The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
The School of Economics has a strong research culture and an established reputation in several fields, particularly applied microeconomics (labour and agri-environmental), quantitative macroeconomic theory, econometric forecasting, development, transport and European regional economics and is currently developing a reputation for multidisciplinary research, including behavioural and experimental economics in conjunction with the School of Psychology. The active internal and external seminar programmes foster the overall research effort of staff.
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise recognised the quality of the research in the School of Economics and placed it in the following categories: 4* 15% (world-leading); 3* 60% (internationally excellent) and 2* 25% (internationally recognised). The weighted GPA (grade-point average) score was 2.9 and on this measure places the School in the top five Schools at the University of Kent and equal 16th in comparison with all Universities that submitted to the Economics Unit of Assessment. More widely the School is placed in the top 10% of European Economics Schools under RePEc in April 2011.
The School has invested significantly in new staff in the last few years (including four new lecturers and a major expansion with the augmentation of a group of agri-environmental economists). Academic staff members of the School are generally research active and there has been a continuous flow of external research funding and research output in the form of refereed journal papers, edited collections and books or substantive reports. The School’s Working Paper series is a strong indicator of research activity within the School, containing advanced versions of papers produced by School staff.
The School provides top-quality training for postgraduate students, within its MSc and PhD training programmes, and annual intakes for these programmes are thriving. The vast majority of PhD students receive financial support from the School for their research.
Staff also regularly provide policy advice to national and international institutions.