The Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) works to promote the research and teaching of economics in the UK.  It was established by the Society in 1987 in collaboration with the Association of University Teachers of Economics.  

CHUDE consists of heads of economics and related departments and units at UK universities and meets twice a year in April and November.  There are currently around 100 members.  A steering committee acts on behalf of the full conference between the main meetings.

The conference usually acts as the lead for the Society on providing feedback on consultations and is happy to consider items of academic interest to be circulated to its members.

2019 meetings

28 September 2019 - CHUDE Steering Group

26 October 2019 - Full CHUDE meeting

Steering Group members

Prof Jo Swaffield

Chair of CHUDE (Co-opted)

Jo is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics & Related Studies, University of York. Jo is a labour economist interested in low wages, working hours and in-work poverty. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Low Pay Commission. Jo is a member of the Home Office’s Migration Advisory Committee.

Prof Marina Della Giusta

Marina is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Reading. Her publications are in the area of behavioural and labour economics, with particular focus on gender, stigma and social norms. Marina is actively promoting initiatives surrounding both the communication and teaching of economics and the advancement of women in the profession.

Prof Rachel Griffith


Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 for services to economic policy. She is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Social Sciences and a Research Fellow of CEPR.

Prof Denise Osborn

Secretary-General 2015-2020

Now Emeritus, Denise was employed at the University of Manchester for 38 years, 23 as professor, publishing more than 80 papers and one book, many with international collaborators. External roles include Sub-Panel Chair UK RAE2008, Deputy Panel Convenor Hong Kong RAE2014 and service for the Royal Economic Society, Economic and Social Research Council and Leverhulme Trust, among others.

Prof Giuseppe Fontana

University of Leeds

Giuseppe is professor of monetary economics at the University of Leeds (UK), associate professor at the University of Sannio (Italy), research associate at the Levy Economics Institute (USA), and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy (UK). He was a board director member of the Eastern Economic Association (USA) in 2011-2014, and President of the Association for Social Economics in 2017-2018.

Prof Alvin Birdi

University of Bristol

Dr Vincent Rich

University of Westminster

Vincent is Head of the School of Organisations, Economy and Society, and is a former Head of the Department of Economics, at the University of Westminster. He is a Development Economist by training, but his teaching and research interests also encompass Natural Resource Economics, Applied Business Economics and Economics Education. He is an Assessor for the Government Economic Service.

Prof Chris Wallace

University of Manchester

Chris is the head of the economics department at the University of Manchester and was the associate editor of the Economic Journal between 2009 and 2015.

Prof Giulia Iori

City University London

Giulia is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at City, University of London. Her research, in the area of Financial Economics and Financial Mathematics, has been funded by the British Academy, the European Commission and the EPSRC. Giulia serves on the ESRC Grant Assessment Panels, is a member of the London Mathematical Society, and a Chartered Physicist.

Prof Denise Hawkes

University of Greenwich

Denise is Professor of Education Economics and Head of Department of International Business and Economics within the Business School, University of Greenwich. Denise is also a visiting professor at UCL Institute of Education. Denise is an applied education economist and truly multi-disciplinary, applying econometric techniques to topics from education economics, education transitions and education practice.

Denise’s research has been funded by ESRC, DfID and British Council as well as drawn the interest of many outside of academic economics, including: Behavioural Insights Team in UK, Higher Education Commission in Pakistan and the Ministry of Education in Georgia.

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Mr Marco Gundermann

University of Northampton

Marco is head of economics, politics and international development at the University of Northampton. Marco teaches macroeconomics, monetary economics, schools of economics and behavioural finance and is actively involved in CORE ECON. His research interests are heterodox and behavioural approaches to international financial crises.