The Conference of Heads of university Departments of Economics (CHUDE) works to promote the research and teaching of economics in the UK.  It was established by the Society in 1987 in collaboration with the Association of University Teachers of Economics.  

CHUDE consists of heads of economics and related departments and units at UK universities and meets twice a year in April and November.  There are currently around 100 members.  A steering committee acts on behalf of the full conference between the main meetings.

The conference usually acts as the lead for the Society on providing feedback on consultations and is happy to consider items of academic interest to be circulated to its members.

Prof Eric Pentecost

Chair of CHUDE

Eric is a Professor of Economics at Loughborough University.

Prof Eric J Pentecost

Chair of CHUDE (Co-opted)

Eric has been the chair of CHUDE since 2012 and has worked at Loughborough University since 1987, following two years as an Economics Analyst in the Bank of England. Eric has published over 70 academic papers and has held visiting appointments at Vanderbilt University (1994), the University of Antwerp (2001-15) and Claremont Graduate University (2016).

Prof Jo Swaffield

CHUDE Chair-elect

Jo is Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics & Related Studies, University of York. Jo is a labour economist interested in low wages, working hours and in-work poverty. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Low Pay Commission. Jo is a member of the Home Office’s Migration Advisory Committee.

Dr. Marina della Giusta

CHUDE Deputy Chair-elect

Marina is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Reading. Her publications are in the area of behavioural and labour economics, with particular focus on gender, stigma and social norms. Marina is actively promoting initiatives surrounding both the communication and teaching of economics and the advancement of women in the profession.