Economist and author Diane Coyle runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She is Vice Chair of the BBC Trust. She was a member of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007-2012, of the Browne Review of higher education funding, and was on the Competition Commission 2001-2009. Diane is also a visiting research associate at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

She works on competition policy, network markets, the economics of new technologies and globalisation, including extensive work on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. 

On 27 February 2012, Diane gave the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Lecture at the University of York, on ‘Inequality and Institutional Reform’. On 18-19 May 2012, she delivered the Tanner Lectures at Brasenose College, Oxford, on ‘The Public Responsibilities of the Economist’. In June 2013, she gave the Pro Bono Economics Lecture.

Diane is the author of several bestselling books including The Economics of Enough (March 2011, Princeton University Press) and The Soulful Science (Princeton University Press 2007). She is the editor of What’s The Use of Economics?, a collection of essays about teaching economics (London Publishing Partnership 2012).

Her first book was The Weightless World (1996), one of the first to identify the impact of new technologies on the economy and society. Others include Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002), Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001), and Governing the World Economy (2000), all translated into many languages. She has published numerous book chapters, reports and articles, and was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis.

Diane was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and had worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD in economics from Harvard.

Diane was awarded an OBE in January 2009.