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Professor Diane Coyle appointed inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy

last modified Nov 18, 2017 10:40 AM
Professor Diane Coyle, from the University of Manchester, is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

She will take up her post in March 2018 in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Professor Coyle brings a wealth of experience as one the UK’s most respected policy practitioners and thinkers, and is one of the leading academic figures exploring the application and refashioning of economics in relation to some of the major public policy challenges of our times.

She has just been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Indigo prize for Economics for 2017.

Professor Coyle is the latest appointment to the growing group of public policy experts housed at the University of Cambridge. She will take a leading role, along with Professor Michael Kenny, and a growing team of researchers and lecturers, in the brand-new Cambridge Institute for Public Policy which brings world-leading, multi-disciplinary research to bear on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She will be leading important strands of research in the fields of public policy economics, technology, industrial strategy and global inequality.

Diane Coyle is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. She is a member of the Natural Capital Committee, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, and a researcher at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, leading the research programme on measuring the digital economy. She specialises in the economics of new technologies and competition policy, and founded the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. Her books include GDP: A Brief but Affectionate HistoryThe Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science.

Diane was a BBC Trustee for over eight years, and was also formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and has worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist.

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