Isabelle Roland is a third year PhD student in the Department of Economics. Her research focuses on current developments and vulnerabilities in the banking sector and their impact on the real economy. In particular, she is currently working on the topics of asset encumbrance and zombie lending in the UK. Her broader research interests are in finance, especially banking and corporate finance and macroeconomics. She received a BSc in Economics from the University of Leuven in Belgium, an MSc in Economics and an MRes in Economics from LSE.