Research in Economics

Cutting-edge and diverse research in a vibrant environment

The Economics Division at The University of Stirling Management School is a vibrant community with world-leading academic credentials and strong professional links with interdisciplinary researchers, policy institutions and the business community.

We are dedicated to producing world-leading research in the following key areas:

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Our cutting-edge research contributed significantly to the School’s exceptional performance in 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in which the School ranked among the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management out of 101 business schools and top 5 universities in Scotland. 

Over 90% of our research submitted to REF 2014 was judged to be the world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of their impacts, significantly higher than the 80% UK average in the Unit of Assessment.

SIREWe are active participants in Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE). SIRE is the outcome of a substantial investment in Economics Research in Scotland (approximately £21 million over five years) by the Scottish Funding Council and ten participating universities. It builds on the distinguished tradition of Economics in Scotland, with eminent contributions from, among others, Adam Smith and David Hume, and the more recent history of successful collaboration in the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics, founded in 1989. The Economics Division runs one of the three major research pathways (Work and Well-Being). 

Our staff have been successful in winning funding awards from various reputable institutions, including Leverhulme, European Investment Bank, Scottish Funding Council, Environment Agency, Health Foundation, Nuffield, ESRC, and SIRE. 

The diversity of our research provides us a competitive edge to offer a number of courses and modules, workshops, MSc and Ph.D. supervision involving a range of topics.

A vital part of our research environment is a vibrant doctoral community, many of whom are international students often with public or government funding. They are supported by, and work closely with, our leading academic researchers.

Impact on Policy

The Economics Division strongly encourages and supports activities that have the potential to generate impact. A substantial number of our research projects have been developed to address major policy questions directly; often in collaboration with large-scale policy institutions. For example:

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