Namho Kim, M.Sc. Psych.

Tel.: +49 951 863-1748


Since 3/2021

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg: Ph.D. studies in interdisciplinary Human Sciences

08/2018 – 07/2019

Studied Economics of Public Policy (M.Sc.) at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Spain:

Focus: Economics of Happiness

09/2013 – 06/2015

Studied Agricultural and Resource Economics, and International Agricultural

Development (M.Sc.) at the University of California, Davis, USA

03/2004 – 06/2011

Studied Agricultural and Vocational Education (B.Sc.) at the Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

01/2017 – 07/2018

Worked as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - Rome, Italy

  • Managed a portfolio of partnerships (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, and South Korea) to maximize financial contribution to FAO
  • Conducted analysis of donor countries’ development policies for effective donor relations

09/2015 – 12/2016

Worked as a research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank - Washington, D.C, USA

  • Conducted quantitative impact analysis of agricultural and rural development projects

01/2014 – 06/2015

Worked as a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Davis

  • Developed an evaluation tool to assess the economic feasibility of horticulture technologies
  • Managed horticulture technology information database

10/2011 – 07/2013

Co-founded a social enterprise, Korea Gapyear Co. in Seoul, South Korea

  • Introduced, advocated and promoted gap-year culture in South Korea.
  • Developed a business model for the first gap-year service providing company in South Korea
  • Built and managed partnerships with NGOs, social enterprises, and for-profit organizations around the world for gap-year program development

08/2008 – 07/2010

Worked as a project manager for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Paraguay

  • Designed and operated a $50,000 rural development project for small-scale farmers’ household income improvement in a rural village of Paraguay

  • Non-cognitive skills
  • Positive Psychology
  • Economics of Happiness (Well-being)
  • Social Policy
  • Philosophical Psychology


Kim, N., & Schütz, A. (2024). Consumerism and Biased Perceptions on Happiness. In H. Brockmann & R. Fernandez-Urbano (ed.), Encyclopedia of Happiness, Quality of Life and Subjective. Wellbeing Edward Elgar Publishing. DOI:

Working paper

Salazar, L., Fahsbender, J., & Kim, N. (2018). Livestock transfers, food security and women's empowerment: Evidence from a randomized phased-in program in Nicaragua (No. IDB-WP-944). Inter-American Development Bank Working Paper Series

Master Thesis

Kim, N., Feliu, C., Rajab, F. (2018). Where to allocate resources for the prevention of conflict? Unpublished master’s thesis. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Barcelona.