LSE's Professor Tim Besley and Professor Richard Sennett have been recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours.
Tim Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science, was knighted for his services to economics and public policy.
Professor Besley, who is also the W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, previously served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from September 2006 to August 2009, and since 2015 has been a member of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission.
He studied at Oxford University and subsequently taught at Princeton before being appointed Professor in LSE's Department of Economics in 1995. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association. He is also the current president of the International Economic Association, and in 2018 will serve as the president of the Econometric Society
Professor Richard Sennett, Chair of the LSE Cities Programme and Centennial Professor of Sociology at LSE, was appointed OBE for services to design.
Professor Sennett has divided his time between New York University and LSE since the 1990s.
After graduating from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, he moved to New York where, in the 1970s he founded, with Susan Sontag and Joseph Brodsky, The New York Institute for the Humanities. Through his research and extensive writings, Professor Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts - about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do.
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Sennett generously said, "The real honours should go to the Cities Programme at LSE, where I did the work for which I've been recognised."
LSE would like to congratulate all our staff, former staff and former students who were recognised in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.
Alumni honoured include:
David Docherty OBE, PhD Sociology 1985 and MSc International Relations 1983, Order of the British Empire for services to Higher Education and Business.
Oliver Entwistle OBE, BSc Government 2005, Order of the British Empire for services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Civil Service.
Revel Guest-Albert OBE, Occasional Student 1954, Order of the British Empire for services to Literature.
Dawn Hill CBE, DSA Social Policy and Administration 1973 and DPM Industrial Relations 1974, Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Culture.
Donna Leong OBE, MPhil Economics 2003 and MSc Economics 1993, Order of the British Empire for services to Business.
Judith Sebba OBE, BSc Social Policy and Administration 1972, Order of the British Empire for services to Higher Education and to Disadvantaged Young People.
Marc Vlessing OBE, MSc International Relations 1983, Order of the British Empire for services to Housing Delivery.
Nicholas Woolf OBE, BSc Economics 1968, Order of the British Empire for services to the Charitable Sector in the UK and Abroad.