The School of Economics has a thriving research community. Our staff produce world-class research, publish regularly in leading academic journals and foster generative research partnerships around the world.

The School has an international reputation in a number of fields, particularly:

  • development economics
  • macroeconomics (including growth, structural transformation and business cycles)
  • microeconomics
  • labour
  • econometrics
  • agri-environmental economics.

The achievements of our academics, our international partnerships and our lively research seminar series create an environment in which creative, innovative study can thrive. The variety and breadth of research in the School enables us to offer a wide choice of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

World-leading research

Our academics are leading figures in their fields, producing award-winning and internationally recognised research.

Research impact

Policymakers across the world benefit from our research. We analyse some of the profound issues of our time including the link between economic development and human rights violations.

Dr Zaki Wahhaj

Tackling child marriage: an economic approach

Dr Zaki Wahhaj explores the phenomenon of child marriage using a simple economic model

Our research: making a difference

Researchers at the School of Economics are committed to performing research that is relevant to the common good. We are keen to share our findings with the wider public in a variety of formats and to engage with policymakers and other stakeholders in developing our research and disseminating findings. A number of our staff serve in positions outside of academia where their research expertise can provide a unique perspective on economic and social issues.

Our research projects have attracted funding from sources such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Council, the Department for International Development, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, the Murata Foundation in Japan and the World Bank.

Our staff are experts in their fields and their expertise has been sought by government departments and international organisations such as: 

  • Asian Development Bank
  • Bank of England 
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • European Central Bank
  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • HM Treasury
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Ministry of Finance India
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • World Bank.

Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.