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The Department of Economics comprises a group of economists who make a variety of significant contributions to the discipline, including the Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development hosted in the department and the Innogen Institute located at the University. OU economists are involved in major externally funded pieces of work related to development and health, inequalities within households and the measurement of economic progress. There are also high-profile research connections with other leading universities around the world.

We welcome applications from students with interests in development, innovation, industrial economics, health, economic theory and philosophy, behavioural economics, economics of personal finance, economics and gender issues – particularly in household or labour economics.

Research students work closely with supervisors and have been very successful in obtaining jobs in academia.

Key facts

  • Publications in a range of excellent journals (economics, development, innovation, health and social policy).
  • Conference and other research expense support.
  • Strong connections with other departments and faculties in the OU (includes opportunities for multidisciplinary supervision e.g. economics and statistics, economics and business, economics and geography).
  • Very strong track record of grant funding from international and national sources (e.g. EU, UN, ESRC, AHRC).
  • Opportunity to apply for studentships supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Ms Jan Smith
+44 (0)1908 654456

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.