Latest news and activity of SEEC

26th (EC)2 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre and Heriot-Watt University host the prestigious (EC)2 Conference (European Conferences of the Econom[etr]ics Community) in December 2015.

The topic is "Theory and Practise of Spatial Econometrics". For further details, follow this link.

Plenary Session at ENHR Conference (June 2015)

Arnab Bhattacharjee and Taps Maiti have been invited to give Plenary Lectures at the prestigious ENHR [European Network for Housing Research] Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, 28 June to 1 July 2015.

Consultancy Project for DECC (June 2015)

SEEC and CEERP joined AF-Mercados (which are part of the ÅF Group and world-leading technical consultants in the energy and utilities sectors) to initiate a project for the HM Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), providing external evaluation of DECC’s methodology for analysing correlated energy demand determinants.

Presentations by Arnab Bhattacharjee in May 2015

Arnab Bhattacharjee was invited to speak at Plenary sessions at the 14th International Workshop on Spatial Econometrics and Statistics in Paris and the 4th Economic Growth and Policy Conference (University of Durham, UK).

Exchange Programme between HWU and Michigan State University (April 2014)

SEEC initiated a second exchange programme for PhD students with Michigan State University (MSU), USA. Under the programme, Mark Wang will be visiting MSU in May 2015.

A new research centre (20 March 2015)

Mark Schaffer led the successful establishment of a new research centre: The Centre for Energy Economics Research and Policy (CEERP). CEERP is the latest evidence of the University’s commitment to research in energy, economics, and policy. For further information, see

Key publications in Spatial Economic Analysis (March 2015)

The paper "Understanding Interactions in Social Networks and Committees" by Arnab Bhattacharjee and Sean Holly was included in the list of "key" papers published in the first decade of the journal and made available free of charge by the journal.

The citation reads: "To mark the publication of the 10th volume of Spatial Economic Analysis , Editor Bernard Fingleton has selected a range of articles which have made substantive contributions; highlighting the Journal’s role as a source of innovation and excellence in spatial econometrics, economic geography and regional science. The chosen authors include some of the most authoritative and well known academics in their respective disciplines, and they have produced work that deserves a wider audience, hence the free electronic access. The papers ... have a strong empirical and methodological content, are in most cases underpinned by economic rationale and theory, and are rigorous, readable, topical and innovative, often with a significant policy and applied dimension. ... Above all, they are spatial and economic in orientation, as rightly befits a Journal entitled Spatial Economic Analysis . ... Potential authors may also view the papers as a guide to the kind of paper we would like to publish. "

"Understanding Interactions in Social Networks and Committees" (with S. Holly, University of Cambridge), 2013, Spatial Economic Analysis, 8(1), 23-53.

Lecture at Jean Paelinck Seminar (November 2014)

Arnab Bhattacharjee was invited to give the inaugural lecture at the 7th Jean Paelinck Seminar (Zaragoza, Spain, Nov 2014). The seminar is organised in honour of the “father of spatial econometrics”. The topic for the two-day seminar was “The Weighting Matrix: from social interaction to spatial and regional models”.

Invited session at Joint Statistical Meeting of the ASA (August 2014)

SEEC organised an invited session on “Economic and Financial Networks”, through a highly competitive bidding process, at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings of the American Statistical Association (Boston, USA), one of the most prestigious conferences in the world.

Exchange programme with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (March 2014)

SEEC initiated a unique exchange programme for PhD students in economics with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA. Up to 2 students will visit for a semester each year, from UIUC to HW and vice versa. Visiting students will be offered specialized courses here in HWU, and likewise our students will get specialized training in UIUC. Under the programme, Jan Ditzen will be visiting UIUC in May 2015.

Fellowship at the ASA and Institute of Mathematical Statistics (August 2013)

Taps Maiti was inducted Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2013. This is a truly unique honour.

Visiting positions of Professor Arnab Bhattacharjee (August 2013)

Arnab Bhattacharjee accepted several external academic appointments: Visiting Professor of Statistics, Michigan State University, USA, 2011; Visiting Professor of Planning, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 2014; Research Visiting Professor of Regional Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2014.

Revista Portuguesa de Estudios Regionais (August 2013)

Arnab Bhattacharjee was appointed to the Editorial Board of Revista Portuguesa de Estudios Regionais, the official journal of the Portuguese Regional Science Association, 2012.

Launch event (18 October 2013)

SEEC was formally launched in an event held at Heriot-Watt University on 18 October 2013.

American Statistical Association 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings

An invited session on "Spatial Analysis of Economic and Business Networks”, proposed by Arnab Bhattacharjee and Taps Maiti, has been accepted for the 2014 JSM Invited Program.

World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association (July 2013)

Prof Arnab Bhattacharjee and Achim Ahrens attended the VII World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association at Washington DC, USA, 10-12 July 2013 and presented papers. Prof Bhattacharjee organised an invited session on "Unknown or Endogenous Spatial Weights" at the Conference.