Council

The RES Council supervises and advises on the Society’s activities. It meets twice-yearly and consists of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Honorary Treasurer, Chair of Trustees and thirty elected councillors (three of whom are appointed to the Trustee Board).

Prof Nicholas Crafts

President

Nick is Professor of Economic History at the University of Sussex and Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Warwick. He was awarded a CBE for services to economics in 2014. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Cliometrics Society and the Economic History Association and is a past President of the Economic History Society.

Prof Mary S Morgan

President Elect

Mary is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at the London School of Economics; she is a Fellow of the British Academy (and served as Vice President 2014-8), and an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof Sir Tim Besley

Past President

Professor Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission, Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy. He is also a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Andrew Farrell

Honorary Treasurer

Andrew is now retired, following 13 years as CFO & Finance Director at the LSE and 20+ years with Xerox Corporation’s European Headquarters. Since retirement, he has had assignments as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources at The British Academy and as a Non-Executive Director at a London NHS Trust. He is a Trustee of the Epilepsy Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Prof Sir David Greenaway

Chair of Trustees

Sir David Greenaway is Emeritus Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham. He has served on the Council and Executive of the Royal Economic Society and is a former Chair of CHUDE and Associate Editor of the Economic Journal. He has served on the Council of ESRC and Chaired two RAE Panels. His current commitments include being a Member of the Council of the University of Cambridge, a Member of Council of the NIESR, and Joint Managing Editor of The World Economy.

Council members holding office until 2023

Prof Sascha O.Becker

Council member (until 2023)

Sascha is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

Prof Alessandra Guariglia

Council member (until 2023)

Alessandra received her PhD from Boston University. She is currently Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Birmingham. She is an associate editor of the European Journal of Finance. Her research interests are in the areas of applied financial economics, health economics, and the economics of transition in China.

Prof Michael McMahon

Council member (until 2023)

Michael is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College. His research has been published in journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of International Economics.

Rain Newton-Smith

Council member (until 2023)

Rain Newton-Smith is the chief economist at the Confederation of British Industry and previously the head of emerging markets at Oxford Economics. Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. She was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a young global leader.

Prof Barbara Petrongolo

Council member (until 2023)

Barbara Petrongolo is Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the LSE. She is an applied labour economist. She has worked extensively on the performance of labour markets with search frictions, and the causes and characteristics of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes.

Prof Imran Rasul

Council member (until 2023)

Imran is Professor of Economics at UCL and a co-director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at the IFS.

Council members holding office until 2024

Tera Allas

Council representative (until 2024)

Tera leads economic research McKinsey & Company and is a Trustee of the Productivity Leadership Group and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Previously, she worked as Deputy Head of the Government Economic Service and as a management consultant at McKinsey. Tera holds a M.Sc. in Technology and Industrial Economics (with distinction) from Aalto University and an M.B.A. (with distinction) from INSEAD.

Prof Emilia del Bono

Council member (until 2024)

Professor of Economics and Director of Research, University of Essex. Her research agenda is focused on the nature, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s human capital that lead to inequalities later on in life.

Prof Jagjit Chadha

Council member (until 2024)

Jagjit Chadha is Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). He was Professor of Economics at the University of Kent, Cambridge and St Andrews. He has worked at the Bank of England on Monetary Policy and as Chief Quantitative Economist at BNP Paribas and served as Chair of the Money, Macro, Finance Study Group. He has acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and adviser to the Bank of England, HM Treasury and to many central banks.

Prof Simon Gächter

Council member (until 2024)

Simon joined the University of Nottingham in February 2005. He is Professor of the Psychology of Economic Decision Making. He received his doctorate in Economics in Vienna. Before coming to Nottingham he worked at the Universities of Vienna, Linz, Zurich, and St. Gallen. He is also affiliated with the CESifo network (Munich), and the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA Bonn).

Dr Sara Horrell

Council member (until 2024)

Sara Horrell is a Reader in Economic History in the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Murray Edwards College. Her research focuses on women's and children's work and welfare in C19th Britain and in contemporary contexts. She was an editor of the Economic History Review 2015-19 and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Research Associate at CAGE, University of Warwick.

Prof Karen Mumford

Council member (until 2024)

Karen Mumford is a Professor who specialises in applied labour economics. She received her PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). She is currently an elected Member of the RES Council, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an IZA Research Fellow. She was appointed CBE for services to Economics and Labour Market Diversity in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

Council members holding office until 2025

Dr Luisa Affuso

Council member (until 2025)

Luisa is Chief Economist at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. She is a member of Ofcom's executive board, and leads the Economics Group. She joined from PwC where she headed the Competition Economics practice.

Prof Miguel Costa-Gomes

Elections Officer & Council representative (until 2025)

Miguel’s main research interests revolve around the observation and modelling of the behaviour of individuals in a variety of economic contexts under controlled conditions in the computer laboratory.

Prof Sanjeev Goyal

Council member (until 2025)

Sanjeev Goyal is a pioneer and leading international scholar in the study of social and economic networks. His book, `Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks`, was published in 2007 by Princeton University Press. A Chinese translation appeared in 2010.

Prof Maia Guell

Council member (until 2025)

Maia Güell received her PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 2000. Right after graduate school, she was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and then moved to Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where she was first an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor (with tenure). In 2007, she was appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

Prof Cheti Nicoletti

Council member (until 2025)

Cheti Nicoletti (BSc Padova, MA Louvain-la-Neuve, PhD Florence) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of York. She is also the Leader of the Applied Micro-Econometrics Cluster within the Department, (AME).

Prof Jackie Wahba

Council member (until 2025)

Jackie is Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton. She has been a member of the UK Migration Advisory Committee since 2012. She leads the Migration Research at the ESRC Centre for Population Change. She is a research fellow of Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Institute of Labour Studies (IZA) and Economic Research Forum (ERF). She has acted as an advisor to several international organisations, including the EC, the World Bank, IOM, ILO and OECD.

Council members holding office until 2026

Assoc Prof Abigail Adams-Prassl

Council member (until 2026)

Abi Adams-Prassl is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the IFS, CEP, CEPR, and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her academic work and its policy impact, including the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize and an ERC Starting Grant. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Review of Economic Studies and a Special Advisor to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee.

Jonathan Athow

Council member (until 2026)

Jonathan Athow is an experienced senior civil servant who has worked in the heart of Government and also had key senior leadership positions. He graduated with a master’s degree in economics from the University of East Anglia, worked for 14 years in HM Treasury before becoming Chief Economist at HM Revenue and Customs. He is currently Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics at the Office for National Statistics, where he has responsibility for all aspects of economic measurement.

Kate Collyer

Council member (until 2026)

Kate is Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority, where she heads a division responsible for providing rigorous economic thinking, research, analysis, and advice to help the FCA deliver on its strategic objective of making financial services markets work well. Kate has nearly 20 years’ experience as an economist in roles spanning the public and private sector. Kate has undertaken several senior roles in government. She has published in The Economic Journal.

Prof Monica Costa-Dias

Council member (until 2026)

Monica Costa-Dias is Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and Deputy Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She holds a PhD in Economics from UCL and is Visiting Professor at the University of Porto, a Council Member of the European Economic Association (2021-25), a Research Fellow at IZA, CEPR and the HCEO, and the editor of Fiscal Studies. She is a labour economist.

Prof Swati Dhingra

Council member (until 2026)

Swati Dhingra is Associate Professor in Economics at LSE, and associate of the Centre for Economic Performance. She is currently a member of the UK’s Trade Modelling Review Expert Panel and LSE’s Economic Diplomacy Commission. She is Research Fellow at CEPR, and on the editorial boards of Journal of International Economics and Review of Economic Studies. Her research is in international economics and industrial policy. She has published in leading academic journals.

Prof Emma Tominey

Council member (until 2026)

Emma Tominey is a Professor of Economics at the University of York, specialising in labour economics and child human capital. Emma worked at the University of Bristol before gaining a PhD from University College London, where she worked at the Centre for Economic Performance. Emma’s research is highly policy relevant - her research on youth unemployment influences UK and EU policy and Emma consults with UK government including HM Treasury. Her research has won awards including from EALE.

Council members holding office until 2027

Anita Charlesworth

Council member (until 2027)

Anita Charlesworth is Director of Research and the REAL Centre at the Health Foundation. She is Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, Chair of the Office of Health Economics and specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee. She has a MSc in health economics and BA in social science. She has worked in government (an economist in DHSC/Director of Public spending in HM Treasury), pharmaceutical industry and the third sector.

Prof Anna Vignoles

Council member (until 2027)

Anna Vignoles is Director of the Leverhulme Trust: one of the largest research funders in the UK. An education economist and previously a Professor at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the relationship between educational achievement and social mobility and the role played by skills in the economy. She has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, of Business, Innovation and Skills, and HM Treasury.

Prof Ben Lockwood

Council member (until 2027)

Ben Lockwood is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He has held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, London, and Exeter. His research is mainly in public economics and political economy and has been published in journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He has held editorial positions at Review of Economic Studies, & Economic Journal.

Dr Jo Blanden

Council member (until 2027)

Jo Blanden is Reader in Economics at the University of Surrey where she has worked since completing her PhD in Economics at UCL in 2005. She is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. Her research focuses on intergenerational mobility and related issues in the Economics of Education, including Early Years and the recent disruptions to education from the pandemic. She regularly provides advice to Government and she is a member of the ESRC peer review college since 201

Prof Melanie Jones

Council member (until 2027)

Melanie Jones is a Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School. Her research interest is empirical labour economics, and she has worked on a range of policy relevant issues, including for the Low Pay Commission and the Office of Manpower Economics. She is a former Associate of The Economics Network, and is currently an associate editor at the British Journal of Industrial Relations and a member of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration and ESRC Grant Assessment Panel C.

Prof Sriya Iyer

Council member (until 2027)

Sriya Iyer is Professor of Economics (2005) at the University of Cambridge; Fellow, St Catharine’s College and Deputy Director, The Keynes Fund. Her research encompasses development, economics of religion, demography and health. She read for economics degrees in Delhi, India and Cambridge, UK, and has taught at Cambridge for twenty years. She is a Research Fellow of CEPR; Pew Research Centre’s India Advisory Board; Deputy Programme Chair, RES Conference 2020; and serves on the editorial boards.