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Jonathan Portes joins the Department of Political Economy

Posted on 20/01/2017
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Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe, has joined the School of Politics and Economics and the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London.

Professor Portes’ expertise covers a wide range of economic policy issues, including migration, labour markets, skills, poverty and international development, and international economic and financial issues. His current research concentrates on issues related to immigration and labour mobility within the European Union (EU) and outside, including the economic implications of Britain’s exit from the EU. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK in a Changing Europe, a programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which promotes independent and objective research into the complex and changing relationship between the UK and the European Union.

Professor Portes was previously at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) – Britain’s longest established independent research institute, where he served as Director from 2011 to 2015.  Before that he was a senior civil servant, serving as Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office and the Department of Work and Pensions. 

He is the author of the book 50 Capitalism Ideas You Really Need to Know, regularly publishes articles in the UK and international press, and comments frequently in the print and broadcast media. His recent academic publications include the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics article on labour mobility in the EU, an influential paper on fiscal policy rules, and a number of journal articles on immigration and free movement

Professor Jeremy Jennings, Head of School and Professor of Political Theory, said: ‘We are delighted that Jonathan Portes is joining the School and the Department of Political Economy, and look forward to working with him.’

‘As a School, we are determined to make a major contribution to public policy debates and there could be no better person than Jonathan to contribute to this initiative,’ said Professor Jennings.

Professor Mark Pennington, Head of Department, said: ‘Understanding the relationship between public policy and economics is central to the interdisciplinary enterprise that is political economy and few people have done more work in this vital space than Jonathan Portes. Myself and my colleagues are thrilled by Jonathan's appointment to the Department of Political Economy.’

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Professor Portes. He can be reached through his King’s College London email jonathan.portes@kcl.ac.uk. You can keep up with his media appearances and published works by following him on Twitter @jdportes.

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