Economics Research

Real world, interdisciplinary research

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The Economics Division represents a realistic and policy-relevant economics. We address real-world challenges through our research and promote a wide-range of perspectives. 

The Division's research centre, the Applied Institute for Research in Economics (AIRE), supports and disseminates research in economics and political economy at the University of Leeds.

An interdisciplinary approach

We have strong local, national and international partnerships with community organisations, industry and government.

We work with other disciplines – business, social sciences, and STEM – to solve complex, practical problems and lead several interdisciplinary research projects.  

Members of the Economics Division also lead and contribute to the Cities research theme of the University of Leeds.


To date, our Division has had several large-scale research grants totalling more than £16m.

Current and recent large-scale research grants include: