Diane Coyle Speaker

Diane Coyle

Author and founder of Enlightenment Economics and Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Diane Coyle: Biography highlights

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.

Known for:


Based in:


Languages spoken:


Full biography of Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle’s background

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.

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.



Show more

Available for:

Panel Participation

Watch Diane in action

1/6 videos
How to take the future of the economy seriously | Diane Coyle | TEDxEastEnd
How to take the future of the economy seriously | Diane Coyle | TEDxEastEnd
Digitally disrupted GDP with Prof Diane Coyle
Digitally disrupted GDP with Prof Diane Coyle
Interview with Professor Diane Coyle
Interview with Professor Diane Coyle
Interview with Professor Diane Coyle
Interview with Professor Diane Coyle
City Horizons: Professor Diane Coyle
City Horizons: Professor Diane Coyle
Rethinking Economics: Diane Coyle, London 2013
Rethinking Economics: Diane Coyle, London 2013
The Big Innovation Centre

Superb! Diane Coyle has catalysed what is long overdue: candid self-questioning by economists of a discipline that did not anticipate the crisis and has barely changed since despite its self-evident shortcomings. Some spectacularly good reads. Economics can't stay the same after this book.'

Will Hutton
Principal, Hertford College Oxford, Observer Columnist and Chair
Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

'This volume will set the agenda for the debate of the next decade by economists and policy makers trying to avoid another financial crisis. The self-critical chapters by top-tier economists and hands-on practitioners provide fascinating insights into what went wrong and how the economics profession should set about to reform itself.'

Dr DeAnne Julius CBE
Chairman, Chatham House and Former Member
Author, 'The Undercover Economist' and 'Adapt'

'With outstanding essays from the likes of Andy Haldane, John Kay and Andrew Lo, this book should be read by anyone interested - or anxious - about what economists do and how economics is taught.'

Tim Harford
Declan Jordan

'The book is highly recommended. The challenges it presents are being debated in economics faculties across the globe. The current crisis has shifted the certainties of orthodox macroeconomics and emboldened those who argue for a stronger emphasis on behavioural approaches and less emphasis on mathematical and statistical methods. This struggle will persist and this book is likely to prompt many debates and inform many course review meetings.'

Diane's speaking topics

Check Diane Coyle's availability

To enquire about booking Diane Coyle, email info@speakersassociates.com or complete this form.

Check Availability


Your event

Your budget

Other speakers and topics


Would you like to receive our free monthly speaker bulletin?