About Us

The Royal Economic Society is the pre-eminent economics association in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1890, we are a registered charity and received our Royal Charter in 1902. Our 4,000 members are located in over 70 countries, with approximately half of these in the UK. Thousands more engage with us every year via our group and institutional membership programmes and through our journals,  events and other activities.

Our history is rooted in academia and we continue to advance research through our peer-reviewed journals –The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal – our annual conference and our support for doctoral students. Through our Annual Public Lecture and other events, online materials and partnerships, we have worked to improve the public’s understanding of economics.

Via our Discover Economics campaign and schools outreach work, we have been active in helping create a more diverse pipeline of future economists and have sought to build stronger connections between academic and professional economists.  This inclusive approach is reflected in our membership, which is open to anyone with an interest in economics and shares our vision for economics to be understood, advanced and applied for the maximum benefit of society and the world around us.

The RES is a registered charity. Our annual report and accounts provide a summary of our financial position and more details on our key activities.

Our 2024-2028 strategy guides our work through four key priorities:

“The Royal Economic Society has represented the best of British economics for more than a century. It has been supporting high quality research, striving for inclusion and diversity, and demonstrating to the community the power of economics to handle difficult problems. The motivation is always that economics can be both good for the world and fun!”

- Prof Sir Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2010