Research staff

Raslan Alzuabi

Raslan joined InstEAD as a research associate in 2016.

His PhD focuses on the interaction between financial institutions stability and the macroeconomy. The first chapter studies the risk-taking channel of monetary policy. This channel analyses the relationship between monetary policy and the quality of credit in the financial system. The second chapter examines how banks’ non-traditional activities and funding strategy affect profitability and risk taking. The aim of the third chapter is to assess the interdependencies of the main UK economic sectors and macroeconomic developments.

Raslan’s research interests are in areas of applied macroeconomics, primarily in financial institutions and monetary policy.


emily_mcdool_125x150Emily McDool

Emily joined InstEAD in 2016 and is currently a research associate for the Ethnicity, Identity and Child Development project.

Her PhD focused on the determinants of pupil outcomes within compulsory schooling in the UK and has assisted in research on the effect of young people’s digital social networking on their subjective wellbeing as part of the Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy project.

Emily’s research interests are in areas of applied microeconomics, primarily in education, wellbeing and child development.


Luisanna_Onnis_125x150Luisanna Onnis

After finishing her undergraduate degree in politics and economics in Perugia, Luisanna earned a PhD in Public Economics at the Catholic University of Milan. In September 2012, she held a position at Lancaster University and she is now Research Associate at the Department of Economics on a Leverhulme Trust project on austerity and wellbeing.

Luisanna’s research interests include public economics, migration, measurement theory and the determinants of the shadow economy.


Dr Philip Powell

Philip Powell

Philip joined InstEAD in December 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate on the Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy (CEDE) project.

Philip graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Psychology in 2008, and completed his PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield in 2013, with a doctoral thesis that elucidated self-directed disgust in the context of depression.

Philip’s main focus of research has been the experience of emotion and its effect on psychological well-being.  He also has broader interests in the areas of clinical and health psychology.  In his current role, he is particularly interested in the digital communication of emotional empathy, and the applications of digital empathy in clinical and/or health contexts.

cristina_sechel_125x150Cristina Sechel

Cristina joined InstEAD in 2016, after a brief period as Research Fellow in the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently working on an InstEAD project on household location and income.

Cristina’s PhD focused on the use of Subjective Well-Being information in Economics.

Cristina’s research is in applied microeconomics and applied econometrics. She is especially interested in the economics of well-being and the role of subjective well-being in economic decisions and outcomes. She is also interested in the measurement of economic indicators, how they are collected, constructed, interpreted, and ultimately analysed.

Muhammad Waqas

Muhammad joined InstEAD as a Research Associate in October 2016.

Muhammad’s PhD focused on the subject of immigration, attitudes towards immigration and various other aspects of immigration in the UK. After completing his PhD he joined the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, and worked on Economic Evaluation of UK Primary Bilary Cirrhosis and Randomized Controlled Trials about alcohol screening and brief intervention in a police suites setting.

Muhammad’s research interests are in the areas of applied econometrics, immigration, attitudes towards immigration, labour economics, public policy, health economics, and applied microeconomics. Currently he is working on air quality.