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Our Impact and Public Engagement


The Department of Political Economy has a thriving and policy-relevant research culture. Our faculty members advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and support national and international organisations engaged in the world of public affairs. Much of our work has a public policy dimension and members of the department regularly appear in the media and hold conversations with the domestic and international policy-making community.

The Strand Group

We work closely with The Strand Group whose teaching programme brings practitioners into the classroom to provide students with a unique opportunity to interrogate primary sources first-hand.

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Latest Research News - 2020

  • Dr Cevat Giray Aksoy saw his paper, Robots and the Gender Paygap in Europe, published by the Institute of Labour Economics, with the piece also featuring in The Independent.
  • Professor Jonathan Portes was a guest on BBC Radio 4 to discuss the government's post-Brexit immigration policy. You can re-listen to the episode here.
  • Professor Anja Shortland’s book, Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business, won the Douglass North Best Book Award for the best book in institutional and organisational economics published during the last two years.
  • Professor Paul Lewis was invited to take part in a UK-wide project that will serve as a blueprint for the next generation of the UK’s technician workforce.
  • Professor Peter John joined a team backed by the UK Democracy Fund that is conducting trials in an effort to increase the number of people from groups with a history of low voter turnout to engage with elections.

Our Impact

Read how our research has informed understanding of our society, and the world we live in.

News & Events from the Department of Political Economy