RES Webinar: How to address the Gender Imbalance in UK Economics

08 Oct 2021

On 6 October 2021, the Royal Economic Society hosted a webinar on the RES Women’s Committee’s report The Gender Imbalance in UK Economics. The event aimed to go beyond simply identifying the problem and to instead help identify ‘what works’ in promoting women’s representation in economics.  

Chaired by Professor Tim Besley, LSE and President of the Royal Economic Society, the webinar involved a short presentation on the report's findings, delivered by co-author Dr Victoria Bateman, University of Cambridge.

The presentation was followed by contributions from:

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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Donna Leong

Director of Economic Statistics Change | ONS

Donna is the Director of Economic Statistics Change at ONS, with responsibility for overseeing the economic statistics transformation programme. She also heads up ONS’s work on subnational statistics and analysis (“levelling up”). An experienced senior civil service leader and economist, Donna has previously worked at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury and the NZ Treasury. She has an MSc in Economics from LSE.

Dr Emiliya Lazarova

Universty of East Anglia

Dr Emiliya Lazarova is an Associate Profession in Economics at the University of East Anglia. Emiliya has been the Head of School of Economics at UEA since August 2017. Prior to joining UEA, she’s held academic positions at the Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Birmingham. Emiliya holds a PhD degree in Economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and in her research she works on group formation theories and their applications.

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.

This webinar includes a Q&A session with attendee discussion of their own research experiences.

The full video can be watched below:

Webinar: The Gender Imbalance in UK Economics