Department of Economics

About the Department

The Department of Economics is a key component of the University of Sussex Business School and enjoys an international reputation for outstanding teaching and applied research particularly in the areas of development, energy, poverty, labour and trade.

Our dynamic department combines some of the brightest and best early-career economists with a strong core of experienced senior academics. Their expertise spans both a range of subjects and techniques with strengths in applied policy analysis, economic theory, and applied research techniques.

With a strong international atmosphere, we have a vibrant community of around 500 undergraduate students and 100 postgraduate students at Masters and PhD level. 

Through robust applied research based on sound theoretical foundations and best-practice quantitative techniques, our researchers are directly influencing and informing policy-making organisations throughout the world.  This includes:

  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization
  • International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • UK Department for International Development
  • US government.

View our Impact and Influence case studies

Regularly publishing their work in some of the top economics journals in the world, our faculty also integrate their research into teaching so that students learn how to apply economic theory to contemporary topics.

With weekly research seminars and PhD level reading groups, plus a range of student societies relevant to economics, students have a number of opportunities to interact with faculty and engage in discussion within our lively research active environment.

Find out more about our reseach seminars and workshops


The £29 million Jubilee Building, housing the Business School, was named in honour of the University’s golden jubilee, which took place in 2012. It was designed by the architects ADP, who wished to complement the surrounding iconic Sussex architecture, as well as create a building that was visually stunning in its own right.

The design also prioritised sustainability, with many energy efficient features leading to it being granted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

On top of the main lecture theatre is a grass covered roof terrace (with great views of campus) and the building opens onto an impressive piazza, right in the heart of the Sussex grounds.

Inside, the facilities are superb, including a 500 seat lecture theatre (the largest on campus), a smaller 60-seat lecture theatre, 10 seminar rooms, a PC cluster room, study space for taught students and PGRs, a café/social space with adjacent flexible workspace, and 120 offices.  

The audio-visual technology in the seminar rooms is state of the art, advised by consultant Douglas Bolton.

It is a fantastic place to study and work.

Contact us

Head of Department
Paola Manzini
+44 (0)1273 876821

Course Co-ordinators
+44 (0)1273 678889

+44 (0)1273 872717

Find us

The Department of Economics is located in the state-of-the-art new Jubilee Building at the heart of the Sussex campus.