Sir John Robert Hills
|Born||29 July 1954|
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 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. Before going to Cambridge he conducted research at Euratom. 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).
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
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 and was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to social policy development.
He is Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences. Currently he is one of the sub-panel members for the Research Excellence Framework in the field of social work and social policy & administration.
He is married and enjoys fell walking.