Economics and Quantitative Methods
The Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods is currently home to 34 permanent staff, with a range of expertise, but sharing a commitment to high quality teaching, underpinned by innovative, policy-focused applied research.
We cover a range of specialisms in economics, statistics and management science, ranging from the History of Economic Thought through to Financial Econometrics.
The Department hosts an undergraduate course in Business Economics and postgraduate courses in International Economic Policy and Analysis, and International Development Management. It has strong links with the Government Economic Service (GES) and the Society of Business Economists.
The department makes a significant and growing contribution to the Masters programmes on offer in Westminster Business School, is a major contributor to the School’s Undergraduate programmes and hosts a specialist BSc in Business Economics as well as an economics pathway in the BA Business Management.
We have developed innovative approaches to teaching, including the extensive use of ICT in the delivery of large undergraduate core modules in economics. Our commitment to teaching innovation is reflected in our role as the London convenor for the national Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) in Economics. A member of the department received in 2008 the Network’s e-learning award for our use of ICT in our problem-based first year undergraduate economics module.
The Department provides the base for a coherent, lively and dedicated group of staff, the majority of whom are active researchers. Key researchers are:
- Dr Franz Buscha
- Dr Anna Conte
- Dr Sabine D'Costa
- Dr Giorgio Di Pietro
- Dr Hugh Goodacre
- Dr Rebecca Munoz-Torres
- Dr Trino-Manuel Ñíguez
- Michael Pokorny
- Dr Sheikh Selim
- Dr Shujie Shen
- Professor David Shepherd
- Dr Ola Sholarin
- Professor Peter Urwin
- Dr Emmanuelle Walkowiak
We have strong research interests in:
- the economics of labour markets and education
- behavioural economics
- international and development economics
- economics of film and the leisure industries
- the economics of financial and forecasting markets
- emerging markets
- foreign direct investment
- political economy
Departmental staff participate in the work of two Research Centres: the Centre for Employment Research and the Centre for Finance and Financial Services. A number of research students are studying for a PhD degree.
Staff in the Department undertake consultancy projects under the Centre for Employment Research.