Anna is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE.


Anna Valero is a Distinguished Policy Fellow and Director of the Growth Programme at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, Deputy Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID), and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute, LSE. Her research is focused on the drivers of productivity and innovation in firms and regions. She also works on UK policy more broadly, with a focus on identifying and realising sustainable and inclusive growth opportunities in the transition to Net Zero.

Anna was a member of the Steering Group of the Economy 2030 Inquiry, a Research Director for the LSE Growth Commission and a Commissioner for the RSA-Core Cities UK Urban Futures Commission. She has held a number of advisory positions, including currently as a member of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s advisory panel, the government’s Green Jobs Delivery Group, and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Economic Advisory Council. Previously Anna was a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Anna obtained a PhD in Economics at the LSE in 2018. Previously, she worked at Deloitte, where she qualified as an ACA.

Research interests

  • Productivity, innovation and sustainable growth
  • Management practices
  • Higher education and skills
  • Industrial policy
  • Business microdata


Research - 2021


Policy - 2024

A collection of essays authored by academics from universities across the UK that explores a range of topics often featured in public and policy discussion on climate change, with the aim of bringing together clear evidence setting out the reality of climate change in the UK while dispelling common myths. Read more

Policy - 2023

Policy - 2022

Policy - 2021

Efforts are growing to quantify and characterise the ‘green economy’, and to identify opportunities to be seized and challenges to be overcome in the transition to net-zero. This report and accompanying policy brief shed light on the quantity and quality of current green labour markets, to inform policy action and future research. Read more

CCUS is necessary for the UK to reach its net-zero goals. This report assesses economic and potential employment opportunities and implications for the skills needed, as well as transferable strengths and capabilities from other sectors and barriers and enablers for CCUS growth in the UK. Read more

Policy - 2020

In advance of the Budget, this policy report highlights areas of the UK economy where the public sector could leverage private investment and in so doing contribute to achieving the strategic priorities of regionally balanced growth and decarbonisation. Read more


News - 2024

News - 2023

News - 2021

The UK government has delivered on its promise to publish a strategy for driving the country’s economy towards net-zero emissions by 2050. Esin Serin and Anna Valero write that the economy-wide Net Zero Strategy provides further proof of the UK’s ambition to lead on global climate action as it calls on other countries to follow suit. Read more

News - 2020

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