Westminster Business School successfully organised and hosted the Royal Economic Society (RES) PhD Meetings Conference from 3-4 January 2017.

The RES PhD meetings are held over two days in January each year and provide opportunities for interviews between candidates and recruiting institutions, as well as research presentations and plenary sessions on different aspects of academic life. The conference included presentations and poster sessions by PhD students who are entering the job market, interviews between recruiters from UK academic and research institutions and job market candidates, as well as many opportunities to network.

This year the conference featured two plenary sessions: one held by Martin Cripps, Professor of Economics at the University College London and Editor of the Economic Journal, who offered advice on how to get a paper published. The other one was hosted by Alan Manning, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), who offered his insights into how to negotiate and secure employment in the job market. This was followed by a panel discussion with Sarah Smith, Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol, Peter Neary, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Andrew Chesher, Professor of Economics at the University College London. The Bank of England generously co-sponsored an evening drinks reception which gave PhD candidates and interviewers another opportunity to network.

The conference was a great success. There were over 250 paper submissions of which 100 were selected for presentations. Tickets for the event sold out with 360 registrations and 20 different employers interviewing job candidates around the clock. The event was organised by Dr Veruska Oppedisano from the University of Westminster and Professor Frank Windmeijer from the University of Bristol, and was supported by the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods at the Westminster Business School.

View photos from the conference and see social media postings made via Twitter and Instagram under the event’s official hashtag #RESPhDMeetings.

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