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Professor Julian Le Grand


Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993. He was awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year's Honours list for services to social sciences and public service.

From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing St to serves as Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.   In 2007 he was Chairman of the Social Work Practices Working Group for the UK Department for Children, Families and Schools. From 2007 to 2009 he was Chair of Health England: the National Reference Group for Health and Well Being for the UK Department of Health. From 2011 to 2013, he was Chair of the UK Cabinet Office's Mutuals TaskForce. In 2013 and 2014, he chaired the Panels reviewing Doncaster's and Birmingham's Children's Services for the Department for Education and wrote the Panels' reports.

As well as these positions, he has acted as an adviser to the President of the European Commission, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the OECD, HM Treasury, the UK Department of Work and Pensions and the BBC. He has been Vice-Chairman of a major teaching hospital and a non-executive director of several health authorities. He has served on on several think-tank commissions and on two grants boards for the Economic and Social Research Council.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Founding Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Trustee of the Kings Fund. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Sussex.   In 2012 he was awarded the Eupolis prize for Public Policy by the Eupolis Institute, Milan, and his submission for the Wolfson prize received ‘a special category' prize.

He is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books, and has written more than one hundred refereed journal articles and book chapters on economics, philosophy and public policy. He was listed as one of the Guardian's and Prospect’s top British public intellectuals.

He is a principal architect of the UK’s public service reforms, empowering users and introducing contestability into health care and education. His other policy innovations include the Pupil Premium Social Work Practices, and Patient Buets. He also appears frequently on television and radio, including Any Questions and the Today Programme.

For more details, see http://www.julianlegrand.net|

Recent publications

For a full list of Julian's publications, please see his LSE Research Online| page


Professor Julian Le Grand awarded a knighthood in the 2015 New Year's Honours list for services to social sciences and public service. 30 December 2014

Professor Julian Le Grand appointed to develop mutuals in the public sector. Part of the remit is to support: 'front line staff who can see how to do things better'. 3rd February 2011 (eGov Monitor - Web)|

Professor Julian Le Grand appointed to form public sector 'John Lewises'.
One of the Coalition's most radical and controversial reforms is the conversion of public service bodies into business-like mutuals run along similar lines to John Lewis. 3rd February 2011 (The Daily Telegraph|) 

Professor Julian Le Grand interviewed on reforms to the NHS 19th January 2011
(BBC News , BBC One)

Professor Julian Le Grand interviewed about plans for local councils to assume responsibility for public health 30th November 2010 (BBC Radio 4)

Professor Julian Le Grand comments on the Government Spending Review 21st October 2010 (Financial Times European pg 2)Professor Julian Le Grand on the implications for health in the CSR 20th October 2010 (Sky News)