"As soon as I decided to apply and began to talk with possible supervisors, I understood that faculty members and PhD students thrive in such a stimulating environment."
Why the PhD?
Studying economics at a PhD level means understanding our society, and how social interactions and phenomena shape our reality within a rigorous research framework. I approached a research-based study of economics for my undergraduate dissertation on climate risk and finance, and I realised how economics provides a scientific setting to address policy-relevant topics.
The School of Economics at Surrey has a wonderful research group, especially in my field of study (Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics). As soon as I decided to apply and began to talk with possible supervisors, I understood that faculty members and PhD students thrive in such a stimulating environment.
Teaching represents the very first step in contributing to knowledge and it’s really fulfilling when you can give back what you have studied for years. Running tutorial sessions, with smaller classes, puts you in a nice position with students – you become a go-to person for them! It is worthwhile to feel their gratitude when answering their questions.
The research opportunities
In the School of Economics, you’re always up to date with all the vacancies in temporary research positions, not only within the University but also in other research centres.
"We have a fantastic network of researchers, and, thanks to my supervisor, I had a chance to assist in a research project funded by the University of Surrey on consumers demand for green fuels."
Both the University and the School offer funding both for independent research endeavours (besides the PhD scholarship) and the possibility of spending some time as visiting PhD student abroad. I have not used any yet, but I’m sure I will soon!
My ambition is to stay in academia. Being here, surrounded by great economists, really spurs you to aim for academic positions. The impact that the researchers produce here is inspirational and even day-to-day meetings with your colleagues or lecturers can result in interesting ideas or, possibly, collaborations. I hope to find a postdoc or a lectureship in a department that inspires me as much as the School of Economics here at Surrey.