Congratulations to CEPR Research Fellow Henry Overman, who was awarded an OBE in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours List. The King’s Birthday Honours celebrate the extraordinary contributions and services of the people across the UK.

Henry Overman, who is a professor of economic geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Director at the Centre for Economic Performance, has been a CEPR Research Fellow in the International Trade and Regional Economics programme since 2000. He was also appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for the Spatial Disparities and Policy RPN in 2021. He currently serves as Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth.

Overman was awarded an OBE due to his services to local growth and his ongoing contributions to research on the causes and consequences of spatial disparities, the impact of urban and regional policy and the economics of housing and transport. He also helped lead the Economy 2030 Inquiry, a joint initiative between CEP and the Resolution Foundation to outline a new economic strategy based on Britain's pre-existing strengths.

In the official statement released by LSE, Henry Overman thanked his colleagues and the team at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth who 'helped make sure the work is useful to, and used by, policymakers in local and central government'. You can read the full statement released by the London School of Economics and Political Science here.

Congratulations once again to Henry Overman for this incredible achievement!