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  • 100% of our research impact judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent

    Research Excellence Framework, 2014


The University is ranked 10th in the UK for our research impact for Business and Management Studies*.

*Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014.

World-leading research

The Economics Research Division, which comprises three research centres, concentrates primarily on applied research, but with strong theoretical and empirical foundations, and of direct relevance to economic policy formation at local, national and international levels. The centres reflect our areas of research strength, notably in the fields of development economics, behavioural economics, labour economics, spatial economics, business economics, economic history and big data analysis.

The real-world impact of our work

As an applied economics division, the impact of our research is a high priority.

  • Professor Geoff Meen has been appointed as Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs for its investigation into UK housing.
  • Associate Professor Marina Della Giusta is developing innovative methods for the analysis of student wellbeing. Her research has been covered by the Times Higher Education and the BBC. This research has attracted funding from HEFCE as part of the Learning Gain Project.
  • High-profile research led by Associate Professor Andi Nygaard is examining the effects of migrant communities on social cohesion, particularly concentrating on Slough, UK. In addition, his research analyses and describes the impact of international migration on labour markets and skills availability in South East England.
  • Giovanni Razzu has been advising the European Institute for Gender Equality and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and has been a member of the HM Treasury/EHRC Expert Advisory Group on Fair Financial Decisions.

Research centres

The Centre for Institutional Performance and Economic History (CIPEcH)

Research focuses on issues at the interface of economics, politics, sociology and history.

The International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE)

Current research concentrates on the dynamics of long-run urban change, housing market volatility and international migration.

The Economic Analysis Research Group (EARG)

This centre focuses on macroeconomics and econometrics, and recently organised workshops on methods in dynamic stochastic general equilibrium modelling and inflation forecasting.

Speakers and seminars

Speakers (visiting and from within the University) present their latest research at seminars held in the department in the spring and autumn terms.

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