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Week 6

Department News

Warwick economists lead the world in the Global Undergraduate Awards 2022

Warwick Economics graduates Victor Sosanya and Yijun Tang have been recognised for the outstanding quality of their research by the judges of the Global Undergraduate Awards 2022. See what the winners had to sayLink opens in a new window.

Warwick economist among 34 leading social scientists elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Professor Sascha Becker, who divides his time between Warwick and Monash University, Australia, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of society. Read what the Academy President made of Professor Becker's inclusionLink opens in a new window.

Is the VAT threshold in the UK too high?

In the UK, small and medium size firms (SMEs - firms with less than 250 employees) are very important to the economy: they account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector. So, it is not surprising that the UK government has a wide variety of initiatives to support small business growth, from loans to technical advice. Read the full articleLink opens in a new window.

How did farming shape the world?

Residents of Coventry and Warwickshire were able to hear from Professor Omer Moav about a 17-year research project which has challenged conventional ways of thinking about the origins of civilisation itself, thanks to the ESRC Festival of Social Science and the Warwick Institute of Engagement. Find out more about the eventLink opens in a new window.

Say My Name

Ensuring that we take the time to both pronounce and spell our colleagues’ names correctly in all of our communications, whether verbal or written is important and respectful. Many of our economics colleagues’ have already embraced the ‘say my name’ initiative introduced by Dr Jane Bryan in the School of Law and have included audio name badges in their email signature to help avoid mistakes. The audio badge is easily implemented and takes no more than four minutes, follow the steps in the website below (it’s easy!):

Go to: 

Watch the University of Warwick ‘say my name’ video here:

Respecting names begins with all of us, so let’s play our part!

say my name infograph

Are you interested in writing long-form opinion pieces? Online training available 17 November from The Conversation.

Registration is now open for an online training session with editors from The ConversationLink opens in a new window taking place on 17 November from 14:00 – 15:30.

It will cover the core elements of long-form feature writing, including how to pitch an idea, how to keep readers engaged, and what it takes to turn your research into a compelling long read that makes a bigger impact.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your ideas and receive feedback from The Conversation’s Insights editors – the first step to being commissioned.

For further details and to register: opens in a new window

Please note: This session is for academics and PhD candidates who have either already written for The Conversation or who have already done The Conversation’s general training session, and who have a clear idea for a long read based on their current research. If you would like some general advice on how to get started pitching to The Conversation, please contact Sheila Kiggins ( opens in a new window, room S2.131)

Walk with colleagues

Join us for a short 20 minute walk - Monday to Friday at 12.00pm. If you are in the Department and fancy a breath of fresh air during an early lunch break, come for a walk and a chat along the way. Be at Colin’s office (S2.130) by 12.00pm.

Departmental HR Update

Health and Wellbeing

Good health and wellbeing is paramount for staff at all times. The University offers a range of remote sessions dedicated to improving our wellbeing. We encourage as many of you as possible to explore any one of these opportunities.

Report and Support

Since its introduction, the University Report and Support scheme has been utilised by staff and students to report incidences of bullying/harassment, sexual misconduct, hate crime and discrimination. The University has analysed have produced the first Annual Report which shows that there has been significant use of the system by students and a smaller number of staff since the introduction of the scheme.

Conference Support Award

The University has reinstated the Conference Support Award Scheme. The Conference/Training Support Award scheme provides up to £200 to help cover the additional caring costs that individuals incur in order to attend a conference/training session or similar event. Details of the scheme and application form are available here. Applications should be forwarded to Sarah Duggan – Head of Administration, Business and Research in the first instance.

Should you have any queries regarding the scheme, please contact the departmental HR Officer.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Arun Advani was interviewed by Julia Hartley Brewer on Talk TVLink opens in a new window discussing the tax options available to the Chancellor next week in the Autumn Statement.

Andrew Oswald gave a lecture, on the topic of "Trouble for Democracy", as part of the Nobel-Fest meetingsLink opens in a new window.

Lory Barile spoke with BBC World Service journalists Myra Anubi and Craig Langran about how monetary and non monetary incentives can affect individuals' behaviour, helping make sure their podcast accurately reflects current research.

Council on Business & Society, an alliance of leading business schools including WBS, has shared a thought leadership pieceLink opens in a new window by Lory Barile.

Working Papers

Anant Sudarshan's working paper (with Eyal G Frank) The Social Costs of Keystone Species Collapse: Evidence From The Decline of Vultures in IndiaLink opens in a new window has been released.

Giovanni Ricco's working paper (with Lucrezia Reichlin and Matthieu Tarbé) Monetary-Fiscal Crosswinds in the European Monetary UnionLink opens in a new window has been released.

Mirco Draka's working paper (with Colin Green, Swarnodeep Homroy) Financing UK democracy : A Stocktake of 20 years of Political DonationsLink opens in a new window has been released.

Andrew Oswald's working paper (with Osea Giuntella, Sally McManus, Redzo Mujcic, Nattavudh Powdthavee and Ahmed Tohamy) The Midlife CrisisLink opens in a new window has been released.

Media Coverage

"Does pollution affect learning?"Link opens in a new window - Ludovica Gazze quoted and Victor Lavy research mentioned - Tes Magazine - 3 November 2022.

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