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Simona Rasciute

Dr Simona Rasciute

Dr Rasciute leads the HW-RIG which focuses on research that aims to influence policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing in society

Health and Wellbeing Research Interest Group (HW-RIG)

Leader: Simona Rasciute, Senior Lecturer in Economics

The Health and Wellbeing Research Interest Group (HW-RIG) focuses on research that influences policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing in society.

The members of this interdisciplinary RIG use a wide range of research methods, including econometric modelling, simulation, predictive modelling methods, laboratory experiments, theoretical models as well as qualitative methods.

HW-RIG research aligns with Loughborough University’s Health and Wellbeing Global Challenge to bring solutions to promote health and wellbeing across the life course and national contexts.

Themes include:

  • Econometric modelling of large-scale secondary data to investigate the determinants and outcomes of health and wellbeing and their relations to social and human capital as well as economic factors to inform policy
  • Innovation in the pharmaceutical industry and its effects on public health
  • Wellbeing outcomes of individuals and bullying/cyberbullying at work
  • Enhancing access to information and knowledge in support of societal and individual wellbeing
  • Healthcare modelling using primarily simulation tools to build models that help health care organisations and practitioners make better decisions
  • Health inequalities and social wellbeing measurement
  • Healthcare commissioning and prioritisation
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Mental health, emotions and social media
  • Job insecurity, unemployment, social identity and wellbeing
  • Policy and strategy formation and execution focused on policy implications of the analysis of social inclusion
  • Biomedical predictive modelling using advanced data analytics and predictive modelling methods (artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, feature selection)

RIG Leader:

Dr Simona Rasciute, Senior Lecturer in Economics


Associate Members:

Recent Publications:

  • Bennato, A.R. and Valletti, T. (2014). Pharmaceutical Innovation and Parallel Trade. International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol.33, pages 83-92.
  • Bennato, A.R., Bokhari, F., Mariuzzo, F. (2017). Growth and returns to new products and pack varieties: the case of UK pharmaceuticals. (invited R&R at Small Business Economics)
  • Bennato, A.R. and Magazzini, L. (2018). Does Regulation drive International Research Cooperation? Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Sector. The World Economy, Vol. 42 (4), pages 1200-1223.
  • Bennato, A.R., and Giulietti, M. (2019). Patent Policy Regulation and Public Health. (invited R&R at Journal of Industrial and Business Economics).
  • Chen, X., M. Sykora, T. Jackson, S. Elayan, and F. Munir (2018). Tweeting Your Mental Health: An Exploration of Different Classifiers and Features with Emotional Signals in Identifying Mental Health Conditions. In Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
  • Cosma, G and Mcginnity, TM (2019) Feature extraction and classification using leading eigenvectors: Applications to biomedical and multi-modal mHealth data, IEEE Access, 7, pp.107400-107412.
  • Cosma, G, McArdle, SE, Reeder, S, Foulds, GA, Hood, S, Khan, M, Pockley, AG (2017) Identifying the Presence of Prostate Cancer in Individuals with PSA Levels <20 ng ml−1 Using Computational Data Extraction Analysis of High Dimensional Peripheral Blood Flow Cytometric Phenotyping Data, Frontiers in Immunology, 8.
  • Cosma, G, Brown, D, Archer, M, Khan, M, Graham Pockley, A (2017) A survey on computational intelligence approaches for predictive modeling in prostate cancer, Expert Systems with Applications, 70, pp.1-19.
  • Cosma, G, Acampora, G, Brown, D, Rees, RC, Khan, M, Pockley, AG (2016) Prediction of Pathological Stage in Patients with Prostate Cancer: A Neuro-Fuzzy Model, PLOS ONE, 11(6), pp.e0155856-e0155856.
  • Coyne, I.J., Gopaul, A-M., Campbell, M., Pankász, A., Garland, R., Cousans, F. (2017). Bystander responses to bullying at work: The role of mode, type and relationship to target. Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN: 0167-4544.
  • Coyne, I.J., Farley, S., Axtell, C., Sprigg, C.A., Best, L., Kwok, O. (2017). Understanding the relationship between experiencing workplace cyberbullying, employee mental strain and job satisfaction: A dysempowerment approach. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(7), pp.945-972.
  • Downward, PM, Hallmann, K, Rasciute, S (2018). Exploring the interrelationship between sport, health and social outcomes in the UK: Implications for health policy, European Journal of Public Health, 28(1), pp.99-104.
  • Fatas, E., M.A. Melendez and H. Solaz (2019). Social hierarchies. Economic Inquiry, forthcoming.
  • Fatas, E., S. Hargreaves-Heap and D. Rojo-Arjona (2018). Preference conformism: An Experiment. European Economic Review, 105: 75-82.
  • Fatas, E. and A. Morales (2018). The Joy of Ruling. Theory and Decision, 85 (2): 179-200.
  • Longo, Y, Coyne, IJ, Joseph, S (2017). Development of the Short Version of the Scales of General Well-Being: The 14-item SGWB. Personality and Individual Differences, 124, pp.31-34.
  • Longo, Y, Coyne, IJ, Joseph, S (2017). The Scales of General Well-Being (SGWB). Personality and Individual Differences, 109, pp.148-159.
  • Longo, Y, Coyne, IJ, Joseph, S, Gustavsson, P (2017). Support for a general factor of well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 109, pp.148-159.
  • Karsu, O, Morton, A, Argyris, N (2018) Capturing Preferences for Inequality Aversion in Decision Support, European Journal of Operational Research, 264(2), pp.686-706.
  • Kotiadis, K and Tako, AA (2018). Facilitated Post-model coding in Discrete Event Simulation (DES): A case study in Healthcare. European Journal of Operational Research.
  • Kumar, H., Manoli, A. E., Hodgkinson, I. R., & Downward, P. (2018). Sport participation: From policy, through facilities, to users’ health, well-being, and social capital. Sport Management Review, 21(5), 549-562.
  • Mao, L., Jackson, L., and Jackson, T. (2017). Investigation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell internal behaviour during long term operation and its use in prognostics. Journal of Power Sources, 362(September): 39-49.
  • S.A. Mat Saat, M. Hepworth, and T. Jackson (2018). “She looked like an Alien”: Experience and definitions children attach to a parental cancer diagnosis. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 70(1): 78- 103
  • Patterson, F, Cousans, F, Coyne, I, Jones, J, Macleod, S, Zibarras, L (2017). A preliminary investigation to explore the cognitive resources of physicians experiencing difficulty in training. BMC Medical Education, 17(1).
  • Rasciute, S., Downward, P., and Greene, W. (2017). Do relational goods raise well-being: an econometric analysis, Eastern Economic Journal 43(4): 563-579.
  • Selenko, E, Berkers, H, Carter, A, Woods, SA, Otto, K, Urbach, T, De Witte, H (forthcoming) On the dynamics of work identity in atypical employment: Setting out a research agenda., European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.
  • Selenko, E and DeWitte, H (2017). How does job insecurity affect performance and political outcomes? Social identity plays a role. In Academy of Management Meeting, Academy of Management Proceedings, Atlanta, pp.16972-16972.
  • Selenko, E, Mäkikangas, A, Stride, CB (2017). Does job insecurity threaten who you are? Introducing a social identity perspective to explain well-being and performance consequences of job insecurity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(6), pp.856-875.
  • Selenko, E and Pils, K (2017). The after-effects of youth unemployment: More vulnerable persons are less likely to succeed in Youth Guarantee programmes, Economic and Industrial Democracy.
  • Seymour-Smith, S, Brown, D, Cosma, G, Shopland, N, Battersby, S, Burton, A (2016) “Our people has got to come to terms with that”: changing perceptions of the digital rectal examination as a barrier to prostate cancer diagnosis in African-Caribbean men, Psycho-Oncology, 25(10), pp.1183-1190.
  • Wagg, S, Cooke, L & Simeonova, B. (forthcoming). Digital inclusion and women's health and well-being in rural communities. in Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wicker, P, Downward, PM, Lera-Lopez, F (forthcoming) Does regional disadvantage affect health-related sport and physical activity level? European Journal of Sport Science, 17(10), pp.1350-1359.
  • Wicker, P and Downward, PM (forthcoming). Exploring spillovers between government quality and individual health production through sport and physical activity, European Sport Management Quarterly.


Research Funding:

  • T. Jackson Integrating social media, geospatial information, and sentiment analysis for the analysis of emotional stress in urban environments (SSHRC £110,408).
  • T. Jackson (2014-2018). Novel empowering solutions and technologies for older people to retain everyday life activities (EU H2020, Euro 4.9mln)
  • I. Hodgkinson and P. Downward (2016) Co-creation and the casualization of sport and fitness participation: Does neoliberalism produce solutions to social inclusion and public well-being? (British Academy/Leverhulme, £7,910.50).
  • Downward, P. and Rasciute, S. and Hirsh, D. (2018-2020). Life course impacts of health on social and economic customers and transitions (The Health Foundation, £200,000).
  • Selenko, E. (2016-2017). When does job insecurity threaten our identity? Expansion of a theoretical perspective (British Academy small research grant).


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