Queen's University Belfast 25-27 March

The Annual RES Conference is our flagship event to which we welcome over 500 participants. The conference consists of keynote lectures, special sessions and general sessions for paper presentation along with fringe events such as; workshops, masterclasses, chats and social events. In 2024, this not-to-be-missed event is kindly being hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

Monday, 10.45:

Hahn Lecture – Prof. Kevin Hoover, Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Duke University. Senior Fellow, Center for the History of Political Economy and Editor, History of Political Economy

Monday, 16.00: 

Professor Nicholas Crafts Presidential Memorial Lecture

During this session we will share a series of video and audio recordings of past lectures Nick gave over the years.  In addition we will hear from past students, peers and colleagues of Nick’s, including:

Tuesday, 11.00:

Sargan Lecture – Prof. Mariacristina De Nardi, Thomas Sargent Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, 14.45

Positive cultural change in Economics: Our panel of speakers will introduce the need for culture change to improve standards of professional conduct, and the research demonstrating how being an ‘active bystander’ can make positive strides to achieve this.

Wednesday, 10.00:

The Economic Journal Lecture – Prof. Benjamin Moll, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Wednesday, 14.50:

Conference Panel: Artificial Intelligence, welfare and policy regulation

Panellists are:

Each year, the RES Conference welcomes a diverse and captivating array of sponsors, and we anticipate nothing less for the exciting conference that awaits us in 2024.

Our sponsorship packages for the 2024 conference are available now.

However, if you’re eager to explore bespoke opportunities or have a specific idea in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Events Manager, Georgina Jenkins, via events@res.org.uk. She’ll be delighted to assist you.

Here are some of the great opportunities available: 

  • Headline Sponsor: Take the lead in shaping the conference content as the headline sponsor and design one of our prestigious keynote lectures

  • Gala Dinner Sponsor: Titanic Belfast will host this years conference dinner.  Sponsor(s) can brand the event, have face to face time with key contacts or host a table of invited guests

  • Conference Breakfasts: Join an invite-only list of conference delegates for intimate and engaging conference breakfasts, fostering meaningful discussions and connections.

Each year, the RES Conference hosts a selection of social events and networking opportunities for delegates, here’s what we have planned for 2024:

Welcome Networking Reception: Monday

Delegates are invited to join the RES President, Prof. Mary Morgan and Belfast’s Lord Mayor for a welcome drink and nibbles at the iconic City Hall Belfast, located in the centre of this bustling city.

Gala Dinner: Tuesday

We are delighted to be hosting this years gala dinner at Titanic Belfast.  A monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage, Titanic Belfast is located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built.

The evening will start with a drinks reception, before guests move into the Titanic Suite for an enjoyable 3 course dinner.  Ending the evening, we will be awarding prizes for best poster, paper and the usual journal prizes.

For information on getting to Belfast, Visit Belfast has lots of helpful details.


Belfast has two city airports, both of which have regular flights from other UK airports and a selection of international flights. 

George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Aer Lingus Regional, British Airways, KLM, Flybe, EasyJet and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre and all central hotels are within a few minutes walk of the bus stop close to City Hall.  Please visit www.caa.co.uk for further information and travel advice.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Wizz all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre. Or there are plenty of taxis waiting to bring you to the city centre.


Those traveling from England, Scotland and Isle of Man can make use convenient ferry services.



Visitors from Dublin can travel via train. Book in advance at www.irishrail.ie for the best value fares.


Travelling to the UK

Please refer to the UK Government website if you are travelling from outside the UK regarding Visa requirements: Check if you need a UK visa – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The RES can assist with a formal letter of invite for those presenting at the conference, please contact events@res.org.uk with your details including passport number.

Belfast has a host of wonderful independent hotels within the city centre for delegates to chose from including:

Hastings Grand Central

Europa Hotel

Ten Square Hotel

room2 Belfast Hometel

You can book your hotel via the Visit Belfast Website via a booking agent like Booking.com or direct with the hotel.

For media or sponsorship enquiries as well as general questions, please contact Georgina Jenkins, Events Manager on events@res.org.uk 

The RES would like to thank this years Conference Programme Chair: Dr Arcangelo Dimico, Queen’s University Belfast and Deputy-Programme Chair: Professor Michela Vecchi, Kingston University.

The RES Annual Conference is coordinated by the Conference Committee. 


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Tel: 028 9002 0998

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