Women's Committee

Our Women’s Committee promotes the status of women in economics by identifying and removing barriers to progress. The committee monitors and reports on the status of women in economics and seeks to identify and to tackle the causes of their under-representation in the subject. It provides support for women in their careers as economists and ensures that the interests of women are represented in all of the Society’s activities.



Women’s Committee is divided into three sub-committees:

Mentoring and Support sub-committee is responsible for supporting women in their careers. The Mentoring and Support sub-committee supports women in economics through mentoring workshops, by supporting departments applying for Athena Swan awards and promoting links with similar groups in other academic disciplines. The committee is responsive to approaches from economists concerned about gender imbalance. The Mentoring and Support sub-committee leads are Prof Marina Della Giusta and Prof Cheti Nicoletti.

Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics sub-committee is responsible for monitoring and producing a bi-annual report on the status of women in economics in the UK. All the latest findings are published on our Status of women in Economics Report page. The Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics sub-committee leads are Prof Monica Costas-Dias and Dr Erin Hengel.

Communication and Engagement sub-committee is responsible for promoting the interests of women in economics. Its main activities are to organize the RES Annual Conference Women’s Committee Session, to work with women’s networks in other organisations such as the Bank of England and GES, and to promote the Women’s Committee activities with the wider community. The Communication and Engagement sub-committee leads are Prof Jo Swaffield and Dr Misa Tanaka.

Current Committee Chair

Prof Almudena Sevilla

University College London

Almudena Sevilla is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at UCL. She holds a £2M ERC Consolidator grant to study the effect of parental time investments and children's human capital accumulation. Almudena obtained a PhD in Economics from Brown University (USA), and previously worked at QMUL, University of Oxford, Essex University, and the US Congressional Budget Office.

Expert Volunteers

Expert volunteers assist the work of the RES Women’s Committee and contribute to the Women’s Committee’s activities. Expressions of interest to become an expert volunteer are accepted on a rolling basis. If interested, send your CV and cover letter to resoffice@res.org.uk.

Dr Danula Gamage


Danula is a policy analyst at Ofgem. Danula is supporting the production of the Status of Women in Economics Report in the Monitoring the Status of Women in Economics subcommittee.

Ema Talam

Staffordshire University

Ema is a lecturer and a PhD student in Economics at Staffordshire University. Ema joined the RES Women’s Committee as Expert Volunteer in November 2020. Ema is supporting the work of the Chair of the RES Women’s Committee in activities related to communication and engagement.

Dr Valentina Tonei

University of Southampton

Valentina is Lecturer in Economics at University of Southampton. Valentina is supporting the work of the Mentoring and Support subcommittee.

Dr Wanyu Chung

University of Birmingham

Wanyu is Assistant Professor in Economics at University of Birmingham and Research Affiliate at Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Wanyu is supporting the work of the Communication and Engagement sub-committee.

Ume Smith

Warwick University

Ume is a 2021 Economics graduate for Warwick University. Ume is supporting the new initiative of the Women's Committee "UK Women in Economics Network", which aims to bring together best practices across the public, private, and academic sectors to progress women's careers in the economics profession.

Committee members until 2023 

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).

Dr Erin Hengel

University of Liverpool

Erin's research interests are law and economics, corporate finance and applied micro theory; she has also investigated gender discrimination in peer review. Erin is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas (U.S.), has an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway and received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Prof Marina Della Giusta

Mentoring and Support Working Group Lead and COVID-19 Response Lead | Committee Member until 2023

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.

 Committee members until 2024

Chloe Maycock

Senior Economist in the Cabinet Office

Chloe is a Senior Economist in the Cabinet Office, and has worked in the Government Economic Service since 2015. Chloe has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including transport, climate change and regional economic growth. Chloe has also previously led government wide initiatives to support female economists at the start of their careers, and is passionate about empowering women in economics.

Kiran Krishna

Principal Economist, Information Commissioner’s Office

Kiran is a Principal Economist at the Information Commissioner’s Office. Before this, she was a Senior Economist at Ofgem. She has a Master’s in International Economics and has also worked at a think tank on European capital markets. She has been committed to supporting women and other underrepresented groups in economics her whole career – through research, mentorship and organising D&I initiatives.

 Committee members until 2025

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.

Anna Leach


Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast. She has worked at the CBI since 2008, when she joined as Fiscal Economist working on the CBI’s Budget submissions and public finance analysis. She moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012, leading on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Misa Tanaka

Bank of England

Misa Tanaka is the Head of Research at the Bank of England. She has joined the Bank in 2002 after completing a D.Phil in Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She has held a number of positions across Monetary Analysis, Financial Stability, and Prudential Policy Areas of the Bank.

Jo Swaffield

Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton

Jo is Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. 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 and a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.