Professor Dame Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy at Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge

Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Member, CSaP Advisory Council

Diane Coyle joined the Department of Politics and International Studies as the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy in March 2018. She is an economist and a former advisor to the UK Treasury, and Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. She was also a member of the UK Competition Commission until its termination in April 2014.

Diane was an economist at the UK Treasury from 1985 to 1986, and later became the European Editor of Investors Chronicle between 1993 and 2001 and economics editor of The Independent. She has written a series of books focused on educating people about different aspects of economics.

Diane is Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics, an economic consultancy to large corporate clients and international organisations specialising in new technologies and globalisation, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester's Institute for Political and Economic Governance.

Diane is employed by EDF Energy on its stakeholder advisory panel, and a member of the UK Border Agency's Migration Advisory Committee. She is a former member of the UK's Competition Commission, a member of the Royal Economic Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Diane was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to economics. In the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023, Diane Coyle received the prestigious title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in recognition of her invaluable contributions to economic policy and practice, as well as her unwavering commitment to public service.

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    Earning public trust in evidence informed policy: Professor Alondra Nelson

    Professor Alondra Nelson, former deputy assistant to President Joe Biden, and acting director and principal deputy director for science and society of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), will discuss what she has learned from leading the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • 13 June 2023, 5:30pm

    The 2023 Dr S T Lee Public Policy Lecture

    The 2023 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture will be given by Professor Melissa Leach, Director at the Institute of Development Studies.

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