The British Academy has today announced that its next president from July 2013 will be Nicholas Stern, I.G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government and chair of a number of research centres at London School of Economics and Political Science.
Welcoming the news, Professor Judith Rees CBE, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, said:
“I am extremely happy that the UK’s premier institution for the humanities and social sciences has elected Nicholas Stern to lead it.
Nick has a very distinguished career not only in the academic study of economics but also its application at the highest levels in organisations such as the World Bank and in Her Majesty’s Treasury. While he is perhaps known best for his work on climate change, Nick has an outstanding research record in public policy and development economics spanning more than 40 years.
It is a great privilege for LSE to have the president of the British Academy among its staff, and it is appropriate that Nick delivered our prestigious Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures earlier this year. I am personally very pleased about Nick’s election, and I am sure he will bring not only his tremendous intellect to the role but also his vast experience, sheer commonsense and good humour.
The humanities and social sciences, as well as higher education in general, face some very important challenges and I am sure that we will be in a better position to meet them with Nick leading the British Academy in the UK and abroad."
The British Academy has also announced that it has elected LSE's Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, as one of its 38 new Fellows. British Academy Fellowships are awarded to highly distinguished academics who are recognised for outstanding research in their field.