The ESCoE leadership and management team is based at NIESR, including the Centre Director and two Co-Directors.
Rebecca Riley is the Director of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), created to provide the Office of National Statistics (ONS) with expert research for measuring the modern economy. The Centre is based at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and is run as a partnership with other organisations. Rebecca’s research interests include employment, productivity, the UK economy and policy evaluation. She has 20 years of experience as an applied economist using economic statistics and other data to contribute to the UK economics discourse. She has led numerous research projects for government departments and funding councils. She led NIESR’s UK economy forecast for a number of years and more recently the Institute’s work on productivity and structural economics. Rebecca has also acted as an external advisor to UK Trade & Investment, the Department for Work and Pensions and the ONS. She is a member of the Centre for Macroeconomics and the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies. Her research is published in peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and the Economic Journal.
Sylaja Srinivasan is the ESCoE’s Operational Co-Director, seconded from the Bank of England, where she managed the Money and Credit Group in the Data and Statistics Division and was responsible for the Bank’s money and credit statistics and releases, and co-produced the Bank’s quarterly Credit Conditions Review publication. Prior to this she was on the forecast team producing the Bank’s GDP and inflation forecasts and before that worked on the UK labour market and conducted research on productivity issues where she has jointly authored papers with Nick Oulton and Charles Hulten. Before joining the Bank of England in 2001, Sylaja was a lecturer in applied econometrics at the University of Southampton. She has a PhD from the University of Maryland.
Richard J. Smith is the ESCoE’s Academic Co-Director and Emeritus Professor of Econometric Theory and Economic Statistics at the University of Cambridge. He has held chairs at the Universities of Cambridge, Warwick and Bristol. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Econometric Society and Journal of Econometrics, Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, was an Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick 2008-13 and held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2003-6. He is a member of the G.S.S. Methodogy Advisory Panel and past member of the ONS Academic Econometric Panel. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Council of the Royal Economic Society. He has held Visiting Professors at many institutions including Yale University, Berkeley, Université de Montréal, CREST-INSEE, Paris, and the University of Melbourne. He is Managing Editor of The Econometrics Journal published by the Royal Economic Society, an Advisory Board member and past Co-editor of Econometric Theory and past Associate Editor of Econometrica. He has published extensively in leading international economics and statistics journals including Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Biometrika and Journal of the American Statistical Association
The Centre Manager is Jessica Law whose responsibilities include events, invoicing and travel.
We are supported by the NIESR communications team and the NIESR administrative support team including finance, HR and management support.
Professors and Directors from each of the six partnering organisations contribute to the leadership of the ESCoE, thus involving a further four management team members: Prof. Mary O’Mahony (King’s), Hasan Bakhshi (Nesta), Prof. James Mitchell (WBS) and Prof. Graeme Roy (Strathclyde).