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Keele University gives Dame Rachel Griffith an honorary doctorate

15.7.2022 | The economist will receive a Doctorate of Letters for contributions to society
Dame Rachel Griffith, who is a professor of economics at the University of Manchester, has been made an honorary Doctor of Letters by Keele University, her alma mater. In a statement, Keele University says she was chosen for her “outstanding contribution to society”.

“I am honoured to be receiving a Doctorate in Letters from Keele,” Dame Rachel said in a press release from the University of Manchester. “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 designed to both protect the most vulnerable in society and encourage productivity growth.”

Dame Rachel is also the Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and her work centres on government policy, economic growth and the relationship with food and nutrition. For example, she has recently published work on the decrease in the number of people cooking their meals at home, and what that means for policies aimed at encouraging healthy eating. Another example of her recent work is an analysis of the minimum unit price on alcohol introduced in Scotland in 2018.

“I hope [the honorary doctorate] will help to inspire a greater diversity of young people to consider studying economics and to contribute to shaping a better society,” she added in the press release.

Dame Rachel was made Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in 2021 for services to economic policy and education. She was also the first female President of the European Economic Association, and the second ever woman to serve as President of the Royal Economic Society.
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