Julia Black

Strategic Director of Innovation

Professor Julia Black CBE


Professor Julia Black CBE FBA is Strategic Director for Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She was previously the Pro Director for Research (2014-2019) and from 2016-17 also served as LSE’s Interim Director.  She is currently leading on the implementation of the LSE’s 2030 Strategy, on LSE’s entrepreneurship and commercialisation activities, and led the development of the LSE’s PhD Academy and the School of Public Policy.   

Julia is also a Professor in the LSE’s Law Department and a Fellow of the British Academy.  Her primary research interest is in regulation with a specialisation in financial services regulation and in the regulation of risk.   Her research focuses on the dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory regimes, including transnational and other non-state systems.  She has published widely and advised a range of governmental and consumer bodies in the UK and overseas on issues of institutional design and regulatory policy.  She is a research associate of LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).
Julia has a number of non-executive and advisory roles outside LSE.  She is an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee at the Bank of England, which is the board of the UK’s banking and insurance supervisor, and an external member of the SONIA Oversight Committee, also at the Bank of England.  She is a member of the board of UK Research and Innovation, which is responsible for managing £6bn funding for research within the UK.   She was also a member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority from Jan 2014- Dec 2018, and chaired its Policy Committee.   

Julia is also a member of the Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on science and technology policy issues across government.

To get in touch with Julia, please contact her Executive Assistant, Emma Davies on E.Davies1@lse.ac.uk or (0)20 7955 6285.