Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics


The Economics Department at the University of Stirling provides a friendly, supportive environment for successful research and teaching.

University of Stirling

The Department is committed to high-quality research and research leadership within the UK and in the international arena, with all teaching staff research active.

The research community is further enhanced by the contributions of research fellows and research postgraduates, and there are regular staff seminars and workshops.

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Economics research at Stirling

Research strengths

The Department has relative strength in four areas:

Money, banking and finance

A substantial proportion of research is in the areas of money, banking and finance, such as:

  • measurement of expected inflation
  • micro credit
  • the regional impact of monetary policy

Labour economics

A lot of our research is also in the area of labour economics, including:

  • wages and incomes
  • labour utilisation
  • poverty and economic demography
  • comparative international markets

Stirling Centre for Economic Methodology

The new Stirling Centre for Economic Methodology (SCEME) provides a focus for research and dissemination on such topics as theories of knowledge, individual rationality and pluralism. This work is further supported by research in the field of history of thought.

Scottish economy

Our fourth area of research strength is the Scottish economy, with research being conducted within the Scotland-wide Scottish Economic Policy Network (Scotecon) which is located at Stirling.

There is increasing scope for interdisciplinary research on this subject matter, which includes health, education, demographics, the environment, within the University and more widely in Scotland.

Scotecon is an organisation funded by the Scottish Executive to conduct research in Scottish economic policy.