Stewart Wood


Stewart Wood is a Labour peer in the House of Lords.  From 2001-2007 he served on the Chancellor’s Council of Economic Advisers in HM Treasury, where he worked on issues ranging from London’s Olympics bid to the 2003 Treasury assessment on joining the Euro. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, covering foreign policy (Europe, USA & Middle East); culture, media & sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs. From 2010-2015 he was Shadow Minister without Portfolio in the Shadow Cabinet, and advised the Leader of the Opposition on strategy and foreign affairs.

Lord Wood has been a don at Oxford since 1996. He was a Tutorial Fellow in Politics & University Lecturer at Magdalen College from 1996-2011 (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow).  He is now a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Professor of Practice at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.  His academic research focused on political economy in Europe & the USA, welfare state development and other issues in European public policy.  Prior to teaching at Oxford, he obtained a PhD in Government from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

In July 2015, Lord Wood will succeed Jeremy Greenstock as the Chair of the United Nations Association (UK).  He has also been appointed to be a member of the new House of Lords Committee on International Relations.  Since 2006 he has been a Board member of London’s Royal Court Theatre.