One of the Royal Economic Society’s key strategic priorities for 2019-2023 is to improve diversity in economics. Through its Women’s Committee, the Society has monitored and worked to improve the representation of women in UK economics over the last two decades. More recently, the Society has actively supported and promoted the Discover Economics campaign to improve diversity among undergraduate economics students and has also worked to improve the representation of state school pupils attending its Annual Lectures.
To help embed diversity more fully into its decision-making, the Royal Economic Society wishes to appoint a Diversity Champion, who will promote and monitor diversity across all the Society’s activities.
The Diversity Champion will:
- Promote and monitor diversity across all activities of the Society, including membership of the Society and its committees, selection of speakers and appointment of editors;
- Advise RES Committees (including the Executive Committee and Council), as appropriate, on promoting diversity in activities and/or membership;
- Work closely with the Communications and Engagement Committee and be an invited member of other RES working groups whose remits potentially involve diversity issues;
- Act to alert the Trustee Board (RES Executive Committee) to any concerns about diversity in relation to the Society;
- Have authority to seek information from the chairs of RES Committees and/or the RES office on any aspect relating to diversity;
- Represent the RES externally in relation to diversity issues.
Further information on the role and details of how to apply are available at the RES website. Applications close on Wednesday 15 July. It is hoped that a decision on the appointment can be made shortly after this date.
Queries about the role can be directed to the RES Secretary-General, Denise Osborn (firstname.lastname@example.org).