Research themes and topics

The Bank of England research agenda is centred on five themes, and a set of topics that we update twice a year.


Currently, 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:
PDFOne Bank Research Agenda 

Research topics for 2018 H2

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 second half of 2018 are:

  • Supervisory tools, communication and behaviour, and their interaction with firms’ 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 and experimental methods to understand the economy, the financial system, the impact of central bank policies and their communication, including household and firm micro data, trade repository data and regulatory data.

  • The effects of post-crisis regulatory reforms (including the new resolution regime) and technological change (including fintech) on the financial system, market-based finance, central bank policies, and the future regulatory landscape.

  • 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. 

  • Heterogeneity, distributional issues, structural change and the interplay with central bank policies.

  • The monetary policy toolkit, including central bank balance sheets, the interplay with prudential policies and the consequences of a low for long environment.
This page was last updated 15 August 2018
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