2021 Deane-Stone Lecture: Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Wednesday, 21 July, 2021 - 17:30 to 19:00

NIESR is delighted to be re-launching the Deane-Stone Lecture with guest speaker Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the UK’s National Statistician. The lecture will focus on the importance of economic measurement.

The Deane-Stone lecture has a long and distinguished history at NIESR, with Sir Richard Stone (1913–1991) awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1984 for his work on the development of systems of national accounts. Much of this work was published jointly by ourselves and the Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge.  Professor Phyllis Deane also worked at NIESR from 1941-1945 in the field of economic history and measurement, leaving to join the Colonial Office where she remained until 1949.  She was a former president of the Royal Economic Society (1980-1982) and Professor of Economic History at Cambridge University.

Past speakers at this lecture have included Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta (2010), Sir Tony Atkinson (2008), Professor Kenneth Wallis (2005), Professor Vitor Gaspar (2003) and Professor Arnold Zellner (2001).


About Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Professor Sir Ian Diamond became the UK’s National Statistician in October 2019. The UK National Statistician is the principal adviser on official statistics to the UK Statistics Authority and the Government, Head of the Government Statistical Service and the Government Analysis Function and a member of the UK Statistics Authority Board as Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary.

 Sir Ian, who was knighted in 2013 for his services to social science and higher education, was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen until 31 July 2018.  Diamond has authored or co-authored seven books and government reports, contributed to a further 34, and authored over 100 academic papers. In 2016 he led a review of University finance in Wales which was commissioned by the Welsh Government, which recommended that grants towards tuition fees should be replaced with support for living costs instead. He is also a NIESR Governor.