Profile: Professor Tony Travers

We welcome Professor Travers to Morley College to our first Penny Lecture of the academic year, entitled The London Boroughs at 50, on Friday 18 September. Here we find out more about his career.

Tony Travers is director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include public finance, local/ regional government and London government. 

In 2012-13, he chaired the London Finance Commission and is currently a member of the City Growth Commission. He has recently been an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network.

He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy and also of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation. He was a Senior Associate of the King’s Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Audit Commission. He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance.

He chaired the Waltham Forest Growth Commission (2013-14) and was a member of the Mayor of London’s Tottenham Task Force (2011-12).

He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.

Currently, he is writing a history of the London boroughs. He also broadcasts and writes for the national press.

Professor Travers will be delivering the Penny Lecture The London Boroughs at 50 on Friday 18 September at 18:00, doors open at 17:30.

We welcome Professor Travers to Morley College to our first Penny Lecture of the academic year, entitled The London Boroughs at 50, on Friday 18 September. Here we find out more about his career.

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