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Research themes and topics

​Our research agenda is centred on five themes, and a set of topics that we update twice a year.

The five themes are:

​Policy frameworks and interactions

Central bank policy frameworks and the interactions between monetary policy, macroprudential policy and microprudential policy, domestically and internationally.

Evaluating regulation, resolution and market structures

Evaluating regulation, resolution and market structures in light of the financial crisis and in the face of the changing nature of financial intermediation.

Policy operationalisation and implementation

Operationalising central banking: evaluating and enhancing policy implementation, supervision and communication.

New data, methodologies and approaches

Using new data, methodologies and approaches to understand household and corporate behaviour, the domestic and international macroeconomy, and risks to the financial system.

Response to fundamental change

Central bank response to fundamental technological, institutional, societal and environmental change.


You can read a more detailed description of each theme in our One Bank Research Agenda.

Research topics for 2017 H1

We particularly welcome interest from academics, researchers and experts to discuss and potentially collaborate with us on our research topics.

If you are interested in research at the Bank, you are encouraged to review the researcher homepages in the first instance and get in touch with researchers with similar interests to your own.  Alternatively, you may also fill in our contact form and a colleague will respond within a few weeks. If you have any further queries, please contact

The topics for the first half of 2017 are:

  • Supervisory tools, communication and behaviours, and the interaction with firms and their culture and behaviour, with particular interest in firm leading indicators or heuristics, and in psychological, sociological, behavioural, survey or experimental methods.
  • Macroprudential framework (including stress testing), instruments within and beyond the banking sector and transmission mechanisms, including coordination with monetary policy, microprudential policy and internationally.
  • Exploiting big data to understand the economy, the financial system and the role of uncertainty, with particular interest in text-based analysis, household and firm micro data, trade repository data and Solvency II data.
  • Technological and structural change in money, banking and financial markets, including digital currencies, innovation in financial services, market microstructure and operational resilience in payments.
  • Openness and fragmentation of the international economic system, consequences for financing, trade, supply and productivity, and associated distributional effects, including the medium and long term implications of Brexit.
  • Evaluating the effects of post-crisis regulatory reforms and fragmentation within the international regulatory framework, including the intended and unintended consequences of regulations on bank behaviour, market liquidity and financial markets, and the future regulatory landscape.
  • The future of the monetary policy toolkit, the Bank's balance sheet and monetary operations, including in a low for long environment.