The School of Economics has a reputation as a centre of research excellence, having been ranked among the top six UK Economics departments in the latest CHE Excellence Group for outstanding research performance indicators. In the rankings of economics departments published at econphd.net for the most recent available period (1993-2003), UEA was ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for ‘decision theory/experiments'.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (2014) rank the School of Economics 8th among Economics departments for research outputs (Times Higher Education). 91.8% of the School’s research output is scored as either “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, compared with an average score of 77% across all other Economics departments.
The School is a leading partner in two research centres:
- The ESRC Centre for Competition Policy is at the forefront of policy formation in competition economics internationally, with advisory links with the European Commission, the UK Office of Fair Trading and the UK Competition Commission.
- The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science is part of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science, which launched in 2013.
The School's research has been published in most of the world's leading economics journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, as well as in numerous major specialist journals and leading non economics journals.
In addition to its core funding, the School has recently attracted research contracts from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust, among others. Robert Sugden is one of a select group UK economists to have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Professorship.
Developing the potential of our PhD students is considered integral to our vibrant research environment. Students are fully supported by their academic supervisors, frequently present and participate in workshops and have access to rich series of wider research seminar and workshops. Research and teaching are considered a virtuous circle, with teaching reflecting current research whilst stimulating new directions of thought.