There are no prescribed areas of study for a postgraduate degree by research. Any economics based subject will be considered, as long as there are enough members of faculty who could supervise this topic. We have an interdisciplinary approach to research and strong links with the Centre for Competition Policy and other research centres. This allows research students to liaise with academics from other Schools within the University.
Students are supervised by a team of at least two members of faculty with expertise in their area and feedback and guidance are regularly provided. Members of faculty are pleased to be approached by prospective PhD candidates about the kinds of research they can supervise.
This is a list of potential supervisors, along with the research topics they would be happy to supervise PhD students in.
I am interested in supervising students on economics of education topics, including: widening access to higher education, higher education policy, skills mismatch and skills training. I will also consider supervision opportunities in the field of labour economics, such as employment policies, and happiness and well-being in the workplace.
My primary research areas are development economics, public sector economics, and behavioural economics. My research is focused on improving the efficiency and operation of the public and non-government sectors. I use a combination of survey, laboratory and field experiment techniques. A large portion of my research is specifically designed to provide policy advice and guidance on public sector operations (including anti-corruption policies). In addition to this, I am also interested in labour issues, including motivation, effort, and contracts.
I specialize in applied microeconomics, working on topics in Political Economy, Development Economics and Public Economics, such as education, voting, corruption and long-run economic growth. I will gladly supervise students interested in empirical work in these fields, particularly on policy evaluation and estimating causal relationships. Expect to learn popular research designs such as regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences, but also to get guidance on field experiments.
Dr Alasdair Brown
Financial economics (particularly behavioural finance and market microstructure), and applied econometrics.
Dr Christa Brunnschweiler
I am interested in topics involving mainly applied work in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics, conflict studies, trade, and political economy. I am happy to advise theses that use macro- or microeconometric approaches, and that combine theory with empirical applications.
Dr Joel Clovis
Joel offers: Topics in Banking and Banking Regulation; Financial Sector Development; Applied Econometrics; and Macroeconomic Modelling
Professor Steve Davies
Industrial organisation, competition economics, tacit collusion, non-linear pricing in oligopoly, multinational firms, mergers, merger simulation and merger remedies, evaluating competition policy, buyer power in the retail food sector, the determinants of industrial structure and concentration, the Single European Market, diffusion of technology.
Dr Peter Dawson
My general area of interest is in applied microeconomics, with particular interests in education, labour economics and, most notably, the economics of sport and leisure. Work I have conducted in this latter area include: demand for professional team sports, decision-making of referees, club and managerial performance, and the impact of major sporting events including legacy effects.
Dr Corrado Di Maria
I am interested in supervising students on (almost any) topics in environmental and natural resource economics and policy. I have research experience on environmental policy in dynamic models, the evaluation of market-based policy instruments, the interaction of environmental policy and natural resource use, the economics of energy generation, endogenous technological change and technology diffusion, as well as in the link between skills availability, brain drain and economics growth. I am particularly keen to discuss projects that entail both theoretical and empirical aspects.
Professor Enrique Fatas
Behavioural Analysis of Institutions (Economics of Conflict, Natural Identities and Ethnic and Linguistic Discrimination, Behavioural Determinants of Terrorism, Tax Compliance), Organisations (Coordination Games, Sanctions and Rewards, Compensation Schemes, Hierarchies and Social Networks), and Markets (Bounded Rationality and Price Competition, Price Guarantees, Consumers Boycotts).
Dr Jack Fosten
My primary research interests are in econometrics, more specifically: time series econometrics, forecasting, forecast evaluation, big data methodology and nowcasting. I would be interested in supervising students undertaking theoretical or empirical projects in any of these, or related, areas. I am currently working on the use of dynamic factor models for forecasting and nowcasting, and also on tests to evaluate the performance of nowcasting procedures.
Dr Liliana Harding
Labour migration, economic development in Central and Eastern Europe, economics of arts and culture.
My field is behavioural economics, specifically social preferences. My research interests include group identity, norm adherence and peer effects among adults and children. I also have interests in genoeconomics, the analysis of economic topics using genetic data. I am interested in supervising PhD students who want to work in these areas.
Dr Antony Jackson
Algorithmic trading, portfolio construction, economic value of financial forecasts, real estate.
Dr Aikaterini Karadimitropoulou
Research interests are on the areas of Macroeconomics, International Macroeconomics, Applied Macro-econometrics and Economic Growth. She is currently working on the synchronisation of international business cycles at the disaggregate level and the factors responsible for this co-movement.
Dr Emiliya Lazarova
Matching and coalition formation models are used to study diverse economic situations such as the matching of workers to firms and students to colleges, the allocation of houses, the formation of governments as well of international environmental agreements. I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of matching theory and coalition formation, especially as refers to issues in the context of status seeking, social integration, and conflict. I am happy to discuss both theoretical and empirical projects in these areas.
Applied micro theory. Specific domains of interest are: 1) Strategic information transmission and retrieval (collective deliberation, review mechanisms, media sensationalism, ambiguity of language). 2) Collective decision making (committees, juries, elections, political parties, lobbying). 3) Non-Bayesian/behavioral models. (Ambiguity, Cognitive hierarchies, Social Preferences, Psychological games, etc).
Professor Bruce Lyons
Economics of market structure; competitive effects in markets with behavioural consumers; economic analysis of competition policy, including appropriate interventions (remedies).
Ben has research interests, and is willing to supervise PhD students, in game theory, social choice theory and normative microeconomics. He is particularly interested in research ideas that use cooperative game theory and/or lie close to the frontiers between economics, political science and social philosophy.
Professor Peter Moffatt
Experimetrics; Econometric modelling of data from economic experiments; Modelling of risk attitude; Discrete choice models; Financial Econometrics, including option pricing models.
Dr Georgios Papadopoulos
Micro-econometric applications in the fields of labour, population and health economics. Particularly interested in investigating econometric issues arising in count data and limited dependent variable models.
Behavioural game theory, especially psychological game theory. Psychological game theory is useful for understanding the strategic implications of emotions or belief-dependent motivations such as anger, guilt, reciprocity, status-seeking etc. Such motivations and emotions play an important role in many real world games.
Dr Stefan Penczynski
I am interested in the analysis of economic behavior in the wide fields of Behavioral Game Theory, Information Economics, Political Economy. Further, I am interested in understanding consumption decisions, among others in the field of nutrition. Methodologically, I am interested in using and analyzing natural language communication.
Dr Arnold Polanski
My research interests are mainly in socio-economic networks, game theory, financial economics and financial risk/interdependence.
Dr Anders Poulsen
Bargaining and negotiation; coordination; competition; social preferences; behavioural game theory; decision making under cognitive load and time pressure.
Dr Odile Poulsen
I am happy to supervise students who are interested in behavioural macro including areas such as labour markets, growth, government policies or behavioural research on fairness, and social norms.
Dr Abhijit Ramalingam
Contract theory; Behavioural and experimental economics, particularly analysis of cooperation and competition; Interactions on networks; Inequality
My research interests are in international trade, environmental economics and applied econometrics.
Dr Stefania Sitzia
Behavioural and experimental economics with a focus on focal points and consumers' behaviour (price complexity, energy tariffs and price shaping). Experimental and economic methodology.
Professor Robert Sugden
My research uses theoretical, experimental and philosophical methods to investigate issues in normative economics, behavioural economics, the foundations of decision and game theory, the methodology of economics, and the evolution of social conventions.
Professor Theodore Turocy
Game theory, auctions, the provision of public goods, contests, computational methods in game theory and economics, choice architecture.
My interests are within economic theory: general equilibrium; consumer theory; financial economics; corporate governance, firms and market failures; economic dynamics; cost sharing in networks.
Dr Marta Wisniewska
Finance, Investments, Asset Pricing, Derivatives
Dr Fuyu Yang
Bayesian econometrics, financial econometrics, and time series econometrics.
You can find a more comprehensive list of staff and their interests in our People page.