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Economics & Policy

The Economics & Policy group analyses how economics can improve economic growth and business performance; and how public policy can be improved to enhance economic growth, sustainability and the quality of life.

The research of the group falls broadly into the following categories:

  • Competition policy and regulation (Christos Genakos)
  • Decision-making under extreme uncertainty (Jochen Runde)
  • Energy economics and policy (David Reiner and Michael Pollitt)
  • Econometric and statistical methods (Paul Kattuman and Christos Genakos)
  • Explanation in the social sciences (Jochen Runde)
  • Innovation (Michael Kitson and Christos Genakos)
  • Macroeconomic policy and performance (Michael Kitson)
  • Productivity measurement and the regulation of utilities (Michael Pollitt and Christos Genakos)
  • Social ontology and the ontology of technology (Jochen Runde and Philip Faulkner)
  • The modelling of public policy, particularly concerning climate change (Chris Hope)
  • Auctions and negotiations (Antonio Rosato and Michael Pollitt)
  • Behavioural economics (Antonio Rosato, Michael Pollitt and Christos Genakos)
  • Industrial organisation (Antonio Rosato and Christos Genakos)


  • Genakos, Christos
    University Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Hope, Chris
    Reader in Policy Modelling
  • Kattuman, Paul
    Reader in Economics, Director of Teaching
  • Kitson, Michael
    University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics, Deputy Director of the MBA Programme
  • Pollitt, Michael
    Professor of Business Economics, Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy Programme, Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group, Head of the Economics & Policy Subject Group
  • Reiner, David
    University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy
  • Rosato, Antonio
    University Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Runde, Jochen
    Professor of Economics & Organisation, Director of Faculty
  • Soufani, Khaled
    Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Director of the Middle East Research Centre, Senior Faculty in Management Practice

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer are equivalent to Assistant Professor in North American terminology. Reader is equivalent to Associate Professor with tenure in North American terminology.

PhD students

Research staff

  • Ajayi, Victor
    Research Associate, Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)
  • Anaya Stucchi, Karim
    Research Associate
  • Chyong, Chi Kong
    Research Associate, Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)
  • Deakin, Simon
    Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR)
  • Hughes, Alan
    Margaret Thatcher Professor Emeritus of Enterprise Studies, and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Business Research (CBR)
  • Ritz, Robert
    Senior Research Associate, Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)

Honorary appointments

The research of the group is informed and stimulated by regular interactions with a wide range of regional, national and international organisations such as: the European Union; the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy; National Infrastructure Commission; the US Environmental Protection Agency; UK Met Office and Committee on Climate Change; and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). It provides advice and policy inputs at Prime Ministerial and Ministerial levels in the UK and abroad.

The group also maintains long-standing collaborations with leading academic institutions around the world including Stanford University Energy Modelling Forum, MIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and CSIRO.

Members of the group are also actively engaged in business and policy engagement through:

  • the Centre for Business Research (CBR), which conducts interdisciplinary research on enterprise, innovation and governance in contemporary market economies, and whose research is used by managers, policy-makers and regulators in numerous countries.
  • the Energy Policy Forum (EPF), which facilitates knowledge exchange between the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and a range of organisations including government departments, regulators, energy companies and consumer organisations.
  • the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), whose aim is to improve public policy through the more effective use of evidence and expertise. It does this by facilitating visits to the University of Cambridge of civil servants from various government departments and agencies, as well as leading private companies with technology policy interests.

The members of the group publish in leading journals and also disseminate their work through other channels to ensure the maximum impact on policy and practice. The CBR, EPRG and UK-IRC also produce a range of publications and presentations which are available via their websites:

Seminars are added as they are arranged.

View a list of all Cambridge Judge research seminars