Research and impact

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The Department’s research centre is the Applied Institute for Research in Economics. Our research is policy-relevant, realistic and pluralistic. We address real-world challenges through our research and promote a wide-range of perspectives. We demonstrate a high capability for interdisciplinary research, as well as disciplinary research. This means that our research on any one theme is diverse:

  • Taking multiple perspectives in economics: distinctive pluralistic breadth of the Department
  • Operating at multiple scales (cities, regions, nations, international)
  • Using multiple methods: qualitative (semi-structured interviews; ethnographic methods), quantitative (applied econometrics; survey methods) and mixed (realist)
  • Engaging multiple disciplines eg economics, environment and engineering approaches (to innovation, industrial strategy); sociology; geography; international business; history
  • Recognising importance of institutions, history, and political economy as well as individuals
  • Addressing pedagogy and research-led teaching

The macro economy and macroeconomic policy

Macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial economics, international economics; productivity, performance and growth.

Work, labour and organisation

Labour economics, labour-management relations, the nature and future of work and work organisation; productivity, performance and growth.

Financialisation and globalisation

Financial economics, monetary economics, international economics, macroeconomics; productivity, performance and growth.

Development and wellbeing

Development economics, welfare economics, happiness economics; productivity, performance and growth.

Environment, infrastructure, innovation and the circular economy

Ecological and environmental economics, regional and urban economics, innovation economics, industrial economics, welfare economics, agricultural economics; productivity, performance and growth. 


Members of the Economics Department also lead and contribute to the University's Cities research theme, working towards creating socially, environmentally and economically sustainable cities and to avoid a divided and unstable urban future. 


We have a portfolio of more around £20M in recent and current grants for which our members are PI or Co-I, from diverse funders including ESRC, EU, EPSRC, NERC, ISCF, GCRF, BBSRC, national and local Government, and stakeholders of many kinds. These generate approximately £10M for the University and £3M for the Faculty of Business. For more information see the Department’s research centre, the Applied Institute for Research in Economics.


Our excellence and real-world ethos commit us to seek impact of all kinds, across all levels and scales. For more information see the Department’s research centre, the Applied Institute for Research in Economics.