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Grant funding awarded to RES for EDI initiatives

The Royal Economic Society has been awarded funding by the Academy of Social Sciences and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The funding has been given to support five EDI initiatives and interventions, one of which include RES’ Diversity and Inclusion Work.

After a competitive round of bids from over 40% of the learned societies in the Academy’s network and careful consideration, an independent external assessment panel awarded funding to the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Economic Society, the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Leisure Studies Association and the British Psychological Society and the British Educational Research Association (joint bid).

RES is very grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank the Academy of Social Sciences and ESRC for their support in improving EDI in economics.

The funding will help support RES with four EDI initiatives, including the Women’s Committee Mentoring programme, Consciously Inclusive Mentoring training, Peer Learning Sets programme and the Active Bystander programme. As part of this work, we will provide training and ‘toolkits’ for each programme, which can be utilised in other social sciences, or across other protected characteristics.

Stefania Paredes-Fuentes, RES Diversity Champion, said: “This grant will have a real impact to create a more inclusive and equitable environment both in Economics and across the social sciences. Thank you for making it possible to have this shared goal.”