Royal Economic Society President Carol Propper made a Dame in New Year's Honours

31 Dec 2020

Royal Economic Society President Carol Propper made a Dame in New Year’s Honours

Prof Carol Propper, RES President and Chair in Economics at Imperial College Business School, has been made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to economics and public health.

In 2010 Dame Carol was awarded a CBE for her services to social science.  She is a fellow of the British Academy, the US National Academy of Medicine, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and is a member of President Macron of France’s expert commission on major economic challenges. Carol is also the third female RES president in 129 years signalling a real change of culture within economics.

In her public life, Dame Carol has championed the need for greater diversity among the economics community. In her role as RES President, she initiated a recent report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies which showed that black economists are 64 percent less likely to work for Russell Group universities than their white peers.  

During 2020, Dame Carol has been instrumental in developing the RES COVID Academic Support Fund, a new fund set up to support PhD students and early career researchers who have been particularly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK universities and academic departments, and to support innovations in teaching economics that have arisen from online/blended learning delivery during 2020.

Reacting to the news of her award she said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded a DBE for my contribution to Economics and Public Health.” Carol continues “I have also been privileged to be able to work with wonderful colleagues in the Royal Economic Society, the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council and CEPR to promote social sciences in Britain and worldwide and to support greater diversity in academia.”

Leighton Chipperfield, RES Chief Executive said “Carol’s award is fully deserved, recognising her many years of public service to the economics community. Her leadership of the RES during an unprecedented year has enabled the Society to continue many of its activities despite the challenges the pandemic has presented.”  

Denise Osborn, RES Secretary General said “Many congratulations to Dame Carol for this richly deserved award, which recognises not only her important academic contributions, but also her selfless work with many organisations for the benefit of economics and the social sciences more generally. As RES President she has led initiatives to promote diversity and to support those in the discipline who have been particularly affected by the pandemic.”