About Grace Lordan

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Short bio

Dr Grace Lordan is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative and an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Grace is an economist and her research is focused on quantifying the benefits of inclusion within and across firms, as well as designing interventions that level the playing field for under-represented talent within firms.  Grace is an expert advisor to the UK government sitting on their skills and productivity board, is a member of the UK government’s BEIS social mobility taskforce and is on the Women in Finance Charter’s advisory board.   Her academic writings have been published in top international journals and she has written for the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. Grace is a regular speaker and advisor to blue chip finance and technology firms.  Think Big, Take Small Steps and Build the Future you Want is her first book.

Long bio

Dr Grace Lordan has a PhD in Economics, and an undergraduate degree in computer science. Her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed in life and others don't. She is an expert on the effects of bias, discrimination and technology changes. Grace has published in top general journals of economics, as well as the broader social sciences. Her research has been covered by The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, BBC, The Telegraph, The Independent, City AM, Forbes, Wired and Bloomberg.
 
Grace is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative (TII). Grace set this research center up at the LSE in 2020.  TII aims to bring behavioural science insights to firms to allow them to enhance the inclusion of all talent, and simultaneously produce academically rigorous and relevant research that links directly to TII’s purpose. Currently TII has two hubs. The first dedicated to research into financial services firms in London, and the second focused on Growth and Governance through the measurement of inclusion.  
 
Grace is the inaugural Director of the MSc in Behavioural Science at the LSE, and teaches corporate behaviour and decision making to executive MSc students at the LSE. Grace is the director of LSE’s Inclusive Organisations virtual course. Grace has a decade of experience teaching econometrics at the LSE.
 
Grace is an expert advisor to the UK government sitting on their skills and productivity board. Grace is a is a member of the UK government’s BEIS social mobility taskforce and is on the Women in Finance Charter’s advisory board.   Grace has also led consultancy projects for the Low Pay Commission and the European Commission, along with being an invited speaker to events convened by the Irish, British, French, Australian and US governments.
 
In March 2021 Grace published Think Big, Take Small Steps and Build the Future you Want. This is her first book, and it is published by Penguin. Its aim is to relay behavioural science insights to its readers to allow them commit to a medium-term plan to realise their aspirations.
 
Grace is a public speaker, and has given numerous talks to Blue Chip Companies and at conferences.