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The Economic Policy Centre (EPC) deliver independent research and policy advice to a range of stakeholders.

Core research

The EPC provides a range of services to local businesses and government departments.

Northern Ireland model development

  • Development of an NI forecasting model. A range of key economic indicators alongside commentary is published in a biannual basis within the Centre's outlook reports.
  • The development of a local government economic forecasting model for the 11 council areas in Northern Ireland, which cascades from the Northern Ireland model.
  • The model includes a range of economic indicators.

Sponsor research

The EPC has a range of sponsors we work closely with them to develop their business models.

Below is a list of some of our sponsors and the recent research we have provided for them.

Government Departments
Department for the Economy (DfE)
  • Skills
  • Competitiveness
  • Corporation tax benefits
  • National Living wage
Department of Finance (DoF)
  • Corporation tax costing
  • Derelict land tax
  • Small business rates relief
  • Air connectivity
Invest NI
  • Sub-regional economic development
Local Government
Belfast City Council
  • Local forecasting
  • Brexit considerations
  • Land use analysis
  • Economic impact studies
Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Local forecasting
  • Economic modelling of Community Plan Ambition
  • Brexit considerations
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
  • Local forecasting
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
  • Local forecasting
Ulster University
  • Ulster University medical school
  • Response to Programme for Government 2017 (PfG)
Private Sector
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
  • Economic impact studies


The EPC is educating and developing the next generation of economic policy makers through teaching at the Ulster University Business School including:

  • Regional Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Regional Economics: Understanding the Northern Ireland Economy
  • Industrial placement supervision
  • PhD supervision