Ilona was a Researcher at Centre for Cities from March 2015 until March 2017.
She joined the Centre for Cities in following the successful completion of the doctoral thesis entitled ‘European Economic Integration and FDI Location: The Fifth Enlargement’ at Newcastle University.
During the course of her doctoral studies she did an internship at the European Commission in Brussels, where she conducted a research project on the economic case for the provision of education and training, and contributed to the overall coordination of Europe2020 within the Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
Ilona holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Newcastle University. She is a railways enthusiast, and is interested in studying firm location choices and the impact of migration on the performance of the UK economy.