The research carried out at the School of Economics is significant and influential of its kind in China and the world. In the past few years, our work has attracted many international and national awards and grants, featured many times in leading academic journals and earned thousands of citations. We are actively involved in wider research networks around the world and have grown our research capacity together with UK and Malaysia campus.

But research is about far more than gaining the admiration of your peers. It is also about making an impact beyond academia. Research can help boost economic competitiveness, improve the effectiveness of public services and policy and enhance quality of life. We have made important contributions in all of these areas through the work of our research centres.

We are constantly looking to strengthen our research capacity and build on our reputation for excellence. Every member of staff is research-active, and we provide strong support for early career researchers. If you are interested in a research degree with us, please visit our postgraduate research degrees section.

All of these efforts make for one of the most vibrant and inclusive research environments in economics.

REF results


In the latest Research Excellence Framework:

  • we ranked 6th in the UK, judged by the overall research power measure which takes into account both the strength and depth of a department's research activities
  • 90% of our research activities were considered world-leading or  internationally excellent


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