Sveta Milusheva is an Economist in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group at the World Bank. She is the lead for ieConnect for Impact, a $40 million dollar program that enables the evaluation of over $5.7 billion in transport investment projects, which is producing data and evidence that can help guide better policy decisions and improve outcomes in transport. This has historically been an understudied sector where more research is needed to ensure equitable, safe and sustainable access.
Her research focuses on the application of new big data sources, such as mobile phone data, crowdsourced data and sensor data, to study questions in development and evaluate the impact of development interventions. She has specifically focused on the ethical use of mobile phone data to study the role of population mobility in the spread of diseases as well as innovating in the use of social media to improve the availability of data on road safety.
She received her PhD and MA in Economics from Brown University and her BA in International Relations and Economics from Emory University. She is passionate about research in infrastructure and ICT, population mobility, health and gender.