The RES Council supervises and advises on the Society’s activities. It meets twice-yearly and consists of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Life Vice Presidents, Honorary Treasurer, Chair of Trustees and thirty elected councillors (three of whom are appointed to the Trustee Board).

Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli

Chair of Trustees and Co-opted Trustee

Anton has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow since 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was Chair of the Russell Group of Universities in 2017-20. He currently chairs the Economic Commission for the Glasgow Region City Deal. He was awarded the honour of Commendatore of the Republic of Italy in 2008, and a Knighthood in 2017.

Prof Sir Christopher Pissarides


Sir Christopher Antoniou Pissarides FBA is a Cypriot economist. He is the School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and Professor of European Studies at the University of Cyprus. His research focuses on topics of macroeconomics, notably labour, economic growth, and economic policy. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics, jointly with Peter A. Diamond and Dale Mortensen, for the analysis of markets with theory of search frictions.

Prof Imran Rasul


Imran Rasul is a Professor of Economics at University College London, Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and Co-Director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre on Wealth Concentration, Inequality and the Economy. In these roles he has supported policy engagement among economists, advised early career researchers, and brought together research and education on the study of wealth concentration and economic inequality. He has served as a Council Member and Trustee of the Royal Economic Society (RES) from 2018-2023 and Chaired the RES Publications Committee from 2018-21.


Kate Collyer

Honorary Treasurer

Kate is Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority, where she heads a division responsible for providing rigorous economic thinking, research, analysis, and advice to help the FCA deliver on its strategic objective of making financial services markets work well. Kate has nearly 20 years’ experience as an economist in roles spanning the public and private sector. Kate has undertaken several senior roles in government. She has published in The Economic Journal.

Council members holding office until 2025


Dr Luisa Affuso

Council member (until 2025)

Luisa is Chief Economist at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. She is a member of Ofcom’s executive board, and leads the Economics Group. She joined from PwC where she headed the Competition Economics practice.

Prof Miguel Costa-Gomes

Council representative (until 2025) and Elections Officer (until 2025)

Miguel’s main research interests revolve around the observation and modelling of the behaviour of individuals in a variety of economic contexts under controlled conditions in the computer laboratory.


Prof Sanjeev Goyal

Council member (until 2025)

Sanjeev Goyal is a pioneer and leading international scholar in the study of social and economic networks. His book, ‘Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks’, was published in 2007 by Princeton University Press. A Chinese translation appeared in 2010.


Prof Maia Guell

Council member (until 2025)

Maia Güell received her PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics in 2000. Right after graduate school, she was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and then moved to Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where she was first an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor (with tenure). In 2007, she was appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh.


Prof Cheti Nicoletti

Council member (until 2025)

Cheti Nicoletti (BSc Padova, MA Louvain-la-Neuve, PhD Florence) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of York. She is also the Leader of the Applied Micro-Econometrics Cluster within the Department, (AME).


Prof Jackie Wahba

Council member (until 2025)

Jackie is Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton. She has been a member of the UK Migration Advisory Committee since 2012. She leads the Migration Research at the ESRC Centre for Population Change. She is a research fellow of Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Institute of Labour Studies (IZA) and Economic Research Forum (ERF). She has acted as an advisor to several international organisations, including the EC, the World Bank, IOM, ILO and OECD.

Council members holding office until 2026


Prof Abigail Adams-Prassl

Council member (until 2026)

Abi Adams-Prassl is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the IFS, CEP, CEPR, and the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her academic work and its policy impact, including the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize and an ERC Starting Grant. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Review of Economic Studies and a Special Advisor to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee.


Jonathan Athow

Council member (until 2026)

Jonathan Athow graduated with a master’s degree in economics from the University of East Anglia. He worked for 14 years in HM Treasury before becoming Chief Economist at HM Revenue and Customs. Between 2015 and 2021, he was Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics at the Office for National Statistics. Jonathan has since returned to HM Revenue and Customs and is Director General for Customer Strategy and Tax Design.


Kate Collyer

Council member (until 2026)

Kate is Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority, where she heads a division responsible for providing rigorous economic thinking, research, analysis, and advice to help the FCA deliver on its strategic objective of making financial services markets work well. Kate has nearly 20 years’ experience as an economist in roles spanning the public and private sector. Kate has undertaken several senior roles in government. She has published in The Economic Journal.


Prof Monica Costa-Dias

Council member (until 2026)

Monica Costa-Dias is Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and Deputy Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She holds a PhD in Economics from UCL and is Visiting Professor at the University of Porto, a Council Member of the European Economic Association (2021-25), a Research Fellow at IZA, CEPR and the HCEO, and the editor of Fiscal Studies. She is a labour economist.


Prof Swati Dhingra

Council member (until 2026)

Swati Dhingra is Associate Professor in Economics at LSE, and associate of the Centre for Economic Performance. She is currently a member of the UK’s Trade Modelling Review Expert Panel and LSE’s Economic Diplomacy Commission. She is Research Fellow at CEPR, and on the editorial boards of Journal of International Economics and Review of Economic Studies. Her research is in international economics and industrial policy. She has published in leading academic journals.


Prof Emma Tominey

Council member (until 2026)

Emma Tominey is a Professor of Economics at the University of York, specialising in labour economics and child human capital. Emma worked at the University of Bristol before gaining a PhD from University College London, where she worked at the Centre for Economic Performance. Emma’s research is highly policy relevant – her research on youth unemployment influences UK and EU policy and Emma consults with UK government including HM Treasury. Her research has won awards including from EALE.

Council members holding office until 2027


Prof Jo Blanden

Council member (until 2027)

Jo Blanden is Reader in Economics at the University of Surrey where she has worked since completing her PhD in Economics at UCL in 2005. She is a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. Her research focuses on intergenerational mobility and related issues in the Economics of Education, including Early Years and the recent disruptions to education from the pandemic. She regularly provides advice to Government and she is a member of the ESRC peer review college.


Anita Charlesworth CBE

Council member (until 2027)

Anita Charlesworth is Director of Research and the REAL Centre at the Health Foundation. She is Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham, Chair of the Office of Health Economics and specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee. She has a MSc in health economics and BA in social science. She has worked in government (an economist in DHSC/Director of Public spending in HM Treasury), pharmaceutical industry and the third sector.


Prof Sriya Iyer

Council member (until 2027)

Sriya Iyer is Professor of Economics and Social Science at the University of Cambridge; Fellow, St Catharine’s College and Deputy Director, The Keynes Fund. Her research encompasses development, economics of religion, demography and health. She read for economics degrees in Delhi, India and Cambridge, UK, and has taught at Cambridge for twenty years. She is a Research Fellow of CEPR; Pew Research Centre’s India Advisory Board; Deputy Programme Chair, RES Conference 2020; and serves on the editorial boards of three journals. Her recent books are on The Economics of Religion in India (Harvard) and Advances in the Economics of Religion (IEA, Palgrave).


Prof Melanie Jones

Council member (until 2027)

Melanie Jones is a Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School. Her research interest is empirical labour economics, and she has worked on a range of policy relevant issues, including for the Low Pay Commission and the Office of Manpower Economics. She is a former Associate of The Economics Network, and is currently an associate editor at the British Journal of Industrial Relations and a member of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and ESRC Grant Assessment Panel C.


Prof Ben Lockwood

Council member (until 2027)

Ben Lockwood is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He has held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, London, and Exeter. His research is mainly in public economics and political economy and has been published in journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He has held editorial positions at Review of Economic Studies, & Economic Journal.


Prof Anna Vignoles

Council member (until 2027)

Anna Vignoles is Director of the Leverhulme Trust: one of the largest research funders in the UK. An education economist and previously a Professor at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the relationship between educational achievement and social mobility and the role played by skills in the economy. She has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, of Business, Innovation and Skills, and HM Treasury.

Council members holding office until 2028

Assoc Prof Arun Advani

Council member (until 2028)

Arun Advani is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He is also affiliated with the IFS, LSE International Inequalities Institute, CESifo, IZA, and the World Inequality Lab. He studies issues of tax compliance and tax design, with a particular focus on those with high incomes or wealth; and issues of education and skills development in the labour market. Together with Sarah Smith, he co-founded and co-chairs Discover Economics, a campaign to both increase access to economics, and increase the diversity of people who study and work in economics. At the RES, Arun was a member of the Schools sub-committee, and is on the DE Grants panel. 

Prof Parama Chaudhury

Council member (until 2028)

Parama Chaudhury is a Professor at UCL and has experience in UCL’s BAME awarding gap project, helping a diverse range of colleagues to develop, use and disseminate good practice in economics education and widening participation initiatives, to further the RES’s work in this area. This builds on her work to date with the RES Education and Training Committee. She is also the Founding Director of CTaLE, and sits on the panel for the CORE Project’s Learning Committee.

Prof David Jaeger

Council member (until 2028)

David Jaeger is Professor of Economics at the University of St Andrews. His research, primarily focusing on labor economics, conflict, and applied econometrics, has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association, among others.   He is the Editor of the Scottish Journal of Political EconomyDavid is a Research Fellow at IZA and CEPR and, prior to moving to St Andrews, was a Research Associate at the NBER. 


Prof Almudena Sevilla

Council member (until 2028)

Almudena Sevilla is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at LSE and a recipient of an ERC grant. Her research focuses on the areas of gender economics and human capital and is published in top economics journals. She has held positions at leading institutions such as University College London, the University of Oxford, and the US Congress. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 2004. Almudena is president-elect of the Society of the Economics of the Household, and Chair of the RES UK-Women in Economics Network (UK-WEN)


Misa Tanaka

Council member (until 2028)

Misa Tanaka is Head of Research at the Bank of England and is responsible for the Bank’s research strategy. She holds a D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford and has several academic publications on financial regulation and the impact of climate change on central banksShe is a member of both the RES’s Women’s Committee and the Steering Group of the UK Women in EconomicsShe has previously served on the Research Accreditation Panel of the UK Statistics Authority. 

Prof Stephanie Von Hinke

Council member (until 2028)

Stephanie Von Hinke is Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. Her research builds on the biomedical as well as economic and social sciences. She investigates the importance of parental investments, early life environments, genetics, and government policy in explaining individuals’ health and economic outcomes over the life course. She currently holds an ERC Starting Grant, examining the importance of the nature-nurture interplay in shaping individuals’ life chances. She is joint PI on an EU-funded Doctoral Network aiming to incorporate molecular genetic data into the social sciences.  

Council members holding office until 2029

Prof Sonia Bhalotra

Council member (until 2029)

Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. She is a labour economist with research expertise relating to gender, health and political representation. She currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant on the economics of violence against women. She leads the families stream of the ESRC research centre MiSoC at Essex and she leads the mental health and wellbeing stream of CAGE at Warwick. Through 2015-2021, Sonia was leading the health rights stream on an ESRC grant to the Human Rights Centre at Essex. Sonia is a Research Fellow at the IFS and CEPR, Fellow of the International Economic Association and the Academy of Social Sciences, and an Associate Editor of the Economic Journal.

Dr Anna Valero

Council member (until 2029)

Dr Anna Valero is Distinguished Policy Fellow at the LSE, Director of the CEP’s Growth Programme, Deputy Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) and Grantham Research Institute Associate. She studies the drivers of productivity and innovation, with a particular focus on policies for sustainable and inclusive growth in the UK. Anna was a member of the Economy 2030 Inquiry steering group, and a research director for the LSE Growth Commission. Her external advisory roles include membership of the OBR’s advisory panel and the Government’s Green Jobs Delivery Group, and previously, membership of the Chancellor’s Economic Advisory Council. 

Prof Hamish Low

Council member (until 2029)

Hamish Low is the James Meade Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. He is a professorial fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a research fellow at the IFS and at CEPR. He is also a member of the Methods Advisory Group at the Department of Work and Pensions. His research analyses what sort of risks individuals and families face over their lifetimes, and the extent that self-insurance and government social insurance mitigates these risks. Hamish has worked with Sarah Smith on the financial implications of the REF rules and the decline in funding for economic research in the UK. 

Prof Julia Darby

Council member (until 2029)

Julia Darby, a Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, is a macroeconomist who focuses on labour market issues and fiscal policy. She’s previously worked at the Universities of Glasgow and Stirling and at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. As her department’s Director of Postgraduate Research, she recently received recognition for the exceptional support she provided to build students’ sense of community during the Covid pandemic. She is actively involved with the Scottish Graduate School in Social Sciences (an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership), contributing to shaping student culture and support activity and as a pathway reviewer.

Dr Maria Psyllou

Council member (until 2029)

Maria Psyllou is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the economics of education. She leads the ‘Inspire’ Initiative at the RES UK WEN dedicated to inspiring young women in economics and empowering early career women economists. She is a mentor at the Women in Economics Initiative (WiE). Maria is co-founder and co-lead of the Birmingham Economics Education Seminars (BEES) with Tim Burnett and Wenyu Zang, an initiative developing cross-institutional economics of education research. A Discover Economics Academic Champion, she leads numerous school outreach initiatives, targeting young women and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Katy Peters

Council member (until 2029)

Katy Peters is Chief Economist at HM Revenue and Customs, using economics to enable better decision making and supporting numerous UK Budgets.  She has provided advice on a wide range of issues including economic growth, the environment and housing.  Katy has extensive experience of applied economics, having worked in the Department of Health, the Treasury, investment banking and the Bank of England.  She uses large data sets and works with other professions, especially statistics and operational research, to raise standards in economics.  She also leads a large community of economists, strengthening alternative routes into the economics profession.