Ashley is a DPhil in Economics student at the University of Oxford and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). Her research sits at the intersection of development, behavioural and labour economics, with projects in Colombia, Bangladesh, India and Malawi. Her research interests concern how beliefs and imagery (mental simulations) shape economic decision making and whether they can be fostered through interventions. She also investigates the role of frictions in online job matching and the effects of artificial intelligence on labour markets in the service sector.
Ashley previously obtained a MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a BCom in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with an Honours in Economics from the University of Cape Town.