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  • Making a difference

    Economics research that is applied to social and business issues


Both our staff and students have incredible stories to tell. Our academics regularly feature in the media, offering their expertise on a range of current issues and affairs.

Emma Wilks: applying my degree to the real world at the FCO

Emma Wilks undertook a placement with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Read more about her experience and how the Department of Economics supported her every step of the way.

Geoff Meen: helping the government fix the UK's housing market

Professor Geoff Meen's research into housing markets looks at a number of social issues, of which housing affordability is just one. Since 2004, he has done work for the England Department for Communities and Local Government, and recently served as a specialist adviser on the House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee.

Sarah Jewell: researching and teaching the economics of labour

Dr Sarah Jewell is interested in human capital – the skills and attributes a person has that makes them attractive in the labour market. Her research focuses on the graduate labour market and how well graduates perform based on a number of factors such as subject choice and whether they return to education.

James Reade: the economics of sport research

Combining his interest in sport with mathematics gave Dr James Reade an intriguing setting in which to study the economic behaviour of people.

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