Department of Economics

Equality and inclusion

Equality and inclusion in economics at Essex

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.

Athena SWAN 

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 is working towards the Athena SWAN Bronze award. 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.

Kate Rockett
"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.”
Professor Kate Rockett Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team Chair

Supporting inclusion within the Department

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.

Inclusion in our department

Dr Jayant Ganguli - Reader in economics

Dr Ganguli joined Essex in 2012, having obtained his PhD at Cornell University (USA) and then having taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Nottingham. His research and teaching interests are in economic theory, financial economics, and behavioural economics. He has been awarded research funding from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (USA), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Bank of England.
He currently serves as the Graduate Director (Research Students) in the Department of Economics and as the Economics Pathway Lead for Essex in the SeNSS DTP.  He also serves as an Associate Editor at the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society (UK). 

Dr Zeina Alsharkas - Lecturer in economics

Zeina Alsharkas completed her PhD with a specialism in the empirical analysis of competition, in particular, in innovative markets.

She completed her Master's degree at Essex in the same subject area and taught extensively as part of her programme at Essex, earning an excellence in teaching award in 2017.

Dr Lingqing Jiang - Lecturer in economics

Dr Jiang joined Essex in 2017, after completing her PhD at the University of Lausanne. Her work is in behavioural and experimental economics. Her recent work includes empirical studies of peer effects, including among male and female elite athletes.

She teaches applied economics and the economics of organisation.

Professor Friederike Mengel - Professor in economics

Professor Friederike Mengel joined Essex in 2012. She studies behaviour in social networks, and the emergence of social norms, among other areas. Her work on gender bias recently received coverage in The Economist.

She leads the Behavioural Economics programme at Essex and serves as Research Director for the Department. She serves in editorial capacity on four leading journals and has been named to the Council of the Royal Economic Society.

Claire Cox and Carol Macaskill – Department Managers

Claire and Carol operate an innovative job-share model which allows them to successfully fulfil their senior administrative role in the department whilst achieving a work-life balance to meet their other commitments. Outside of the Economics job-share, Claire is mother to a toddler and Carol works for a local charity.

Portrait of Roxana Molina
Success stories from the Department

The Department of Economics are proud to nurture students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Their success is our success. Read Roxana's story to learn more about how the Department helped to launch the career of a budding economist.

Read Roxana's story

Making an impact in economics

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.

Recent research from the department

Marco Francesconi and Matthias Parey (2018) “Early Gender Gaps Among University Graduates”, CEPR Discussion Paper 12754

Data from six cohorts of university graduates in Germany was used to assess the extent of gender gaps in college and labor market performance twelve to eighteen months after graduation. To view the full study, click here to visit our research repository. 

Evelina Gavrilova and Nadia Campaniello (2015), “Uncovering the Gender Participation Gap in the Crime Market”, IZA Discussion Paper 8982

This research documents a gender gap in criminal activities, based on property crimes, using data from the U.S. National Incident Based Reporting System from 1995 to 2015. In this study, a gender participation gap is evidenced, with only 30 percent of the crimes being committed by females. To view the full study, click here to visit our research repository.