Professional Development sessions - 2020 Conference

New for RES2020 are the RES’s Professional Development Sessions. These will be held on the Queen’s University Belfast campus immediately following the main RES Annual Conference programme. Participants can choose from three concurrent programs (see below) running 17.00-18.30 Wednesday 8 April 2020, followed by drinks reception. To register onto the sessions, please complete the relevant section as part of the main Conference registration here

SESSION A: Teaching climate change in undergraduate core courses

Intended audience: Those responsible for the undergraduate curriculum; lecturers in Principles, Intermediate Micro, Intermediate Macro, and Econometrics courses; job market candidates.

Workshop Facilitators: Ralf Becker (Manchester), Alvin Birdi (Bristol and Economics Network), Wendy Carlin (UCL) and Marion Dumas (Grantham Institute, LSE).

Abstract: In this session, we will draw on the experience in undergraduate core course classes (UCL principles and intermediate macro; LSE intermediate micro; Manchester econometrics;) to provide practical advice on how to bring the economics of climate change into our teaching. In the context of the current climate emergency, we suggest ways to incorporate the economics of climate change authentically into courses beyond specialised environmental modules.


Dr Ralf Becker

Dr Ralf Becker is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester.

Prof Alvin Birdi

Alvin Birdi is Professor of Economics Education in the Economics Department of the School of Economics, Finance and Management.


Prof Wendy Carlin

Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics in the Economics Department at University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Marion Dumas

Marion is working on a range of projects asking what economic, social and institutional factors influences the pace of green innovation and the mainstreaming of these innovations in society.


SESSION B: Obtaining research funding for academic research

Intended audience: Academics who want to learn more about why to fund academic research, how to write a good funding proposal, and what sources of funding are available research in the UK.

Workshop Facilitators: James Banks (Nuffield Foundation, Manchester and IFS), Arun Advani (Warwick).

Abstract: In this session we will discuss the advantages of seeking research funding, what some of the main sources of funding are in the UK, how to write a good research proposal and how to think about what types of funder may be appropriate for your research. We will also specifically discuss the changing funding landscape for economic and social research at UKRI and any recent impacts of Brexit developments on the availability of EU funding for UK based researchers.  The session will include contributions from experienced and early career researchers with a successful track record of obtaining funding, as well as from representatives of funding agencies themselves, in order to give a variety of perspectives on the issues to be discussed. 


Prof James Banks

James Banks is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


Arun Advani

Arun Advani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick and Impact Director of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy.


SESSION C: Communicating economics to non-economists

Intended audience: Academics who want to develop their communication skills or who want to teach their students how to develop their communication skills.

Workshop Facilitators: Rachel Griffith (Manchester and IFS), Romesh Vaitilingham, Chris Colvin (Queen's), Maeve Cohen (Manchester) and Bob Denham (Econ Films).

Abstract: In this session, we will discuss tools and tips that academic economics can use to help them communicate better with non-economists - including policy makers, the media, young people and the general public. We will cover both practical ways to improve communication skills and substantive topics such as how to convey uncertainty, model assumptions and other technical issues.


Prof Rachel Griffith


Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Romesh Vaitilingam

Romesh Vaitilingam is an economics writer and communications consultant.

Maeve Cohen

Maeve is currently studying for a Masters in Political Economy at the University of Manchester.


Dr Chris Colvin

Dr Chris Colvin is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Queen’s University Belfast, where he teaches a new first-year undergraduate module called Communicating Economics.

Bob Denham

Bob Denham is a filmmaker with a First Class Degree in Economics and Econometrics and a background in journalism, banking and education. Bob founded Econ Films in 2014 to provide a way for researchers to communicate in the growing area of online video.