Lincoln Economics, Accountancy and Finance Research Group

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What Are We Doing?

The Lincoln Economics, Accountancy & Finance Research Group (LEAF) brings together economics and finance academics from University of Lincoln's International Business School and School of Social and Political Sciences, graduate students, and a diverse network of collaborators, with the aim to facilitate the creation and diffusion of rigorous and policy relevant research as well as research skills within the University, the local community, and the society at large.

Our research is based on microeconomic models encompassing heterogeneous individual and firm behaviours and extends to the functioning of particular industries as well as the macroeconomic perspective that brings in the picture the interplay of institutions, markets, and policies in the diverse contexts of developing, emerging, and developed economies.

Why Is It Important?

A well-functioning markets and a vigorous enterprises are important drivers of growth and poverty reduction. Finance is central to enterprise development and vice versa, and large parts of both areas of inquiry revolve around the behaviour and performance of individuals and firms. Understanding these behaviours and outcomes is important from theoretical and practical perspectives. Even if the markets are efficient and individuals rational most of the time, we need to worry about the times when they are not.

How Are We Different?

On the backdrop of the 2007 financial crisis, the economists have been blamed for their failure to understand the importance of finance and financiers for putting too much faith in the models produced by economists. We recognise that individuals and firms cannot be the rational actors who fit neatly into academic models and that the level of financial development is good only up to a point, after which it may negatively impact economic growth. Therefore in our research we aspire to deal with the world as it is, not the world that is easily modelled.


If you are interested in joining us and/or exploring research collaboration opportunities, please get in touch with Professor Marian Rizov and Associate Professor of Development Economics Dr. Shrabani Saha.

Group Research

Prof Marian Rizov, Professor of Economics

Dr Shrabani Saha, Associate Professor of Development Economics 

Dr Tim Chai, Lecturer

Miss Jane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Floyd, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Gray, Associate Professor

Dr Geeta Lakshmi, Associate Professor

Dr David Latham, Senior Lecturer

Prof Steve McKay, Distinguished Professor in Social Research

Dr Hao Quach, Associate Professor

Dr Dragana Radicic, Associate Professor

Dr Eric Ruto, Head of Postgraduate Research Programmes

Dr Ishak Demir, Associate Lecturer

Dr Aleksandar Vasilev, Senior Lecturer

Dr Jun Hou, Senior Lecturer

Dr Arman Mazhikeyev, Lecturer in Economics

Dr Mahfuzur Rahman, Associate Professor

Dr Nadia Gulko, Associate Professor

Dr Lilian Korir, Post Doctoral Research Associate in Social Science & Economics

Dr Davina Bird, Lecturer

Dr Erkan Demirbas, Lecturer

Dr Weiping Qin, Lecturer

Dr Chau Le, Senior Lecturer 

Dr Ferda Halicioglu, Senior Lecturer

Dr Fadi Alkaraan, Senior Lecturer 

Dr Kim Nguyen, Senior Lecturer 


Bodan Liu, PhD Student, Economics

Chigozie E Chukwu, PhD Student, Economics

Nehad Laila Sanju, PhD Student, Economics

Bond University, Australia

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India

City University of Hong Kong

Curtin University, Australia

Edith Cowan University, Australia

Federation University, Australia

Griffith University, Australia

Iowa State University, USA

IQRA University, Pakistan

Manchester University, UK

Massey University, New Zealand

Middlesex University, UK

Mongolia International University, Mongolia

Qatar University, UAE

Slovak Agricultural University, Slovakia

The University of British Columbia, Canada

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

University of Calcutta – India

University College Dublin

University of Kent, UK

University of Newcastle, UK

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – USA

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Western Sydney University, Australia

University of Otago, New Zealand


University of Waikato, New Zealand

The Department of the Treasury, Australian Government, Canberra

Centurion University, INDIA

CRY - Child Rights and You, INDIA

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Wellington, New Zealand

University of Edinburgh

University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Teagasc, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Ireland

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