Professor Julia Black CBE PBA elected as the tenth Warden of Nuffield College

13 Dec 23

Professor Julia Black CBE PBA elected as the tenth Warden of Nuffield College

We are delighted to announce the election of Professor Julia Black CBE PBA as the next Warden of Nuffield College. Julia will take up the role in September 2024 following the retirement and twelve-year Wardenship of Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE. The fellows, students, and staff of Nuffield College are thrilled to welcome Julia.

Julia is currently Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, where she is also Strategic Director of Innovation, and previously held posts as Interim Director and as Pro Director of Research. Her main area of academic research is the dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory systems, which she has used to advise policy makers and consumer and regulatory bodies over many years.  She is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, where she completed her BA and DPhil degrees in Jurisprudence, and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls, so while Nuffield is new to her, Oxford is not! 

Julia was elected the 31st President of the British Academy in 2021, a role she will continue to hold until July 2025.  She is also an external member of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Committee and its SONIA Oversight Committee, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology. 

In 2017 she co-founded Zinc, a mission-based incubator for the social sciences, where she is currently Director.  She is also a Trustee and member of the Board of Governors at the Courtauld Institute and an Honorary Bencher at Gray’s Inn.

This rich breadth of scholarship and public policy engagement makes Julia an outstanding Warden-elect, who will advance Lord Nuffield’s aspiration for the College he founded to act as a bridge between the academic and non-academic worlds.

We very much look forward to welcoming Julia to Nuffield College in September 2024.

“I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as the next Warden of Nuffield, and particularly proud to be the College’s first female Warden.  I am looking forward to working with the whole College community to enhance Nuffield’s leading role in the social sciences, to make a positive contribution to society and to develop further the diversity and inclusivity of the college.”

Julia Black

“Professor Julia Black has an outstanding record of academic achievement, professional leadership and public policy engagement. We are delighted that she has accepted election to the Wardenship at Nuffield College and confident she will make a singular contribution in this role.  Along with our colleagues, we are eagerly looking forward to working with her to further Nuffield’s contributions to research and training in the social sciences.”

Desmond King and Margaret Meyer, Co-chairs of the Electoral Body


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