News & events

Net-zero emissions possible with mix of climate policies

The global community has been baffled by how to mitigate climate change since there is little agreement on how to act on something that requires stringent emission reductions. "The answer lies in a mix of climate policies, that if followed, will lead us toward the EU’s zero-emission targets, says University of Victoria climate economist," Dr. Felix Pretis, co-author of a new paper published in Nature Energy.

Welcome new faculty!

The Department is very excited to welcome new faculty members this fall: Dr Paola Beneras Peñaherrera, Dr Colette Salemi, Dr Tao Wang, Dr Jason Hicks and post doctoral student Abubakr Ayesh. We look forward to them sharing their energy, expertise and enthusiasm with students, staff and colleagues alike.

Economics Annual Award Ceremony 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 UVic Economics Department Award Winners! Sean Wilson – awarded the Economics Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship ($1200) for top academic performance in fourth year Economics courses Maryjane Brown – awarded the Ken Avio Honours Prize ($100) for best honours thesis Sina Seyed Ali – awarded the Colin Jones Prize ($100) for academic excellence in the study of Canadian public policy Delphis Lamarche – awarded the Leonard Laudadio Prize ($100) for academic excellence in the study of environmental economics

3 First Year Economics Students Win Prestigious (VKURA) REAL Internships

Congratulations to Luca Gaffney, Sam Shipley and Colton Clarke on being chosen to participate in the summer 2022 REAL Internship program. These internships provide students with “hands-on” experiences with research leading to development of future careers in government, industry, community and higher education (graduate studies). Students will gain experience working within a research environment that is collaborative and collegial with direct support from a faculty mentor.

2022 Economics Honours Symposium

Join us on April 21 & 22 for the 2022 Economics Honours Symposium. On April 21st, the presentations will be from 10:00am to 11:30am, then again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. On April 22nd, the presentations will be from 10.00am to Noon. Each Honours student will have 20 minutes for their presentation, which will be followed by a period of questions from the audience. LOCATION: David Strong Building, Room C116

Info session: M.S. Economics & Finance at UC Santa Cruz

The UC Santa Cruz Economics Department cordially invites you and your students to an informational session series regarding their master's program. The M.S. Applied Economics & Finance program is a one-year program that provides analytical graduate training designed to prepare students for careers in business, international and domestic banking, consulting firms, government, and nonprofit organizations. The program focuses on advanced econometrics techniques, statistical software packages and large-scale financial and microeconomic datasets. For those interested in learning more, please RSVP to attend the info session on Monday, January 24th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm PT

Congratulations Spring 2021 Graduates!

Dear 2021 Econ Graduates, Congratulations on successfully completing your degree! We are very proud of all the hard work you have put into this achievement during your time at UVic! With the help of some of your instructors, we have created a slideshow to celebrate the graduating class of 2021. Best of luck with your future endeavours, we can't wait to see what you'll achieve!

Sam Seshadri wins 2021 3M National Student Fellowship

Undergraduate Economics student Samuel Seshadri has been chosen as a 2021 3M National Student Fellow winner. Congratulations to Sam on this amazing achievement! More than 50 impressive applications from across Canada were adjudicated this year before Sam was selected as a final ten fellows for 2021 by the President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The complete list of 2021 cohorts can be found on the STLHE website.

Call for Submissions: Bank of Canada - CEA Undergraduate Poster Sessions

A poster session that showcases undergraduate student research will be take place via video-conference during the 55th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA). Current undergraduate students, or those who have graduated in the past year but have not yet begun their graduate studies, are encouraged to apply to participate. High-quality original research papers, in either French or English, focusing on any area of Economics will be considered.

Master of Science in Applied Economics - Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)

Are you interested in applying for your Master of Science in Applied Economics? Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed No.3 in Asia. The School of Social Sciences offers MSc in Applied Economics that aims to provide rigorous post graduate training in economics. The training is useful in both the private and public sectors, and in all facets of economic research activities. Our curriculum is unique for its focus on producing quantitative-oriented researchers and analysts with strong theoretical insights.

Gustavson Virtual Tax Clinic - volunteer opportunity for Econ students

Are you a UVic student interested in helping your community while also gaining valuable tax knowledge? If so, sign up to be a volunteer for this year’s Free Virtual Tax Clinic, put on by the Gustavson School of Business in partnership with the CRA. Through this program, volunteers help the community by offering free tax filing services to those who are unable to do so themselves. This program is a great way to get involved and gain a variety of different skills along the way! Every volunteer will participate in training sessions to become familiar with their roles and the tax filing software. The tax clinic will run from mid March to the end of April and once completed, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement!

UVic Economics students receive the Provost Award for Excellence at the 16th annual UVic Vikes Honour Roll Luncheon.

Congratulations, to UVic Vikes athletes Kate Martens (Golf) and Samuel Seshadri (Rowing). The two UVic Economics students received the Provost Award for Excellence during the 16th annual UVic Vikes Honour Roll (virtual) Luncheon.

FSS Identity Data and Systemic Racism Research Fellowships

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE IDENTITY DATA AND SYSTEMIC RACISM RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: As one initiative focused on the Faculty’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the Faculty of Social Sciences is creating two fellowships to support research that examines the use of identity data in academic and policy research to address systemic racism.

Lime Network opportunity for students with a disability

The Lime Network is a resource for university students with any kind of disability that impacts daily life (physical, sensory or mental health including ADD, dyslexia, depression, and medical conditions). Lime is hosting a networking reception in Vancouver on Thursday, October 24, 2019 to discuss co-ops/internships and full-time roles in a variety of fields.

Ke Xu and Pascal Courty in Shanghai for UVic/ECNU workshop on economics and management research

UVic Economics and the Gustavson School of Business co-organized the Sino-Canada Workshop on Economics and Management Research (April 15, 2019) with East China Normal University. Dr. Ke Xu’s presentation Stock Market Openness and Market Quality: Evidence from the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect Program followed the opening ceremony with Dr. Pascal Courty providing commentary on the industrial organization session and presenting The Impact of Variable Pricing, Dynamic Pricing, and Sponsored Secondary Markets in Major League Baseball.

feature photo

Expert Q&A with John Borrows on Indigenous health and economic prosperity

July 17, 2020

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at UVic, is a 2020 recipient of the Governor General's Innovation Award, announced today. Borrows talks about how Indigenous laws and protocols are helping to protect First Nations during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Indigenous laws and the new Canada-US-Mexico Agreement will provide a healthier and an economically stronger future for First Nations.

Read more: Expert Q&A with John Borrows on Indigenous health and economic prosperity
feature photo

Business grad beats the odds with tenacity, generosity—and big plans

June 7, 2017

Siyad Jama's journey to a BCom degree at UVic's Gustavson School of Business began when he stepped off the plane in Victoria for the first time in 2011. "I had no idea what to expect," he recalls. "It was all new to me—Canada, Victoria, UVic. I knew it was the warmest place in Canada, but coming from Kenya, even that meant something different."

Read more: Business grad beats the odds with tenacity, generosity—and big plans

For archive news older than July 2013, see the Economics News Archives.