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Diane Coyle is an economist specialising in the economics of new technologies, economic statistics, and digital markets and competition policy. She was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Policy at Manchester. She has had a number of public policy roles, and is currently a member of the Natural Capital Committee and a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics. Previously she was a BBC Trustee (2006–2014), a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2009–2014), and a member of the Competition Commission (2001–2009). She is chair of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, a member of the Royal Economic Society Council, and a trustee of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and Pro Bono Economics.
Communicating economics is a passion. Diane is a contributor to the free online CORE economics curriculum and the associated textbook The Economy. She also programmes the annual Festival of Economics in Bristol, which started in 2011. Her books include GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and started out working at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist.
Diane founded the consultancy Enlightenment Economics, where she has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries and is contributing editor in a small publishing joint venture, Perspectives, with the London Publishing Partnership.
She read PPE at Brasenose College, Oxford, and her PhD is from Harvard. Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009. She is married to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent.