The Department of Economics is committed to the inclusion, progression, and success of all groups in its research, education and leadership activities.
We aim to foster equality of opportunity and a positive culture for all, where our differences are respected and valued. We encourage anyone interested in the creative and productive atmosphere we foster to join us. We will support you in your career progression, whether you are a student, an academic or professional services member of staff.
The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Since 2015 the charter has expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender and black and minority ethnic equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.
The Department of Economics received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2021. The University of Essex was awarded the Institutional Bronze Award in November, 2017, in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEMM. The University also joined the WISE Campaign in November, 2016.
"We are engaging with the Athena SWAN process so that we can incorporate equality and diversity more completely into the departmental agenda, with concrete outcomes that should contribute to the culture, performance, and well-being of all departmental members.”
We have 27 women in our economics staff community who are at different stages of their careers and in roles including Professor, Lecturer, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Professional Services Officer. Our staff and students increasingly represent black and minority ethnic groups from a diverse range of communities.
Research and teaching in aspects of gender, minority groups and economics is an important element of what we do in the department. Read on to view key pieces of research from the department which examine gender and economics.