research strengths

As one of Europe's leading research departments, our members include some of the world's most distinguished academic economists. In the most recent UK Research Assessment, REF 2014, Oxford was ranked top in terms of overall research strength, with more research output graded as world-leading in terms of its originality, rigour and significance than did any other economics department in the United Kingdom.

Amongst our faculty 


Research into policy and practice

Throughout its history, Economics at Oxford has sought to forge close links between academic research and policy-making.

Members of the Department currently serve as:

Research into policy and practice part1


Other faculty have acted as advisors and consultants to institutions as diverse as:

Research into policy and practice part2


These external links help to inform and stimulate work at the frontier of economic research, and provide students with unparalleled insights into how first class research can inform and shape public policy.



The Department is committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department's MPhil and DPhil programmes are internationally recognised for the excellence of the training and scholarship provided. Our graduates have progressed to positions of leadership in academia, in public services and in the private sector. Examples include: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Amy Finkelstein, Professor of Economics at MIT and 2012 winner of the John Bates Clark medal, the Lord O'Donnell, formerly UK Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service; Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, 2004 to 2014, Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England; the Lord Stern FBA, FRS, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the LSE and advisor to the UK government on climate change.


global reach diagram

 mphil graduate destinations




The University of Oxford's Department of Economics is home to one of the largest and most diverse groups of academic economists in Europe. Our members come from all over the world, and range from early-career researchers and lecturers to well established, and highly respected permanent faculty. We currently have a permanent faculty of 50, including 10 statutory (established) professors, and more than 30 early career researchers who are on fixed-term appointments of 3 or 4 years.

The research activity of the Department is broad-based, and we aim to produce first-class research outcomes across a range of areas, rather than specialising in particular sub-fields. Academics work within small and focused research groups, which provide an active and supportive environment for Department members to facilitate the development of high-quality research. Each group is convened by a senior member of the Department who is responsible for coordinating group activities, including regular workshops and seminars. 

The Department of Economics also has close ties with a number of different Oxford colleges, where our faculty can engage in educational, social and research-based activities alongside colleagues from a range of different disciplines. Currently, we have faculty members affiliated with the following colleges:

Affiliated colleges