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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.

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.

Uma Kambhampati: Gender, Labour and Wellbeing

Head of the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, Professor Uma Kambhampati's research focuses on the socio-economic aspects of development. She has particular interests in child work, women's empowerment and individual well-being and life satisfaction.


Dr Stefania Lovo’s research involves understanding the role of economic activities and policies to tackle contemporary environmental problems.

FREDDY FARIAS ARIAS - getting involved

Freddy Farias Arias, studied a joint degree in Politics and Economics at the University of Reading, graduating with first-class honours in the summer of 2017.  Read about how Freddy got involved in all aspects of life within the Department of Economics and the University.

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