The Royal Economic Society is pleased to announce that a judging panel has awarded this year’s RES Medal for Services to the Economics Profession to Prof Denise Osborn. The medal recognises an individual who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the economics profession in one or more of three dimensions: promoting economics; supporting economists; improving diversity.
Now Emeritus, Denise Osborn was employed at the University of Manchester for 38 years, 23 as professor, publishing more than 80 papers and one book, many with international collaborators. She was indeed the first female to be appointed Professor of Econometrics in the UK.
She served as Vice-Chair of the 2001 RAE Econometrics and Econometrics panel in 2001 and Chair of the panel during the 2008 RAE and as a member of the UK Government Statistical Service Methodology Advisory Committee from 2012-2020. She was also a member of the ESRC Training Board from 1999-2003 and the Research Evaluation Committee from 2003-2007.
She has made an exceptional contribution to The Leverhulme Trust including as a longstanding member of the Leverhulme Research Awards Advisory Committee and helping the Trust allocate prestigious prizes and awards, including The Philip Leverhulme Prizes and the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship awards.
Denise Osborn served as the inaugural Chair of the RES Women’s Committee from 1996-1998 and (with others, including Karen Mumford and Carol Propper) initiated the first survey of the position of women in the profession. She was subsequently appointed RES Secretary-General from 2015-2022 and led the Society through a period of substantial change, including the creation of the Society’s professional office.
RES President Prof Mary S. Morgan, who chaired this year’s award panel said:
“Professor Osborn’s contributions as our Secretary General have proved absolutely critical to our Society over the last decade. She was the prime mover not only in modernising our governance, but also in widening our active reach beyond academia and promoting a diverse economics profession. Thank you, Denise, on behalf of the Society.”
Denise Osborn will receive her medal at this year’s RES Annual Conference in March.