Research Projects

A selection of Alina's key research projects include:

This is an invitation open to all UK businesses and employees to be part of the leading-edge research project "Knowledge is Power - Business and the New Unknown" helping with the COVID-19 pandemic at most uncertain times and informing policymakers about best decisions. A survey questionnaire is open for any UK employee or UK business, to assess the support needed to reach higher levels of job satisfaction, well-being and productivity.

How can this project make a difference to you? It will provide you and policy-makers timely, valuable, scientific information on vital business aspects to find out what works for business and employees, for whom and how to support you.

How is this research different than others? This is not just a one-time research project to write a report gathering dust; this is a scientific, in-depth and longer-term project for creating of value and meaning for business resilience, societal well-being and growth. Our research team is here for the long haul, collecting data from both business and employees, and we do this three times: (1) during the pandemic until 30 Jul 2020, (2) shortly after lockdown eases in autumn 2020 and (3) when things settle down hopefully to normal in early 2021. Only this long-term design, and a joint business-employee survey, can give employees, businesses and policymakers the best, most relevant and timely knowledge

Who is invited to take part? All UK employees and UK businesses are welcome to take part. Please feel free to share the two survey links (to our business and employee surveys) with UK employees (family/friends) and UK business.

What are you invited to do? Fill in the following on-line questionnaire, designed to take no longer than 15 minutes. Estimates is what we're after, no need to spend time typing exact figures.

All responses are kept strictly confidential, shall be stored in a GDPR compliant way, and shall be anonymised so that no employee or business can be identified in any reporting. If you have further questions or queries about this survey, please contact me, the team's research fellow via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email monitored daily).

To take the employee survey, where you are invited to join in so that we can assess the impact of the pandemic on job satisfaction and well-being, new flexible ways of working and productivity, the link is:

while for the business survey please click on the link below, which we also encourage you to share with other businesses: 

All UK businesses and all UK employees are welcome to take part - please feel free to share the two links to our surveys as widely as possible.


Completed Research Projects before joining UCLan

A short summary of Alina’s research projects previous to joining UCLan is as follows: 

January 2007 - March 2008

Research Officer in Management and Productivity Analysis

Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, Oxford  

Project Title (EPSRC grant): “The role of management practices in closing the productivity gap - A Closing the Gap, Crossing the Levels Ideas Factory Project”.

Co-operation project between Oxford, Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield universities.                

  • data encoding and data modelling using the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004, using Stata software
  • using multilevel and multidisciplinary models of relevant variables to understand and predict management practices
  • generating ideas on good practice for productivity improvements
  • aided in the commission, design and analysis of an independent UK and US Retail Survey 2007 (500 UK observations and 500 US observations)
  • preparation of academic papers for publishing 

March 2004 - July 2004

Research Assistant

Department of Economics, Lancaster University, Lancaster

Project Title: ‘Training and Promotion in Britain’

  • data encoding and data modelling of the British Household Panel Survey Waves 1991 – 2003, using Stata software
  • preparation of academic papers for publishing 

February 2000 - August 2000

Research Assistant

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), London

  • compiling case study material on workplace learning
  • researching theoretical concepts in experiential learning: literature research conducted in CIPD archives as well as mainstream libraries
  • conducting interviews in business and academia (e.g. CBI, BAE, Nottingham University, Lancaster University). 

January 2000 - August 2000

Research Assistant

Department of Experiential Learning, Huron University, London 

  • helping to design an effective environment for work placements with the aim of producing a model of experiential learning
  • collaborating with organisations such as the Prince’s Trust and Voluntary Service Overseas  (VSO) in co-ordinating  research activity
  • evaluating psychometric testing techniques: literature search and testing