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Nilmini Herath

Nilmini Herath

PhD Student

Expertise: networks, economic theory, development


Nilmini is a PhD student in Economics. Her research explores the impact of social networks on beliefs, behaviours and wellbeing in a range of domains, from trust in vaccines to understanding of labour markets. She uses tools from network science, microeconomic modelling and RCT-based impact evaluation to investigate these topics. Much of her research is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining LSE, Nilmini ran the research division of J-PAL Africa at the University of Cape Town and she also held positions in investment banking in quantitative risk modelling for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Nilmini holds a BSc in Mathematics from Queen Mary, University of London, a partial MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and an MPA International Development and an MRes in Economics (both with distinction) from the LSE.