Laila is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC), Imperial College London. She has extensively worked on the topics of (i) the economics of public transport demand, (ii) public transport appraisal and (iii) distributional implications (gender, poverty, displacement dynamics). Her work develops a comprehensive analytical understanding of performance to improve the operation, planning, and design of transport systems.
She is particularly interested in: 1. Ex-post evaluations of transport interventions using causal inference methods and 2.. Addressing distributional concerns.
She serves on a regular basis as reviewer for scientific peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Economics of Transportation, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research part A, Transportation Research Record and PlosOne.