2020 Annual Conference


​The Royal Economic Society's 2020 Annual Conference is cancelled. Follow this link for a full statement. For FAQ's regarding cancellation and claims click here


RES Annual Conference 2020 cancelled – 2021 conference to be held at Queen’s University, Belfast  - 10 March 2020

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Royal Economic Society has reluctantly cancelled its Annual Conference that was due to be held at Queen’s University Belfast from 6-8 April 2020. The decision follows constant monitoring of the situation by RES officers and staff and takes into account the latest available information.

However, we are delighted to announce that the 2021 annual conference will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast.

RES President Prof Rachel Griffith said “We are very sad that this year’s conference has had to be cancelled. We were looking forward to some fantastic keynotes and some great research being presented. I am particularly sorry that our women’s mentoring session and our PhD symposium will not be held.  I would like to thank the RES conference committee, the programme committee chaired by Prof Mirko Draca and all those involved at Queen’s including the local organiser Dr Renee Prendergast who, along with RES staff, have put in a huge amount of work.”

Head of Queen’s Management School Prof Nola Hewitt-Dundas said “We are disappointed not to host the Royal Economic Society’s 2020 conference, but greatly look forward to welcoming the RES back in 2021.”


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 28 February 2020

There is an evolving global situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Whilst the UK risk level of coronavirus has been increased from low to moderate, the risk to individuals has not changed at this stage and remains low. Events at the RES Conference are, therefore, going ahead.

The UK Chief Medical Officer’s advice is that anyone who travels to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau and, within 14 days of travelling to the UK, experiences cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Travellers to the UK from the following specific areas after 19 February, should call NHS 111 for advice, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • ‘Special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further guidance as information becomes available. In particular, we will follow the advice of the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency. Queen’s University Belfast is also maintaining a page of advice here.


The Royal Economic Society has reluctantly cancelled the 2020 Annual Conference.

All paying delegates will be contacted outlining the refund options. Please wait to receive this email before contacting RES.


PhD Financial Assistance Fund

Further information can be found on the PhD Financial Assistance page regarding the scheme now that the Conference is cancelled.


In light of the RES 2020 Annual Conference being cancelled, RES staff will contact you in the coming weeks to discuss either transferring your booking to our 2021 conference or to receive a full refund.

2020 Conference Prices


    RES Member (£) Non-Member (£)
Full Conference package (incl. Gala Dinner) Early-bird 330 495
  Late registration 450 565
  On the day 500 615
One day registration (excl. Gala Dinner) Early-bird 145 220
  Late registration 205 285
  On the day 230 310

Gala Dinner guest tickets (each, maximum two per delegate).

  55 55
PhD student presenter and non-presenters should register and claim back according to the eligibility criteria.      

Professional Development Sessions

The RES’s Professional Development Sessions aim to help economists and others (junior or senior) build their knowledge in particular topical areas. The sessions are held by leading academics who have extensive experience in the session topics. Sessions will focus on content to help improve teaching or research and are designed to deliver practical take-aways. 

If you did not sign up to the sessions during registration, please email resoffice@res.org.uk expressing which session you are planning to attend

RES Presents

RES Presents 2020 was in partnership with the Irish Economic Association and Queen’s University Belfast. It is with regreat that we are cancelling the event due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The event was due to take place on Monday 6 April from 18:30 to 19:30. More details here.

RES Presents is the Royal Economic Society's series of early evening talks on topical issues open to the public. It offers the opportunity to engage in an in-depth informative discussion and provides a platform to show how economics can provide insight into public policy.



The RES has partnered with Visit Belfast to negotiate specially discounted room rates on the best available rates. Through this website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations up until 9th March 2020. All negotiated rates and offerings from the accommodation providers are tailored to the RES 2020 Conference to ensure a range of locations and pricing categories. (N.B. There is no obligation to book your accommodation through this service).


Full details on how to travel to and from the Annual Conference can be found on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By air

Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport which are both linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By boat

Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England. The two main Belfast routes are from Liverpool and Cairnryan, both provided by Stena Line. An alternative route runs from Holyhead to Dublin, with excellent motorway connections between there and Belfast. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By public transport

Queen’s is a five minute walk from Botanic Train Station on the Bangor, Larne, Newry and Derry~Londonderry lines. A connection to Dublin is just one stop away, via Belfast Central Station. Coach and bus services arrive at Great Victoria Street, which is also connected by rail (or alternatively is a ten-minute walk). More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

By car

Queen’s is located in south central Belfast and as such is close to the both Northern Ireland’s main motorways, connecting it easily with the rest of Ireland. More information on the Queen's University Belfast website.

Media Policy

The RES Annual Conference is open to accredited representatives of print, broadcast and electronic media who are intending to actively report on the Annual Conference.  Please see our media policy for further details on how to apply for a media pass.

Call for papers

Submissions are now closed.

Special Sessions

Please visit the Special Sessions page for information.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a paper to the RES Annual Conference you consent to the RES securely holding details of your submission to the conference for a period of no longer than 24 months for the purposes of analysing submissions. You understand submission details will only be passed to members of the Programme Committee for the purposes of processing the submissions for acceptance onto the RES Annual Conference.

As this is an open scientific conference, all accepted papers will be available in the public domain by default. You will however, be able to update your submission with a more recent version of your paper for submission made through ConferenceMaker.

Any personal data which may be submitted as part of the submission and selection procedure, will be processed by RES in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation, and RES Privacy Notice. You can stop the processing of your data at any time by emailing programme@res.org.uk requesting that your submission be withdrawn.

The Royal Economic Society will be filming large parts of the Conference for wider dissemination. It is presumed that those attending the RES Conference have no objection to being included in footage of the Conference. Any attendee who explicitly wishes not to be included in any broadcast film should contact the RES organisers during the Conference. We will then seek to edit film footage accordingly.


If you would like to learn more about previous Annual Conferences, click here



Conference timetable
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2020 Keynote speakers were

Kevin O'Rourke

Hahn Lecture

Kevin O'Rourke is Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi. Previously Kevin was Chichele Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford.

Serena Ng

Sargan Lecture

Serena Ng is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the International Association of Applied Econometrics, and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Ulrike Malmendier

Economic Journal Lecture

Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor of Finance at the Haas School of Business and Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of California.

Lord Nicholas Stern

Past President

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.