EMBRACING DIVERSITY

OUR PLAN FOR A MORE EQUAL AND INCLUSIVE DEPARTMENT

Our goal is for the Department of Economics to be a community that celebrates the background, culture, rights and values of all its members; and that staff and students of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, form of neurodivergence, race, religion and belief feel welcome here. An inclusive environment will help us to create a diverse Department and a wider pool of talented economists – staff and students – at Oxford and elsewhere. We recognise, however, that such diversity is not reflected in the current makeup of our department or the economics profession as a whole.

 

The current situation
 

economics diversity percentages v4
of economics academics are female
of undergraduates are female
of doctoral students are female
of all economics faculties are ethnic minorities

According to the American Economics Association (AEA) annual survey, women represent only around 20% of tenured faculty members in top US economics departments. The situation is similar here, where women represent 19% of economics academics.

Around a third of Oxford economics undergraduates and a quarter of our doctoral students are female, which is slightly below the proportions in other UK universities and significantly lower than the proportions in others fields of study.

AEA surveys also reveal that ethnic minorities represent a mere 7% of all economics academics. We are currently conducting our own departmental study, but it is clear that ethnic minorities are severely under-represented here as well.

 

IT IS CLEAR THERE IS PLENTY OF WORK TO DO, BUT WE ARE LAYING THE GROUND WORK BY SETTING OBJECTIVES AND TAKING ACTION

HOW WILL WE MEET OUR GOALS?

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, made up of staff and students, is tasked with holding the Department accountable by setting more specific goals and monitoring our progress. It also works with other committees across the University to ensure that we keep abreast of new opportunities to help us meet our goals, and advise on where we can improve.

GET INVOLVED OR GIVE US FEEDBACK

There is a lot of work to do and we won't get everything right. If you would like to get involve, give us feedback, get in touch or partner with us on our mission, please contact:
edc@economics.ox.ac.uk or Margaret Stevens.