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 2021, 80% of our research impact in Business and Management Studies was classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

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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