Associate Professor (Reader) of Economics
London School of Economics
Rachel is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Economics at the prestigious London School of Economics. Her research focuses on macroeconomics - growth and development, structural transformation, labor markets and housing. "I like to look at economics from a personal experience. It is a big part of the motivation to finding out what's behind the changes in the world we live in," she adds.
Rachel was a talented and diligent student, graduating from HKUST with a number of scholarships and awards under her belt. During her undergraduate days, she went on exchange to the University of Pennsylvania which in turn led to a fellowship for postgraduate studies at the American university. After spending nearly a decade as a Lecturer at LSE, she was invited to return to HKUST as a Visiting Associate Professor.
Rachel has very fond memories of HKUST: having suffered a difficult childhood, she had needed to start work early to support her studies and it was when she won a scholarship to attend HKUST that her life started to turn around. She greatly appreciates her experience at the university. "We had a lot of guidance, plus a lot of freedom to challenge ourselves in our studies. That was wonderful, and really spurred our personal and academic development," says Rachel.