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Lord Stern elected British Academy President

19 Jul 2012

Professor Lord Stern of Brentford was today elected as the next President of the British Academy. Nicholas Stern will succeed the current President, Sir Adam Roberts, in a year's time.

Lord Stern said: "I am honoured to have been elected President by the Fellows of the British Academy. The UK is fortunate in having world-class expertise in the humanities and social sciences with a vital part to play in understanding and tackling the many challenges faced in this country and the world as a whole. Further, these subjects are essential both to the quality of life and to the understanding of the reality and the potential, of individuals and societies. I look forward to working with the Fellows and staff of the Academy – the national leader for these disciplines – to advance the interests of outstanding scholarship and research, and to demonstrate their value and importance."

Lord Stern is a leading British economist and academic who was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1993. Since 2007 he has been the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, and also Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. He has taught and researched at universities around the world including Oxford, Warwick, MIT, the College de France and the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, the People's University of China and the Indian Statistical Institute. He was knighted for "services to economics" in 2004.

He has made a major contribution to the economics of public policy and to development economics. As head of the Government Economic Service, he led the ground-breaking Stern Review on the economics of climate change, published in 2006, which has had great influence around the world. He has been Chief Economist of the EBRD and of the World Bank and has served as adviser to governments, businesses and NGOs in many countries and as Second Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury. He is Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the British Museum.

Lord Stern will take up office as the Academy's 29th President in July 2013, joining a roll that includes many major figures in the academic and public life of the UK, including the Earl of Balfour, Lord Robbins, Sir Isaiah Berlin and Baroness Onora O'Neill. He will be the first President from the LSE since Lord Robbins in 1962.

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