Why the future of economics may not be so dismal

Caroline Elliott PR

13 December 2017

  • Deputy Dean of Aston Business School Professor Caroline Elliott to give inaugural lecture on the future of economics teaching and research
  • Free for the public to attend on January 16 January, 18:00–19:30. Book your place here.

Economics has long been known as the ‘dismal science’, but are there grounds for optimism both in terms of research and education?

Industrial economist and Deputy Dean of Aston Business School Professor Caroline Elliott will deliver the latest in Aston University’s series of inaugural lectures, free for the public to attend.

The talk, titled ‘Why the outlook for economics may not be so dismal after all’, will explore how economists in and outside of academia were criticised in light of the financial crisis from 2007 onwards, and how the way the subject was taught at degree level was very publically challenged.

However, despite a troubled few years for the subject, Professor Elliott will show what is being done to improve its reputation and to transform the way it is taught at university.

Professor Elliott became Deputy Dean of Aston Business School in March 2017, having been a Professor in Industrial Economics and Director of Teaching and Learning at University of Huddersfield. She is senior economics editor of the journal Cogent Economics and Finance, and has strong research interests in regulation and competition policy and the impacts of regulatory interventions on firms’ behaviour.

The lecture will take place at Aston University on Tuesday 16 January 2018. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 18:00 – Tea and coffee in Room G8, Main Building
  • 18:30 ­– Lecture in Room G11, Main Building
  • 19:30 – Drinks, nibbles and networking in G8, Main Building.

To book your place, visit the Eventbrite page.

For more information, email events@aston.ac.uk  


Notes to the editor

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led university known for its world-class teaching quality, and strong links to business and the professions. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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