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Topic: Economics 

Expertise: GDP, Brexit, Global Economics

Diane Coyle (OBE) is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.  Previously she was Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Political and Economic Governance. In 2017, Diane was awarded the prestigious Indigo Prize in economics for submitting the best hypothetical plans to overhaul GDP as an economic measurement as economies move more into the digital and information age.

In the 2018 New Year Honours Diane was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to Economics and the Public Understanding of Economics”.

She runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. Diane 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.

She is the author of several books, including GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History (2014), The Economics of Enough (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).

Diane 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 appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for her services to economics.


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Diane speaks to openDemocracy about industrial strategy, universal basic infrastructure, moving beyond GDP, and how to build an economy that works for the 21st century. 

March 2018.