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Judith Rees

Judith Rees (1974)

Dame Judith Anne Rees, DBE (born 26 Aug 1944,[1] Nottingham) was Interim Director of London School of Economics and Political Science from May 2011 until September 2012 following the resignation of Sir Howard Davies from the position on 3 March 2011 following concern over the institution's decision to accept funding from a foundation controlled by the Libyan leader's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and over the LSE Libya Links. She was replaced by Professor Craig Calhoun who was appointed in November 2011.


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
    • Awards 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4


Rees attended Bilborough Grammar School in Nottingham. She then went on to study Economics at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1965. She completed her MPhil and PhD also at the University of London.[2]


Rees joined LSE in 1969 as a Lecturer in Geography. Her main research interests include climate change and the governance of environmental resources and risk.[3]

In the early 1990s she was the Dean of Geography and pro-vice chancellor at the University of Hull. She then became Head of Geography and Deputy Director of LSE until 2004.[4]

Rees is also Chair of the LSE's Grantham Institute on Climate Change, a board member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and the International Scientific Advisory Council (ISAC),[5] a director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy,[6] and a Member of the Dutch national research programmes on Climate changes Spatial Planning (CcSP) and "Knowledge for Climate" (KfC). Formerly, she acted as an adviser to the World Bank on water privatisation.[7]

From May 2011 until September 2012, Rees was the acting Director of the London School of Economics. She is currently the President of the Royal Geographical Society.


Rees was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to higher education.[8]

Personal life

She is married to David Jones, Professor Emeritus at LSE.


  1. ^ "Birthdays".  
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 7 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Judith Rees' page at LSE's Geography Department". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Judith Rees' Staff page at the Grantham Institute –". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Judith Rees – Research Experts". 2 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Judith Rees' page at Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Judith Rees' page". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 7. 15 June 2013.
Educational offices
Preceded by
Howard Davies
Director of the London School of Economics
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
Craig Calhoun
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