Monthly Archives: July 2014

Keynes College

Thirlwall Visiting Research Fellow

Professor Kevin Nell of the University of Porto, Portugal, will be visiting the School of Economics between 4 and 11 August as a Thirlwall Visiting Research Fellow. Kevin obtained his PhD from the University of Kent in 2000 on the topic of ‘Money, Inflation and Growth in South Africa’, and since then he has published several papers on similar themes in such journals as the Cambridge Journal of Economics; International Review of Applied Economics; Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, and Economic Letters. He is working with Professor Tony Thirlwall on a research project explaining differences in the productivity of capital across countries.

CEAS – Small Farms: Decline or Persistence?

The two-day seminar ‘Small Farms: decline or persistence?’ was held on 26 and 27th June at the University of Kent, Canterbury. The seminar was jointly organised by the Centre for European Agri-environmental Studies (CEAS) at the School of Economics, the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). The seminar raised big interest in academics from all over the world and representatives of international organisations – the EU, OECD, FAO and the World Bank. It attracted nearly 90 delegates from 26 countries, presenting more than 60 papers in the plenary, contributed papers and posters sessions. Julia Goodfellow – Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent, David Colman – President Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Csaba Forgacs – Former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and Sophia Davidova – Honorary Director of CEAS welcomed the participants.

The event proved a timely opportunity to re-consider recent evidence of the multiple roles – economic, social and environmental – of small farms in developed, transition and developing countries.

Selected papers will be published in Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, in a special issue devoted to the seminar.

The seminar benefitted from the sponsorship of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, supporting the participation of academics from low-income countries.

To read more about the CEAS Conference – Small Farms: Decline or Persistence, click here.

University Open Day 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended the University of Kent Open Day on Saturday and for your interest in the School of Economics. We hope you had a chance to ask any questions you may have about studying Economics at Kent and that you found our subject talk informative – to download a copy of the slides, please click here.

If you have any further queries about studying Economics at Kent, please email our Director of Admissions at

University Open Day: Saturday 12 July 2014

Members of the School of Economics academic staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about studying Economics at Kent at the University Open Day on Saturday 12 July. Come along to Stand 5 in Sports Hall 1 to talk about undergraduate or postgraduate study in 2015. We look forward to meeting you…

Kent Union Teaching Awards 2014

Two members of the Economics staff have been recognised in the annual Kent Union Teaching Awards.  The awards were created, and are run by students to recognise and reward academics for their commitment to the delivery of excellent teaching.

Many congratulations to Professor Alan Carruth who was presented with the Social Sciences Faculty Award at a ceremony on 29 May 2014, and to Dr Mathan Satchi who was shortlisted for the ‘Best Supervision’ prize.

This year, Kent Union received more than 2,500 nominations for almost 500 individuals.

For further information on the Kent Union Teaching Awards, see


International Scholarship Success

Congratulations to four potential Economics students for 2014/15 who have been successful in their applications for a University of Kent International Scholarship. Three postgraduate (MSc) applicants and one undergraduate applicant have been awarded £5,000 towards their tuition fees for each year of their study. Competition for these awards is intense, and the School is extremely pleased that the quality of our applicants and the value of our programmes have been recognised in this way. We look forward to the students joining us in September.