Alina KnelÄ—

Alina is an economist with over 7 years of professional experience in public policy analysis, the majority of which she spent in the Government Economic Service of the UK. Alina joined PPMI in 2017, where she led a study to support Impact Assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive, aimed to improve and harmonise working conditions (especially precarious) across the EU. Alina has experience in various qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, specialising in cost benefit analysis and Impact Assessments both on a national and international level (UK law and EU Directives). In addition, Alina has worked on strategic transport modelling, forecasting and appraisal to shape transport investment policies, as well as analytical assurance, to ensure analysis is robust, transparent and appropriately communicated to decision makers. Alina gained her experience in the UK’s non-ministerial executive agency Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Transport of the UK and PPMI.  During her career, Alina worked in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, and learned to adopt technical language to non-specialists and apply social science to real life situations to promote evidence-based decision making. 

 

Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: employment and working conditions, occupational health and safety policy, wider transport and transport investment policy, health economics and environmental economics, as well as value for money and analytical assurance in cross-cutting policy areas.
  • Methods: ex-ante (appraisal) and ex-post (evaluation) assessment of regulatory, non-regulatory and investment government policies, cost benefit analysis, Impact Assessments (domestic and European), transport demand modelling and forecasting, business case scrutiny, stakeholder engagement, interviews, surveys, focus groups, desk research, quantitative analysis, multicriteria analysis. etc

 

Education

  • BSc in Economics and Finance, University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 2009

  

Selected projects

  • Study to support impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/EEC) (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, 2017-2018)
  • Investment approach to interventions in social areas: adoption of cost benefit analysis (the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2018)
  • The use of flanking measures in the EU and their implementation to the Lithuanian context (European Commission, Structural Reform and Support Service and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, ongoing)

 

Other

  • Member of Government Economic Service Fast Stream, 2009-2015
  • Completed Continuous Professional Development scheme on the Government Economic Service Fast Stream for technical and soft skills, for example, a Master’s level HAPPPIA course (How to Appraise Policies, Programmes and Projects and Impact Assessments). Also completed a yearly job rotation programme within and across government ministries and agencies (six different posts across two ministries).
  • Better Business Case certificate by APMG-International, 2015
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