Top economist becomes Manchester Professor

20 Jan 2014

One of the UK’s leading economists is to become a Professor at The University of Manchester.

Diane Coyle becomes University of Manchester Professor
Diane Coyle becomes University of Manchester Professor

Diane Coyle, Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and a former Economics Editor of The Independent newspaper, will take on the part-time role in September.

The bestselling author was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis.

A Harvard PhD graduate, she runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics.

She is also currently a member of the ESRC Research Committee, was a member of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007-2012, the Browne Review of higher education funding, and was on the Competition Commission between 2001-2009.

She will teach undergraduates at Manchester, give a public lecture each year and work with academic colleagues and policy makers.

Her interests are competition policy, network markets, the economics of new technologies and globalisation, and she has carried out extensive research on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries.

Awarded an OBE in 2009, her books include ‘The Economics of Enough’ and ‘The Soulful Science’, as well as the forthcoming 'GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History'.

She is also the editor of ‘What’s The Use of Economics?’,a collection of essays about teaching economics, and is supporting an initiative funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking to develop a new approach to teaching undergraduate economics.

She said: “It's a privilege for me to have this opportunity to teach undergraduates at Manchester, and I hope to offer them a distinctive perspective on economics from somebody who has been involved in the world of public policy as well as research and writing. Economics is particularly exciting and important when it engages with real world events, and I'm looking forward to debates with students as well as my new colleagues."

Head of the University’s School of Social Sciences Professor Chris Orme said: “We are delighted that Diane has been able to accept this substantive academic appointment in Economics. Apart from the significant and important contribution to research and the wider current economic policy debates, she will also deliver her own research-informed economics teaching to undergraduates and assist us in curriculum innovation.”

Notes for editors

Professor Coyle is available for interview

Mike Addelman
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Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
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