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Our Research

Our objective is to engage in innovative research that extends the frontiers of the discipline, contributing to a deeper understanding of how modern economies function, and how they can adapt to future challenges. Our research spans almost all the major sub-fields of economics.

As a Department, we are consistently ranked in the top 30 in the world, and in the top 10 in Europe, for the quality of our research output. For example, we are ranked 14th in the world and 3rd in Europe in the most recent Tilburg University rankingLink opens in a new window of Economics departments, and we are currently 22nd in the world, and 7th in Europe, in the most recent QS University RankingsLink opens in a new window.

99 per cent of the Department's research was rated world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), placing the Department second in the UKLink opens in a new window. The REF is the official system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Research Centres, Groups and Networks

Our research environment is structured across six research groups which enable members of the Department with similar interests to meet regularly and support each other’s work. Each group runs its own programme of seminars and workshops.

The Department is home to three research centres which deliver applied and theoretical research across a wide range of areas. Our researchers are also involved in a number of network initiatives that foster exchange and collaboration with colleagues across the University and internationally.

Find out more about our research centres, groups and networks


Our academics publish in high-profile peer reviewed journals, collaborating with leading scholars from institutions around the world. Our Working Paper Series features new ideas and research from academics in the Department.

We are also proud to host the Warwick Monash Economics Student Papers series, which showcases research undertaken by Economics students from the University of Warwick and Monash University.

View our Working Paper Series and featured journal publications

Research Impact

Our research seeks to generate knowledge that can be used to strengthen economies and benefit societies around the world. From migration and trade to international development and financial systems, we address some of the most pressing issues of our time and provide recommendations to policymakers and other stakeholders.

Our academics collaborate with organisations including the Bank of England, international and local governments, think tanks and NGOs. They are sought after in the public sphere, regularly providing advice to parliamentary committees and serving on government advisory boards.

Read more about our research impact