Dr Tomas Folke

Research Fellow at Centre for Business Research (CBR), University of Cambridge

Research Fellow, Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School

Tomas Folke is a research fellow at the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, as well as the Chief Statistician for the not-for-profit Ground Truth Solutions; an NGO that brings the voices of affected people to decision-makers in the humanitarian space. His current research focuses on applying statistics and behavioural science to solve real-world problems, with a special emphasis on humanitarian aid and global development. The main academic project he is working on revolves around the implementation and evaluation of mental health care reform in Lebanon. Tomas is also interested in quantitative methods in the behavioural sciences, specifically the relationship between research design and analysis methods, the application and misapplication of statistical modelling, and the potential of big data and machine learning to provide novel behavioural insights.

Tomas joined the CBR in 2018 after finishing his PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. His PhD topic was the role of confidence in perceptual and value-based decision-making. During this time he was the team leader for the Neuroscience and Cognition branch of the Policy Research Group’s Junior Researcher Programme and taught Bayesian statistics as a teaching assistant at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis. Prior to his PhD he completed an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Psychology at the University of York.