Our Economics research has a strong focus on public policy outcomes. We draw on behavioural science approaches, choice modelling, causal inference design and applied theory to improve our understanding of how people and firms make decisions to inform how environmental, health, labour and constitutional policy can be made more effective.

Our research

Environmental Economics

Our research focuses on the economics of sustainability and ecosystem services, including plastic pollution control. This includes environmental valuation, lead by our applied choice researchers, market design and policy evaluation.

Wellbeing and Health

Our Wellbeing and Health research explores the economics of happiness, health, unhealthy behaviours and their psychological aspects, including the broader analysis of how agents make rational or heuristic decisions that may impact their welfare.

Economic Policy and Politics

Research in this area focuses on the study of labour and asset markets for macroeconomic stability, including measures of underemployment. This research links with how fiscal and constitutional changes shape, and are shaped by organisations, local and national governments.

PhD opportunities in Economics

The aim of the PhD Economics programme is the development of students who (a) develop a very high degree of technical ability in economic theory and methods, to allow advanced career progression in the field, and (b) are supported to make an original research contribution to knowledge through high level peer-reviewed publication.

The PhD programme is affiliated with the prestigious Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics and is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council. In REF 2014, Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent. The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

The division is a vibrant and friendly place in which to be based, with a weekly seminar series providing contact with leading external researchers, as well as opportunities to network with academic staff from the division. Whether your career aim involves a research or teaching lead academic career, working in an environmental charity or NGO, or a having a professional economist position in a financial institution, a PhD in Economics can help you achieve your goals.

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