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About me

  • c-tbird

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Behavioural Economics

City, University of London

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with an interest in subjective well-being, female labour force participation and life course studies. I joined the Psychology department at City, University of London, in May 2013. I am the Programme Director of City's MSc in Behavioural Economics, which is offered jointly by the Departments of Psychology and Economics at City, University of London.


I was previously a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Sociology. At Cambridge, I had an Early Career Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust, Cambridge. I was also a Research Fellow at Darwin College.

Here is the link to my CV.


Research interests


My research is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories and methods from psychology, economics and sociology. I am interested in the choices that individuals make and how these affect their subjective well-being, for instance to what extent a woman's decision to return (or not to return) to work after childbirth influences her overall satisfaction with life. My recent research projects focused on female labour force participation, work-life conflict, financial satisfaction and aspirations.


  • Subjective well-being

  • Behavioural economics

  • Female labour force participation

  • Job satisfaction

  • Gender equality



Research Funding


Pump Priming Grant, City University London, May 2014 - May 2015

Provided research assistance to develop grant proposals


Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, April 2010 - April 2013

Project title: "Female labour force participation and well-being"

Salary support and research expenses


Isaac Newton Trust, Cambridge, April 2010 - April 2013

provided matching funding for Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship




PhD in Economics, 2007
University of Southern California, USA
Dissertation title: "Adaptation, Assets, and Aspirations. Three Essays on the Economics of Subjective Well-Being"
Advisor: Richard A. Easterlin


MA in Economics, 2005
University of Southern California, USA


BA in European Economic Studies, 2001
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany



copyright: TEDxBerlin/ Sebastian Gabsch (2014)

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