Neela has a background in social and organisational psychology and holds an MSc in Psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to joining the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science as an LSE Fellow in Organisational Psychology, Neela was working as a lecturer and doctoral researcher at the chair of Social and Business Psychology at the University of Zurich. In her PhD thesis Neela focusses on the role of identity management during major organisational changes, such as mergers and acquisitions, and its impact on the development of employees’ organisational identification and performance. Neela's research visit at the University of Queensland in cooperation with Prof. Alexander S. Haslam has strengthened her interest in investigating employees’ health and well-being in times of change. Further academic interests include intergroup relations and conflict, fairness, multiple identities and social support.
Outside academia, Neela has gained work experience in recruitment, leadership evaluation, development and training.