Diversity & Inclusion Network Event


The latest event of the RES Diversity and Inclusion Network  was held on 9 June at HM Treasury, London, co-hosted by the Government Economic Service (GES).

Date: 9 June
Time: 12:00-16:00. 
Venue: His Majesty’s Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, England, SW1A 2HQ

For materials and a written synopsis of the event, please click here.

Event programme 

12:00Registration and Lunch
12:45Welcome – Tom Aldred (he/him) – Deputy Director, GESR
13:00Panel discussion “Why Diversity matters to Economics”

·        Dimitra Petropoulou (she/her) – Professorial Lecturer, London School of Economics

·        Luisa Affuso (she/her) – Chief Economist, Ofcom

·        Tom Aldred (he/him) – Deputy Director, GESR

·        Jo Swaffield (she/her) – Chair of RES Women’s Committee, Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton

Chair: Stefania Paredes Fuentes (she/her)
RES Diversity Champion and Associate Professor at University of Warwick

14:00Breakout Sessions 1
Session AHow to create inclusive learning environments

Professor Gabriella Cagliesi (she/her) – Professor of Economics, University of Sussex
Sam McLoughlin (he/him) – Campaign Manager, Discover Economics

Discover Economics works in attracting more diverse students to economics. However, it is equally vital to create learning environments that allow diverse students to thrive in economics. Professor Gabriella Cagliesi will share her expertise in evaluating teaching’s impact on diverse student groups and creating inclusive learning environments. This session aims to foster an engaging discussion on the necessary alignment between recruitment efforts and the provision of supportive spaces that promote the success of students from all backgrounds.

Session BDiversity and Inclusion, and your organisation’s triple bottom line

Jacques Le Vene (he/him) – Diversity and Inclusion Lead, GESR Team

Kiran Krishna (she/her) – Principal Economist, the Information Commissioners Office, and D&I lead for the UK Women in Economics Network


This session will cover the fundamentals of creating simple triple bottom line analysis on D&I interventions, using Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line theory as a framework. Participants will be asked to discuss a range of D&I interventions they could introduce, assess the impacts they might bring, and how they could be measured. This is a very practical session providing participants with tangible take-away actions and considerations.

14:45Coffee break
15:00Breakout Sessions 2
Session CCreating inclusive environments for LGBTQA+ economists

Andy Melia (he/him) – Strategic Partnership Director, Open for Business

Joel Cooper (he/him) – Warwick PLAN

Andy will talk about the Open for Business research on supporting LGBT+ communities in the workplace, and how to advance LGBT+ inclusion in your institution. Joel will provide a student perspective on the importance of creating inclusive environments for LGBT+ young people and his experience creating Warwick PLAN, a student-led society that support students in finding career opportunities in organisations which provide an inclusive environment for LGBT+ staff.

Session DThe Socio-Economic Background of Economics students

Manolis Noikokyris (he/him) – Reader in Economics, Queen Mary University London

Stefania Paredes Fuentes (she/her), RES Diversity Champion and Associate Professor at University of Warwick

The last RES Report “Who Studies Economics?” emphasises the lack of socio-economic diversity among economics students. During the session, Stefania will briefly talk about the main implications of a leaky pipeline at university level, and Manolis will talk about the work at Queen Mary University, supporting economics students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

15:45Closing remarks – Stefania Paredes Fuentes (she/her), RES Diversity Champion and Associate Professor at University of Warwick
16:00Event finish


For more information about the RES Diversity & Inclusion Network, click here. 

To join our mailing list, click here 


If you have any questions, please contact Stefania Paredes Fuentes (RES Diversity Champion) at s.paredes-fuentes@warwick.ac.uk or Victoria Parkinson (Programmes Officer, Diversity) at programmesofficer@res.org.uk.