(Emilija did her UG and MSc at Nottingham and is now doing her PhD).
As my main (yet not only) area of interest is Development Economics, I belong to the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT). My research focus is primarily on fiscal effects of aid, and incorporates a fairly wide range of studies, from assessing the effects of health aid in a panel of lower and middle income countries, to case studies looking at effects of aid on taxation in East African economies using applied time-series techniques, such as co-integration analysis. I also love teaching, so I tutor several undergraduate modules as Graduate Teaching Assistant. Doing a PhD in Nottingham opened quite a few interesting doors: I have participated at a Summer School in Copenhagen, and (being an ESRC - funded student) spent three months in Edinburgh working for the Scottish Government, among other exciting opportunities.
The social environment, both within the School and the University, provides enough opportunities to further one's interests outside academia. Being a very international team, we (the PhD group) cook with the Italians, bake with the British, go on wine tastings, cricket matches, concerts, etc., and partake in charity runs with other staff. I also lived in one of the residence halls on campus as a resident tutor, which, among other things, introduced me to people from outside the School of Economics, leading to a healthier balance of conversation during the day. At the end of the day, you get what you put in to it (and, actually, much more).