Completed Research Projects

Since joining UCLan in 2008, Alina's research projects can be summarised as follows:

May 2008 - Present

Research Fellow in Labour Economics

Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston


  • data encoding and data modelling using the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004, using Stata software;
  • generating ideas of questionnaire design and research avenues related to: Small and Medium Enterprises in Lancashire - recession and workplace flexibility practices (see SME research page);
  • primary data collection via questionnaire (mail shot); email and e-survey;
  • commission, design and analysis of an independent suvey, the SME Survey 2009 (over 2,000 Lancashire- based observations);
  • data cleansing and data analysis (Excel, STATA);
  • data encoding and data modelling using the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004;
  • producing academic papers;
  • preparing journal / conference submissions







Co-writing a book on Brexit - see Research Disemination, section Books - publication date 1 Sep 2017.






 Workplace flexibility practices and corporate performance  - lead to three peer-reviewed papers

(corporate performance measured via absenteeism, turnover, redundancies etc.)





An analysis of determinants of charitable giving - see

An analysis of industrial socio-economic impact in Lancashire, UK




Primary data collection and analysis of Workplace Flexibility Practices (WFPs) in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) via the LIEBR - SME Survey 2011 Series (see SME Research page; download the Glossary of Workplace Practices related to the SME Survey 2011).


2009 - 2010

Project Title (LBS Funding): “The impact of workplace flexibility practices on labour turnover in Lancashire-based SMEs" - primary data collection - lead to one peer-reviewed article




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);


March 2004 - July 2004

Research Assistant

Department of Economics, Lancaster University, Lancaster

Project Title: ‘Training and Promotion in Britain’


  • preparation of academic papers for publishing.
  • 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


January 2000 - August 2000

Department of Experiential Learning, Huron University, 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).
  • 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 .

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