Lincoln Economics, Accountancy and Finance Research Group

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.

Group Research

Prof Shrabani Saha, Professor of Development Economics, LEAF Research Group Lead, AF&E Ethics Lead & Director of Research – Economics 

Prof Hao Quach, Professor of Banking and Finance - Director of Research – Finance & Accountancy - PhD Lead Finance & Accountancy

Dr Mahfuzur Rahman, Associate Professor

Dr Nadia Gulko, Associate Professor

Dr David Gray, Associate Professor, Economics Program Development Manager

Dr Fadi Alkaraan, Associate Professor of Accounting, Governance & Sustainability 

Dr Geeta Lakshmi, Associate Professor

Dr Dragana Radicic, Associate Professor

Dr Tim Chai, Senior Lecturer

Mr Umer Farooq, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr David Latham, Senior Lecturer

Dr Eric Ruto, Senior Lecturer in Economics - PhD Lead Economics

Dr Aleksandar Vasilev, Senior Lecturer

Dr Lilian Korir, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Agri-food Systems

Dr Erkan Demirbas, Senior Lecturer in Financial Economics

Dr Chau Le, Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance 

Dr Kim Nguyen, Senior Lecturer 

Ms Linh Nguyen, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Mr Ryan Girdley, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Princely Dibia, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Samy Amer, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Nishani Ekanayake, Senior Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Ngozi Adeleye, Lecturer in Economics

Dr Mehrshad Parvin Hosseini, Lecturer in International Business Economics

Dr Anwesha Bandyopadhyay, Lecturer in Economics

Mr Nikos Xystouris, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Mr Ngoc Tran, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Miss Madiha Sarwar, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Mr Kieron Barber, Lecturer in Banking and Finance

Dr Hanana Khan, Lecturer in Economics

Mr Ha Dang, Lecturer in Finance

Dr Deniz Guvercin, Lecturer in Economics

Dr Davina Bird, Lecturer in Economics

Dr Chaitali Sinha, Lecturer in Economics

Dr Anna Vysotskaya, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Abdul Haque, Lecturer in Econometrics

Dr Abbas Ali Gillani, Lecturer in Economics

Mr Aliyu Isah, Lecturer in International Business Economics

Mrs Emmanuella Uzoigwe, Associate Lecturer 

Dr Arman Mazhikeyev, Associate Lecturer

Dr Ishak Demir, Associate Lecturer



Bodan Liu, PhD Student, Economics

Chigozie E Chukwu, PhD Student, Economics

Nehad Laila Sanju, PhD Student, Economics

Tahmina Rasna, PhD Student, Economics

Ian Warton-Woods, PhD Student, Economics

Tho Pham PhD Student, Economics

Seth Asiamah, PhD Student

Raphael Kasonde, PhD Student

Jiahao Lu, PhD Student

Trang Cu, PhD Student

Dinh Do, PhD Student

Thanh Pham, PhD Student

Thungan Pham (Jenny Pham), PhD Student

Dao Ngoc, PhD Student

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

Research at Lincoln International Business School

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