Government Economic Service employees become RES members

12 Apr 2021

The Royal Economic Society and the Government Economic Service have announced a new partnership where economists working in departments across HM Government will become RES members. Under the partnership, GES members will be able to read the RES’s publications, participate in its annual conference and access a range of professional development opportunities, including the RES Easter Training School. The partnership will also see the RES and GES collaborate on a webinar series dealing with preeminent economic policy issues, in partnership with the Economics Observatory. The RES and GES will work together on ways to improve diversity in the discipline, with the GES providing representatives for the RES Women’s committee.

Commenting on the partnership, RES President Dame Carol Propper said “The RES and GES have a shared commitment to bring together academics and policy makers to address the major economic issues of our time. We are delighted to provide GES employees with membership in this way and look forward to continuing our joint work to attract more people to the discipline from under-represented groups”.

Clare Lombardelli, Joint Head of the Government Economic Service, said "This is a great partnership between two of the largest economic communities in the UK. Closer links will give policy makers better access to the latest and best academic thinking and give academics a greater insight into live policy issues. We look forward to collaborating with the RES across a range of issues, including the critical issue of improving the diversity of our profession.

Further information, including details on the Royal Economic Society group membership programme: Leighton Chipperfield, Chief Executive L.Chipperfield@res.org.uk