Economics - Research Activities

Research activities are central to the work of the Economics group.

The group hosts a programme of research seminars which run throughout the year and feature both internal and external speakers.

Research grants

External grants for projects (since 2012)

The Economics group has a record of successfully attracting external grants for research projects. Below are some examples of current and recent research grants:

  • Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Project: 'The role of public spending components on political business cycles and fiscal consolidations', Vitor Castro.
  • Royal Economics Society (Special Projects Scheme). Conference: Network of Industrial Economists, Anna Bennato, Luke Garrod and Chris Wilson.
  • The Health Foundation. Project:'Life course impacts of health on social and economic outcomes and transitions', Simona Rasciute.
  • Royal Economic Society. Conference: 'Modelling Macroeconomic and Financial Time Series', Justine Wood and Eric Pentecost.
  • ESRC and UKRI. Project: 'Technology Driven Next Generation Insurance (TECHNGI)', Alistair Milne and Tzameret Rubin.
  • ESRC and UKRI. Project: 'The Evolution of AI Industries', Alistair Milne and Tzameret Rubin.
  • ESRC. Project: Funding for Joint PhD Studentship on Tax Competition for FDI, Ben Ferrett.
  • International Growth Centre (IGC). Project: 'Regional Analysis of Inflation Dynamics in Ghana: Persistence, Causes and Policy Implications', Simeon Coleman.
  • Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University. Project: 'Personalities, career characteristics, and the historical development of Japanese monetary policy', Chris Spencer.
  • European Commission DG COMP. Project: 'The Microeconomic Impact of Enforcement of Competition Policies on Innovation', Anna Bennato.

External collaborations

Members of the Economics group conduct collaborative research with external partners from both the UK and a wide range of other countries.

Our research collaborators within the UK are from institutions including:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Warwick
  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • Birmingham University
  • University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • Newcastle University
  • De Montfort University
  • Brunel University
  • University of Sheffield
  • Aston University
  • University of Strathclyde

Our international collaborators are from institutions including:

  • USA: NYU Stern School of Business, Michigan State University, Drexel University, University of Houston-Downtown, University of North Carolina, Ohio University, Binghamton University
  • China: Renmin University, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu University of Technology, Shandong University
  • Australia: Curtin University, Monash University, Queensland University, La Trobe University
  • Japan: Hitotsubashi University, Kindai University, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo)
  • Germany: ifo Institute, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Technical University Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • France and Spain: Toulouse School of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Jaume I University, University of Barcelona, Universidad Pública de Navarra
  • Portugal: University of Minho, University of Coimbra, University of Lisbon
  • Italy: University of Palermo, Università del Piemonte Orientale, University of Padua, University of Verona, University of Bari, University of Siena, IMT High Studies School Lucca
  • University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; American University of Sharjah, Dubai; University of Malta; Lund University, Sweden; University of Innsbruck, Austria; Singapore Institute of Technology

Conferences and events organised

Examples of recent research events organised by members of the Economics group:

  • Network of Industrial Economists. Conference and PhD Symposium at Loughborough University (2017): Luke Garrod, Chris Wilson and Anna Bennato.
  • Global Political Economy Network. Conference at Loughborough University London (2018): Huw Edwards.
  • 'Behavioural and Decision Sciences'. Conference at Loughborough University (2019): Enrique Fatas and Anna Bennato.
  • 'Modelling Macroeconomic and Financial Time Series'. Conference at Loughborough University (2014): Justine Wood and Eric Pentecost.
  • 'Macroeconomic Policies in Post-crisis Emerging and Developing Countries'. Annual Conference at Loughborough University: Simeon Coleman.
  • 'Water Industry Performance and Cost Assessment'. Workshop at Loughborough University (2018): David Saal and Maria Nieswand.
  • 'Tax Competition between National Governments for Footloose Multinationals: Perspectives from Economics'. Workshop at Loughborough University (2017): Ben Ferrett.

Visiting positions and external roles

  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, Vitor Castro.
  • Council Member, Scottish Economic Society, Justine Wood.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Anna Bennato.
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Chris Spencer.
  • Shimomura Fellow, Development Bank of Japan, Chris Spencer.
  • External Research Fellow, Nottingham Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham, Ben Ferrett.
  • Visiting Academic, University of Malta, Ben Ferrett.
  • Academic Assessor for VQR (Italy’s REF), Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Academic Consultant, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Academic Consultants, Anglian Water, David Saal, Maria Nieswand and Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Academic Consultant, 'Breast Cancer Now' charity, Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Academic Consultant, Welsh Water, Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Subject Matter Expert, McGraw Hill, Justine Wood.
  • External Examining: University of Strathclyde (Ben Ferrett), University of Surrey (Chris Spencer), Nottingham Trent University (Justine Wood), Aston Business School (Justine Wood).

Editorial positions

  • Journal of Banking Regulation, Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Alessandra Ferrari.
  • Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Alessandra Ferrari.
  • The World Economy, Huw Edwards (Guest Editor).
  • Economic Issues, Simeon Coleman.
  • African Review of Economics and Finance, Simeon Coleman.