Professor Tim Besley to advise the Levelling Up agenda

04 Feb 2022

The Royal Economic Society is pleased to announce that current Royal Economic Society president Sir Tim Besley has been appointed to the UK Government’s Levelling Up Advisory Council.

The Professor of Economics and Political Science and W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will take part in implementing the strategies needed for the UK Levelling Up mission.

The government has recently released their Levelling Up White Paper which states the country’s missions to reduce inequality between regions in the UK, a goal they are hoping to achieve by 2030.

To reach this goal, the UK government has created a Levelling Up Advisory Council which consists of leaders of academia, industry and civil society who will advise Ministers on the design and delivery of the Levelling Up agenda.

The advisory group will also assist in ensuring how communities and regions, taking into account the country’s complex economic geography, can benefit from the Levelling Up strategy.

Professor Tim Besley welcomes this decision and looks forward to tackle on different key issues.

“There are significant and entrenched inequalities between and within regions of the UK that need urgently to be addressed. If we are to create sustainable change, policymakers will need to consider many factors, including infrastructure, education, healthcare, skills and housing. I am pleased to be contributing to the government’s work to address these key issues and look forward to the work ahead,” he stated.