Tony Travers is Director of British Government @ LSE, a programme to promote and develop research on British Government at the London School of Economics. He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department and co-director of LSE London.
His key research interests include public finance, local/regional government and London government. Tony Travers has 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.
In 2012-13, Professor Travers chaired the London Finance Commission and is currently a member of the City Growth Commission. He was a Senior Associate of the Kings 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.
Professor Tony Travers 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.
A regular media commentator on issues affecting local government, he also writes for the national press.
As a keynote speaker, his specialist topics include: Politics, Local/Regional Government, Social Responsibility and Public Finance.