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Henry Overman made OBE in King’s birthday honours

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Congratulations to Henry Overman, Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, and Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, who has who has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2024.

Professor Overman has been made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to local growth.

Professor Overman, who is also Research Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, is renowned for his work on the causes and consequences of spatial disparities.

He helped lead the Economy 2030 Inquiry, a joint initiative between CEP and the Resolution Foundation, which outlined a new economic strategy that builds on Britain’s strengths as a services superpower, prioritises public and private investment, expands its great cities, and ensures good work in every town.

His work to develop improved appraisal and evaluation methods for considering the impact of polices on local economic growth has helped support better-informed policy design and decision-making.

Commenting on the award, Professor Overman said: “This award recognises work from many collaborations developed over my 30 years at the LSE. This would not have been possible without the support of colleagues at the LSE, the Department of Geography and Environment, and the Centre for Economic Performance. The team at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, a partnership with Centre for Cities, has helped make sure the work is useful to, and used by, policymakers in local and central government. I am grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council and other funders who have supported much of my research.”