Julian Le Grand

Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics

Julian Le Grand has been the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics since 1993. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing Street as Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is a Founding Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and a Trustee of the Kings Fund.

In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Sussex. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently Chairman of Health England: the National Reference Group for Health and Well Being for the UK Department of Health. He is also a member of the Group of Societal Policy Analysts advising the President of the European Commission. In 2007 he was Chairman of the Social Work Practices Working Group for the UK Department for Children, Families and Schools.

As well as these positions, he has acted as an Adviser to the European Commission, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the OECD, HM Treasury, the UK Department of Work and Pensions and the BBC. He has been Vice-Chairman of a major teaching hospital, a Commissioner on the Commission for Health Improvement, and a Non-Executive Director of several health authorities. He has served on many National Health Service working parties, on several think-tank commissions and on two grants boards for the Economic and Social Research Council.

He is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books, and has written more than one hundred refereed journal articles and book chapters on economics, philosophy and public policy. His book, Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens (Oxford University Press, 2006), was described by the Economist as ‘short, accessible - and profound’. He was one of Prospect magazine’s 100 top British public intellectuals, and one of the ESRC’s ten Heroes of Dissemination.

He is one of the principal architects of the UK Government’s current public service reforms introducing choice and competition into health care and education. He writes regularly for the national and international press. He also appears frequently on television and radio, including the Today Programme, The World at One, The World Tonight and The Politics Show. He has been several times a member of Radio 4’s Any Questions panel and has presented editions of Radio 4’s Analysis and BBC 2’s The Big Idea.

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