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Department of Economics Highlights of 2019

14 January 2020

As we say goodbye to 2019 and enter the exciting prospects of a new year and decade, we take a look back at some of the Department’s highlights from the last year.

Collaborative research

2019 was a productive year with 40 academic journals and articles published covering topics on statistics, politics, education, physics, health and philosophy, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of economic research at Bristol.

We collaborated on publications involving international co-authors from seven European countries, the US, China, Japan and South Africa with research covering a diverse range of subjects.

Diverse events

The Department hosted and participated in a number of events organised for both our current students and the wider community, from celebrating Women in Economics; a series of afternoon talks by prominent female economists through to our second annual Global Food Festival; inviting all students from the School of Economics, Finance and Management to come together to celebrate the cultural diversity of our students and staff though global cuisine and entertainment.

“The place was buzzing, what an amazing event! Well organised, loads of independent traders and lots of very happy students enjoying the chance to try new food…

“Good to see the university building links with local businesses.” – Food without Borders Facebook page sharing praise about the the Global Food Festival.

students entering a food festival in a large hall

Launch of a new research centre

The Centre for Evidence-based Public Services (CEPS) launched in October after the Department were awarded Legacy Centre Status by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The new centre focuses on continuing our high quality research on public services and welfare reform combined with policy impact. 

front of the priory road complex building

Discover Economics

Discover Economics is a programme of outreach events organised to offer school and college students from across Bristol the chance to learn to apply economics to real-life issues.

In November, the Discover Economics Taster Day welcomed nearly 200 students from 12 neighbouring schools and colleges to participate in an interactive day.

"It was great to see such a diverse range of students attending our Discover Economics event. There was some great ideas for how to develop alternatives to GDP to measure progress; I think the future of economics will be very bright if these students choose to study it at university and I really hope to see some of  them at Bristol in a couple of years’ time." Professor Sarah Smith, Head of Economics.

Throughout the year the programme offers further events such as Politics and Economics taster days, Women in Economics and Access to Bristol.

Image credit: Student competition entries at Discover Economics, Lboyla Feher, Bristol Festival of Economics

student project ideas brainstormed on paper

New community

We welcomed over 600 new students to the department across both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We look forward to working with you this year.

 students being taught in a lecture

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