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Nominations and Appointments Committee

The committee is responsible for a) reviewing the nominations for President and making a recommendation to Council, b) reviewing nominations for Council elections and making recommendations on those candidates who should move forward to a ballot of the membership and c) appointing the chair and co-opted members of the Trustee Board.

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Sir Charles Bean

Charles is a professor of economics at LSE and a member of the Budget Responsibility Committee at OBR. He previously served as Chief Economist (2000-8) and Deputy Governor (2008-14) at the Bank of England. He was President of RES from 2013 to 2015 and was knighted for services to monetary policy in 2014.

Prof Imran Rasul

President Elect

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.

Prof Miguel Costa-Gomes

Council representative (until 2025) and Elections Officer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.  

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).