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Lord Nick Stern of Brentford FBA

India; climate change; economic development and growth; economic theory; economics; government; public policy and the role of the state and economies in transition;tax reform
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About this Fellow

Lord Stern is a leading British economist and academic. 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 and Political Science. He has taught and researched at universities around the world including Oxford, Warwick, MIT, the Coll├Ęge 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 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. He has been President of the British Academy since 2013 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2014. 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.



Current post

  • IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics; Past President, British Academy

Past Appointments

  • University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, 1970 - 1977
  • Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, 1978 - 1987
  • Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1986 - 1997
  • Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 2000 - 2007
  • IG Patel Professor of Economics & Government, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 2007

British Academy Appointments

  • President, 2013 - 2017


Productivity, wages and nutrition J of Development Economics 1978

Palanpur: the economy of an Indian village 1982

The theory of taxation for developing countries 1987

A strategy for development: the World Bank 2002

The Stern Report on the Economics of Climate Change 2006

A Blueprint for a Safer Planet: How to manage climate change and create a new era of progress and prosperity 2009

Why Are We Waiting?: The logic, urgency and promise of tackling climate change 2015

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