Easter Training School

Media, Political Economy and Development by Eliana La Ferrara, Invernizzi Chair in Development Economics at Bocconi University 

Due to COVID-19 the Royal Economic Society will be rescheduling the 2020 Easter School. We will update this page as soon as we have more information.  

Our annual training school, supported by the ESRC, provides advanced training to enhance the understanding of current economic issues. This year the school will explore the economics of media: political influence on the media, media bias, political accountability, advertising, social media and the impacts of entertainment media.

Applications are now closed.   


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.

Programme/Target Group

The RES Easter School is intended for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research, (but younger lecturers and postdoctoral researchers are also welcome) and economists in research and policymaking institutions, who have approximately three to five years experience since initial graduation.

It enables study and discussion with an internationally recognised expert in the topic over the three days of the course. 

Finance procedures

Participants from academic departments do not pay a fee for attendance, but non-university applicants each pay £1000. Accommodation and meals will be provided for the duration of the course, however travel expenses must be covered by the applicant or their university.

Application process

Applications are now open - the closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 27 January. Successful applicants will be informed in February 2020.

University participants: Individuals must be nominated by the Heads of University Departments (or their Directors of Graduate Study). They can do this by writing to the email address below detailing their support. 

Non-university participants: Individuals can apply directly to the school and an invoice will be raised accordingly. Note that payment for the school must be received prior to school to secure the place. 

To apply for the Easter School, please email res.easter.school@essex.ac.uk with Easter School 2020 as the subject line.


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Easter School, please email res.easter.school@essex.ac.uk


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