Professor Jagjit ChadhaThe School would like to congratulate Jagjit Chadha on his appointment as the Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), with effect from May this year.

Jagjit Chadha is currently a Professor in the School of Economics and Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College. He has held previous academic posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Southampton and St Andrews and has also worked as an economist at the Bank of England and BNP Paribas.  Throughout his career he has been a commentator and researcher on a wide range of macro-economic policy issues.

NIESR aims to promote, through quantitative and qualitative research, a deeper understanding of the interaction of economic and social forces that affect people’s lives, and the ways in which policies can improve them. The Institute is based in central London and has provided impartial research on a range of topics since 1938 when it was set up using charitable funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust among others. Recent Directors have included Andrew Britton, Martin Weale and Jonathon Portes.

Jagjit will continue to be involved with the School during his appointment, including supervising his postgraduate students, and we would like to wish him the very best of luck in this new post.   Jagjit says: "I have myself benefitted from a wonderful education from my own time at Kent and hope to stay in close touch with my many excellent colleagues."

Read the NIESR’s news release here.