Diane Coyle CBE

Bennett Professor of Public Policy
University of Cambridge

Diane Coyle is the University of Cambridge’s inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy, in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Previously she was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester.

Diane runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She is a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics and a Member of the Natural Capital Committee. She was Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust until April 2015, a member of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007-2012, and a member of the Competition Commission from 2001-2009. She is also a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

She specialises in competition analysis and the economics of new technologies and globalisation.

With a passion for communicating economics, Diane is a contributor to the free online CORE economics curriculum and the associated textbook The Economy. She also programmes the annual Festival of Economics in Bristol, which started in 2011. Her books include GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History (2014), The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters (2011) and The Soulful Science (2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002), Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001), Governing the World Economy (2000) and The Weightless World (1997).

She has also published numerous book chapters, reports and articles, and was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis.

She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and before that worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard.

Diane was awarded a CBE for services to economics and the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

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