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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:

  • Environmental, Resource and Energy Economics,
  • Money, Banking and Finance
  • Public Health Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Work, Wellbeing, and Ageing
  • Political economy
  • Fiscal federalism

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.

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:

  • ESRC-funded project on the Constitutional Future of Scotland after the independence referendum (led by Professor David Bell in collaboration with other colleagues in the University).
  • Research on youth unemployment, which has been highly influential in affecting policy directions in both the UK and Europe during the Great Recession (led by Professor Bell and Professor Blanchflower).
  • The interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL), which is a joint endeavour between Stirling Management School (SMS) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and brings together a wide range of stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue and focused action within Scotland, with wider international input and impact, on the issue of sustainability. 
  • Behavioural Science Centre - the only specialist centre within Scotland and one of the few within Europe that has strong links with a range of organisations, including the Scottish Government and many others, putting novel observations from the field into practice.
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