Professor Diane Coyle CBE

Professor Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and was  awarded a CBE  for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Research Interests

Diane’s research interests include economic statistics and the digital economy, competition policy and digital markets, economics of new technologies, natural capital, and infrastructure.


Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute, where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity.  Her new book  Cogs and Monsters looks at how economics needs to change, while  her previous book, Markets,  State and People – Economics for Public Policy  examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources.

Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council.  She has served in public service roles including  as Vice-Chair of the BBC  Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was  Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018.

Additional Information

Her books include GDP: A Brief but Affectionate HistoryThe Economics of EnoughThe Soulful Science, and The Weightless World. Her recent papers have been published by ScienceReview of International Political EconomyNatureAntitrust Law Journal, and Regional Studies.