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New Year Honours at LSE

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LSE Professors Ricky Burdett, Nicola Lacey, Emeritus Professor Paul Cheshire and Dr John Hughes have all been recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours.

Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Sociology at LSE, has been an awarded a CBE for Services to Urban Design and Planning.

Trained as an architect, Professor Burdett is a globally-recognised authority in urban development and design, contemporary architecture, and the social and spatial dynamics of contemporary cities.

He joined LSE in 1997, where he was founding director of the Cities Programme. Since then he established LSE Cities, an international centre which explores the social and physical dynamics of cities, and runs the Urban Age programme.

He has had a wide range of advisory and consultancy roles, including as a commissioner on the UK government’s Airports Commission, as an adviser to the Mayor of London and as an adviser to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Nicola Lacey, School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, was awarded a CBE for Services to Law, Justice and Gender Politics.

From 1998 to 2010 she held a Chair in Criminal Law and Legal Theory at LSE. She returned to LSE in 2013 after spending three years as Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, and Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford.

She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford; a Fellow of the British Academy; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum. In 2011 she was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize by the University of Bern for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies.

Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, was awarded a CBE for Services to Economics and Housing.

In 2004 Professor Cheshire won the Royal Economic Society's Prize for the best paper in the Economic Journal and won the European Regional Science Association/European investment Banks prize for lifetime contribution to regional science research in 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and of the Weimer School.

Aside from his academic work he has spent time as an advisor and as a consultant for the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the UN and other international organisations as well as the UK government, including being a member of the Expert Panel for the Barker Review of the Planning system.

Dr John Hughes, a retired British diplomat and a current Professor in Practice in LSE IDEAS, has been awarded a CBE. He held diplomatic posts as Ambassador to Venezuela and Argentina in the course of a 35 year career in the diplomatic service, mainly in the Americas. In retirement he has been a Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Chair of Canning House, a Robin Humphreys Research fellow at London University and previously a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. Dr Hughes completed his undergraduate degree in LSE's International Relations department in the 1960s.

Also receiving an honour was long-serving former member of LSE staff, Professor John Van Reenen, awarded an OBE for services to economics and pubic policy making. Until summer 2016 Professor Van Renen was Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). He is currently Professor of Applied Economics at MIT and remains an associate at CEP.

LSE would like to congratulate all our staff, former staff and former students who were recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours.

LSE Alumni honoured:

Sarah Brennan OBE, MSc Voluntary Sector Organisation 1992, Order of the British Empire for services to children and young people’s mental health.

Matthew Coats CB, BSc Social Policy and Administration 1989, Companion of the Order of Bath for public service.

Tricia Dodd MBE, Occasional Student 1979, Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to statistics and research.

Roma Hooper OBE, MSC Social Policy and Administration 2001, Order of the British Empire for services to prisoners.

Ingrid Posen, BSc International Relations 1966, British Empire Medal for services to the community in North West London.