Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester, Rachel Griffith, is one of six distinguished individuals set to receive an honorary degree this summer from Keele University.
Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester, Rachel Griffith, is one of six distinguished individuals set to receive an honorary degree from Keele University. Professor Griffith will receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters in a ceremony this summer, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to society in economics.
Rachel is Professor of Economics in the School of Social Sciences and Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Her research broadly considers the design and effectiveness of government policy on consumers, firms and the functioning of markets. Rachel’s specific interests relate to the retail food sector and the ways that policy can help to improve nutritional outcomes. She is passionate about increasing diversity in economics, and improving the ways that economists communicate with policymakers and the wider public.
Rachel was awarded a CBE in 2015, and was made a Dame for services to economic policy and education in 2021. She also served as President of the Royal Economic Society from 2019-20, becoming the first female President in over 35 years and only the second woman to hold the post in the Society’s 129-year history.
Speaking about her recognition from Keele University, Rachel said, "I am honoured to be receiving a Doctorate in Letters from Keele. It is a nice recognition of the importance of my work with colleagues at the Institute for Fiscal Studies on how policy can be better design to both protect the most vulnerable in society and encourage productivity growth. I hope it will help to inspire a greater diversity of young people to consider studying economics and to contribute to shaping a better society."