CEPR’s research is conducted by a network of over 700 researchers who retain their academic bases. The Centre helps these Fellows and Affiliates develop and obtain funding for research, administer and execute these projects and disseminate the results of the research.
CEPR’s research is carried out under the auspices of seven Programme Areas led by Programme Directors who guide and develop their respective research agendas. Researchers also collaborate through Initiatives, such as the Economic History Initiative
Each programme area consists of a number of individual research projects of varying size and description.
Within the overall CEPR network, a number of smaller Networks, operate, each focusing on a particular research topic, see how a research network operates (pdf 45k). Researchers also collaborate through “Working Groups” — ad hoc groups of researchers who work on particular topics. Working groups include the Macroeconomics of Global Interdependence (MGI) and Science Innovation and Growth (SING)
What does CEPR Do?
The Centre provides common services for its researchers and for the users of its research, and it obtains funding for the activities it develops. In particular, CEPR:
- Develops projects and obtains funding for them: The Centre’s Research Fellows approach CEPR with ideas for research initiatives and projects, for which funding is required. The Centre’s staff work with the Research Fellows to develop the project, both in terms of its scientific content, administrative arrangements and budget. CEPR then approaches potential funders, who range from charitable foundations to government departments and central banks.
- Disseminates the results of the research: Once the research nears completion, the Centre also disseminates the key results of the research to a wide audience in the private sector and the policy community. This dissemination takes place both through publications and meetings. Highlights of the Centre’s research are disseminated through the Centre’s bi-monthly newsletter, European Economic Perspectives, which is distributed to individuals in the private sector and the policy community. CEPR also produces a wide range of reports, books and conference volumes each year. Research results are also presented at public meetings. The Centre organize over 20 lunchtime meetings and briefings a year, predominantly in London, but also in other major European cities such as Bonn, Brussels, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and Vienna.
- Administers and executes the projects: Once funding has been obtained for the project, the Centre administers the grant on behalf of the Research Fellow(s) concerned, and takes responsibility for reporting to the donors on the activities undertaken and expenditures incurred under the grant. In order to carry out the research, it is often necessary for the researchers concerned to meet with other members of the project in order to discuss and compare their research results. CEPR therefore organizes over 50 research workshops and conferences annually, for its Research Fellows in order to advance the research. The Centre also distributes the results of this research in the first instance through its Discussion Paper series. These Discussion Papers are circulated widely to other specialists in the research community so that the results of the research receive prompt and thorough professional scrutiny. The Centre produces about 280 Discussion Papers each year. The key results in each are also reported in the quarterly CEPR Bulletin, which circulates to members of the academic and policy communities.