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Economics research

We are one of the leading Economics faculties in the country, coming joint 6th in the 2008 RAE. Our research interests and expertise have attracted substantial grants and funding from a wide variety of grant awarding bodies (Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Foundation, World Bank, European Commission), from government (Department for Education and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Transport, Treasury, Bank of England, Manpower Services Commission and London Regional Transport) and from the private sector.


Queen Mary has made a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research and we believe that a vibrant research environment means that our students have access to the world’s leading experts in their chosen subjects.

We have invested in this principle through a systematic programme of recruiting the best academic staff in their disciplines from around the world. We are interested in academics at the peak of their careers that have made a substantial commitment to their field, as well as those who show promise. This creates an inspiring and dynamic atmosphere, particularly suitable for postgraduate study.

Current research from staff and PhD students

Main areas of research

The School is involved in many areas of research in Economics, but those on which we place a particular emphasis are:

  • Finance
  • Economic Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Economics

Research Strengths and Collaborations

  • Collaborations with governmental and non-governmental agencies
  • UK & Italian Treasury
  • The Office for National Statistics
  • The Bank of England
  • The Society of Technical Analysts

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

Economics at Queen Mary came sixth in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) - the nation-wide assessment of the quality of research across all faculties in all British universities.

Based on a grade point average score, Economics at the College was ranked among the top six faculties in the UK together with Bristol, Nottingham, LSE, UCL, Essex, Warwick and Oxford.

Some 85 per cent of research activity in the School was considered to be of 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' quality by the by the panel of top academics which drew up the assessment for all 35 departments in the UK.

The RAE results are available on the RAE page

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2001

In the December 2001 RAE, which was undertaken by all universities in the United Kingdom, the School was awarded a rating of five. The RAE is the main indicator used by UK universities to assess the quality of their research, and ratings are awarded according to how much of the departments' work is classed as having a national or international reputation - a rating of 1 is the lowest rank, and 5* the highest.

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