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Aims of the Society

The Royal Economic Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the world. It is a learned society, founded in 1890 with the aim “to promote the study of economic science.” Initially called the British Economic Association, it became the Royal Economic Society on receiving its Royal Charter in 1902.

Aims & objectives of the Society


The Royal Economic Society has approximately 4,000 individual members, of whom 60 per cent live outside the United Kingdom. Join the Society online and get free submission to The Economic Journal, immediate access to articles in The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal online, plus instant access to member-only areas of the website.

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The Conference of Heads of University Departements of Economics (CHUDE) comprises Heads of Economics at universities in the UK and was set up by the RES in 1987 to further the promotion and teaching of economics and more generally to maintain the significance and importance of Economics in the UK.

Bi-annual meetings offer a fourm for discussion of issues of interest with government and public senior economists and a vehicle for widening engagement with Economics among schools, colleges and business. CHUDE often acts as the lead for the RES in providing on official consultations, such as the Open Access proposals following the Finch Report.

CHUDE meets twice a year in May and November; a standing committee acts on behalf of the conference between the main meetings and its Chairperson is co-opted to the Society Exectuive Committee.

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Structure and Governance

The Governance Structure of the Society is based on the original and supplemental Royal Charters and the Bye-Laws. The current Bye-Laws (PDF) were approved by the Privy Council on 20 December 2011. A copy of the Royal Charter of Incorporation of 1902 can be viewed here or provided on request to the Secretary-General's Office.

The key bodies are the Executive Committee and the Council, which make policy subject to each Annual General Meeting. The Royal Economic Society is a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, number 231508.

Main Activities

In order to achieve its aims, the Society:

 Main Activities,                      Support                                         News/Events.

RES Women’s Committee

The Royal Economic Society's Women's Committee was established in May 1996 to promote the role of women in the UK economics profession. Members of the committee are drawn from academia, business and the civil service. The work of the committee includes a biennial investigation into the position of women in economics, to seek to improve under-representation of women in economics and to establish networks with particular concern for career entrants.

Find out more about the RES Women's Committee