The Gender Imbalance in UK Economics

06 Oct 2021 05:15PM - 06:30PM
RES events

Royal Economic Society, Silver Anniversary Women’s Committee Report

This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Royal Economic Society's Women's Committee.

The Committee's July 2021 Gender Diversity Report highlights women's representation in UK economics - from the undergraduate level through to the professorship - and how far we've come in the last twenty-five years.  The data reveals a mix of improvement, stagnation and retreat, while comparisons show that academic economics has fallen behind policymaking on the gender diversity front. 

This webinar aims to continue the much-needed discussion, providing an opportunity for knowledge exchange between academia and policymaking and for two-way engagement within the academic profession itself.

Chaired by Professor Sir Tim Besley, LSE and the President of the RES, the event will feature a short summary of the report's findings, delivered by co-author Dr Victoria Bateman, University of Cambridge, along with a panel of speakers:

Dr Nina Banks

President | National Economic Association (NEA)

Nina is President of the National Economic Association (NEA) and Associate Professor of Economics at Bucknell University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and Editorial Board of The Review of Black Political Economy. Her research makes visible the hidden work of Black and other marginalized women by developing an economics of their community activism against racial and ethnic disparities.

Her determination to restore Black women to U.S. history led to the recovery of the economic thought of the first Black American economist, Sadie T.M. Alexander. Dr. Banks is the founder of the annual Freedom and Justice conference of the National Economic Association (NEA). Dr. Banks holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Democracy, Race, and Justice: The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander (Yale University Press) 2021.

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Dr Emiliya Lazarova

Head of School of Economics | University of East Anglia

Emiliya Lazarova is the Head of School of Economics and Associate Professor in Economics at UEA. She is a member of the School’s Equality and Diversity in Economics committee and a member of the Royal Economic Society Schools Outreach Sub-Committee and a member of the Conference of Heads of Departments of Economics Steering Committee. Emiliya is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Emiliya's main research interests are in coalition formation and matching theory.

Dr Misa Tanaka

Head of Research | Bank of England

Misa 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. Misa's current research interests include prudential policies and the impact of climate change on the financial system.

The aim of the event is to help identify "what works" in terms of improving women's representation in the economics profession.  The Q&A will provide an opportunity for anyone attending to feed into the discussion, based either on their own experiences or their research.  The pursuit of gender equality in academic economics requires more than a report - it demands active and continued discussion between us all.