Four of LSE's leading academics have had their expertise and service rewarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Nobel Prizewinner Professor Christopher Pissarides, Professor David Metcalf and Professor John Hills have been knighted for their services to economics, UK migration policy and social policy respectively.
Professor Judith Rees has been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to higher education.
Christopher Pissarides is the Professor of Economics at LSE and a Fellow of the British Academy, whose research interests focus on several topics of macroeconomics, notably labour, economic growth and economic policy.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010 for his highly influential work on search costs in labour markets. This highlighted the ways in which unemployment, job vacancies and wages are affected by regulation and economic policy and has influenced policy-making across the world.
David Metcalf is an Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at LSE and has been Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee since its formation in 2007. He has helped to ensure a balanced national debate on immigration issues and inspired the US and Australia to set up similar models. An expert in labour economics, he has made important contributions to the Low Pay Commission (he had a leading role in setting the initial rate for the minimum wage) and the Senior Salaries Review Body. He also works unpaid as a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.
John Hills is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. He chaired the Government's independent review on fuel poverty, which will help target assistance at those who need it most, with a long-lasting impact through quality of life improvements for some of the most vulnerable in society. This followed his reviews of social housing and the pension system, both resulting in fundamental reforms for which he has been a notable advocate.
Judith Rees is Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and former Director of LSE, has been at the forefront of research on environmental issues. She acts as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, and has advised the World Bank and other multinational organisations. She is the first woman to be elected President of the Royal Geographical Society.
LSE alumni who also received honours:
Susan Anderson(MPhil Social Administration 1986) awarded an OBE for services to employment relations;
Gorande Bhatt (1982) awarded an MBE for services to the communities in Harrow and Wembley, North West London;
Norma Brier (MSc Social Policy & Administration 1972) awarded an OBE for services to children and people with learning disabilities;
Neil McIntosh (MSc Industrial Relations & Personnel Management 1969) awarded a CBE for services to education;
James Mutton (BSc Economics 1971) awarded an OBE for services to further education;
Professor John Scott (BSc Sociology 1972) awarded a CBE for services to social Science;
Srabani Sen (BSc Economic History 1984) awarded an OBE for services to children and family;
Dr Mary Stiasny (BSc Sociology 1971) awarded an OBE for services to higher education;
Dorothy Thompson (MSc Economics 1985) awarded a CBEfor services to the UK electricity Industry;
Teresa Tunnadine (BSc Geography 1974) awarded a CBE for services to education;
Adrian Winstanley (BSc Social Policy & Administration 1991) awarded an OBE for services to international arbitration.