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Research Clusters

Dear Community, fellow PhDs, 


On behalf of Rare Voices in Economics (formerly Women in Economics), we would like to bring your attention to an event that is jointly being organized by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), EPFL, The Graduate Institute, and the University of Lausanne (UNIL): inter-university, field-specific, Research Clusters. 



Many of us have been concerned about the lack of partnership between our institutions, especially when it comes to close by and similar institutions like IHEID, UNIGE and UNIL. In particular, a PhD survey circulated last year highlighted the issue of lack of collaboration with external researchers, opportunity to interact with peers, and difficulty of finding potential co-authors. The Women in Econ Leman group listened and decided to do something about it!



The aim of the Research Clusters is to increase long-term collaboration between PhD candidates with similar fields of research across the aforementioned universities and to provide a place where researchers can "explore complex subjects and grow ideas together". In this environment, PhD candidates can present their early research, brainstorm about future projects, identify potential co-authors, and interact with postdocs and faculty members with similar interests. Students from other universities who are interested in the project are also welcome to join (pending availability).


Where and when: The University of Geneva (UNIGE) will host the initial event the 30th of November from 16h15 to 19h00 to welcome PhD students, postdocs, and faculty members of participating institutions to meet and kick off the research clusters. Each research cluster will be run separately with activities to know the research group, foster the exchange of ideas, and encourage skill growth. A group session with all participants will be organized. Regular events will follow-up later depending on the need of each research cluster.

Cluster topics: 

  1. Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics; 

  2. Political Economy; 

  3. Labour and Public Economics; 

  4. Trade and International Economics; 

  5. Environmental Economics and Sustainable Finance; 

  6. Macroeconomics; and

  7. Econometrics. 

How to participate?

Please fill in the following survey indicating your name, affiliation, and interest to participate in your specific research cluster. 


We will try to keep the preparation on your side to a minimum,

further instructions will follow.

Please let us know your interest by 21th of November.



For any questions, please reach out to:

Women in Econ Léman,

(New: Rare Voices in Economics,

Eleonora Brandimarti, University of Geneva,

Orlando Zambrano Roman, IHEID,

Pietro Campa, University of Geneva,