Specialising in applied economics, particularly labour and energy economics and with significant expertise in macroeconomics, economics of health and wellbeing and experimental economics.

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The Department of Economics is one of three disciplines that make up the Business School. It organises research activity in Economics and coordinates undergraduate teaching in Economics. There are over 20 faculty members in Economics, together with a number of research fellows, emeritus and honorary staff. The Department has a well-established tradition of research in applied economics, particularly in the areas of labour economics and energy economics. There are also research interests in:

  • macroeconomics
  • international economics
  • industrial organisation
  • the economics of health and wellbeing
  • experimental economics
  • labour economics

There are especially strong links between the Economics Department and Health Economics Research Unit, one of the leading centres in health economics in Europe.

The Department's Research Convenor is Professor Catia Montagna.

The Department has a strong track record of PhD supervision in applied economics. We can offer supervision in the following areas:

  • energy and environmental economics
  • labour economics
  • macroeconomics
  • international economics and industrial organisation
  • the economics of health and wellbeing
  • experimental economics

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 71% of research in the Business School was graded as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent’, while 88% was assessed as having ‘outstanding' or 'very considerable' impacts on society, organisations, and the economy.

Economics has 1+3 (+CASE) ESRC recognition for doctoral research through collaboration with the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE).

Our Research

The Economics theme focuses on:

  • Labour economics
  • Energy economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Experimental economics

Economics research is integrated across five distinct research themes in our Business School. These themes are carried through into our Research Centres and current research projects. Find out more about our staff research interests on our departmental pages.

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Further information about our doctoral programme

Research Interests

Theory and Methods

The theme explores implications for methodological, theoretical, and empirical research as well as impacts for policy and practice.

Co-theme Leaders: Dr Karolina Kazimierczack

Theory and Methods

Property Market Analysis

Internationally-recognised research on real estate markets and regional and rural development issues, with findings influencing academic, policy and professional debates in the UK and worldwide.

Theme Leader: Professor Norman Hutchison

Property Market Analysis

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants for the PhD should have prior training in appropriate research methods at the postgraduate level.
  • Applicants to the PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also show evidence of attaining standards in English.

If you think a specific member of staff in Finance would be suited to your proposed area of research, you may find it helpful to contact that person directly to discuss your proposal so you can be guided through the application process in more detail.

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Recent Doctoral graduates of the Department of Economics have been appointed to academic positions in the UK and abroad both in the fields of Economics and Health Economics, as well as as applied economists in governments and international organisations. They have also been appointed as Lecturers in the Departments of Economics at the University of Stirling and University College Cork, and as researchers at the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen and the Macaulay Land Use Institute in Aberdeen.

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