John Hills (academic)
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John Hills Academic
Sir John Robert Hills
Born (1954-07-29) 29 July 1954 (age 65)

Sir John Robert Hills, (born 29 July 1954) is a British academic. He is a professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics[1] and has been director of the ESRC Research Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion since 1997. His work has focused on inequality, and the role of social policy over the life course.


He was educated at Nottingham High School and Abingdon School. At Abingdon he was Head of Dayboys and won the St Catherine's prize for Intellectual Initiative, the Smith Chemistry prize and Ingham Physics Prize, in addition to English and Mathematics prizes.[2][1] Before going to Cambridge he conducted research at Euratom.[3] He studied at the University of Cambridge for his undergraduate degree, and at the University of Birmingham for his master's degree (MSocSc Economics, 1980).[4]


Hills has worked at the LSE since 1986, having previously held research posts at HM Treasury and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His appointment as Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) in 1997 coincided with the election of New Labour and a greater level of interest in issues around poverty and social exclusion.

He has taken part in a number of high-profile reviews for government. These have included

  • a review of fuel poverty in 2011;[5]
  • a 2010 report on inequality for the National Equality panel;[6] and,
  • a 2007 review of council housing entitled Ends and Means.[7]

Hills was one of three commissioners on the Pensions Commission. Among the most important reforms proposed by the Pensions Commission was a new type of non-state pension, which they called NPSS (National Pension and Savings Scheme). This is a pension scheme where people are 'auto-enrolled', and which has a compulsory employer contribution. This idea was later renamed as 'personal accounts' and is being introduced in 2012 in the form of the National Employment Savings Trust.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1998 New Year honours for services to social security analysis[8] and was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to social policy development.[9][10]

He is Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.[11] Currently he is one of the sub-panel members for the Research Excellence Framework in the field of social work and social policy & administration.[12]


He is married and enjoys fell walking.


  • Towards a More Equal Society?: Poverty, Inequality and Policy Since 1997 (The Policy Press, 2009: coeditor with T. Sefton and K. Stewart)
  • A More Equal Society: New Labour, poverty, inequality and exclusion (The Policy Press, 2005; coeditor with K. Stewart)
  • Inequality and the State (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Understanding Social Exclusion (Oxford University Press, 2002; co-editor with J. Le Grand and D. Piachaud)

See also


  1. ^ a b Alison Benjamin (2007-02-20). "Interview: social policy professor John Hills | Society". London: The Guardian. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Officers of the School" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  3. ^ "Visitors" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  4. ^ "Old Age : The University of Birmingham's Alumni Magazine" (PDF). 2013. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Hills Fuel Poverty Review - Department of Energy and Climate Change". Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Harriet Harman: Class holds you back more than gender". BBC News. 2010-01-21. Retrieved .
  7. ^ John Hills. "Ends and Means : The Future Roles of Social Housing in England" (PDF). Retrieved .
  8. ^ "New Year Honours | Order of the British Empire, Civil - OBE (part one)". BBC News. 1998-12-31. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 1.
  10. ^ "Birthday Honours List 2013" (PDF). HM Government. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "Fellows". Academy of Social Sciences.
  12. ^ "Social Policy". London School of Economics and Political Science.

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