Economics at Queen’s
Economics has a long history at Queen’s. Appointed in 1853, the university’s first professor of economics was Thomas Edward Cliffe Leslie, famously a proponent of the English Historical School of Economics.
Another of the university’s early economics professors was Hugh Owen Meredith. When Meredith took up his post at Queen’s, the vacancy he left at Cambridge was filled by John Maynard Keynes. Meredith published what is perhaps the first English-language economic history textbook, in 1908.
Economists have worked in various departments and institutes within Queen’s University across the past century. Today most of the university’s economists are based at Queen’s Management School and are part of the Economics Subject Group. Elsewhere, financial economists work in the school’s Finance Subject Group, and environmental economists are based in the Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment.
Our Research Areas
Academic staff in the Economics Subject Group work in three main research areas:
- Our economic theory cluster has interests in game theory, networks, social institutions and mechanism design.
- Our applied economics cluster has interests in labour economics, regional economics, development economics, environmental economics, health economics, macroeconomics, economic growth and political economy.
- Our historical economics cluster has interests in business history, demographic history, economic history, financial history, social science history and the history of economic thought.
Economics Research in the News
Consumers don’t trust smart home technologies
Smart home technologies are an emerging market, with many households installing voice-controlled appliances and smart security. Dr Sinong Ma, Lecturer in Economics, conducted a nationally representative survey of UK consumer attitudes towards these new devices.
Click here to read media coverage of Dr Ma’s research, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, in the Belfast Telegraph.
Slavery, sugar, and the African American family structure
The Covid-19 outbreak and the murder of George Floyd have dramatically exposed the racial inequalities in US society. Dr Arcangelo Dimico, Senior Lecturer in Economics, studied the association between the historical experience of slavery and the African American family structure.
Click here to read a non-technical summary of Dr Dimico’s research on VoxEU.
How to measure the demographic impact of a pandemic
A major comparison for Covid-19 is the Spanish flu. Dr Chris Colvin, Senior Lecturer in Economics, studied the Spanish flu in Ireland. His research, published in the journal Economics and Human Biology, shows how pandemic mortality rates are sensitive to a country's demographic make-up.
Click here to read a non-technical summary of Dr Colvin’s research on RTÉ Brainstorm.
Meet Our Academic Staff
The Economics Subject Group at Queen’s Management School consists of over 20 full-time academic staff members, conducting researching across the discipline of economics and allied social sciences.
Key Academic Contacts
Queen’s Management School hosts an active community of doctoral students in economics and related disciplines. Each student is supervised by at least two members of academic staff.
Prospective students who do not yet have the requisite background in economics to pursue PhD research directly are encouraged to apply for our MSc programme, which embeds core research training skills throughout the degree.
Students have been successful in gaining scholarships to fund their tuition fees and living expenses from various studentship schemes, including the ESRC-funded Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership.