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Our research

Our department is unusual in combining three major disciplines: economics, mathematics and statistics.

Our academics and PhD students conduct cutting edge research in four key areas - econometrics and statistical sciences, macroeconomics, microeconomics and mathematics - and exploit the synergies that arise from our overlapping interests and the informal engagement produced by physical co-location.

Our research benefits from existing research centres, Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics and Centre for Finance and Commodities, that facilitate interactions with external academics, policymakers, our current and former PhD students.

Research in the department must pass our research ethics process.

Research projects and news

Our Community and collaborations

Department members have a large network of academic collaborators in the UK and abroad and several are affiliated to international research networks such as the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), CESifo, Kiel Institute for the World Economy and IZA.

In the public sector, staff work with various organisations including the IFS, UK Regulators Network, Competition Commission/Competition and Markets Authority, the OECD, the Bank of England and the Bank of Spain. Collaborations with the private sector include KPMG, NERA, Frontier Economics, Smithers and RBB Economics.

We engage with diverse communities. Professor Sarah Hart, for example, is giving online public lectures on Mathematics in Music and Writing as the Gresham Professor of Geometry for 2020-21, part of a three-year exploration of Mathematics, Culture and Creativity with themes of symmetry drawing inspiration from her research in group theory.

The Birkbeck Economics and Finance Society is an active student-run society with the aim of sharing knowledge and networking opportunities.

Research centres and networks

Our academics, researchers and MPhil/PhD students work together via research centres, networks, groups and societies. These cut across departments, subjects and areas of expertise, to encourage and enable innovative, interdisciplinary research. 

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