Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Oxford University and World Leading Expert on Developing Markets
Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Director of the International Growth Centre.
Paul has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanisation in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organisational cultures.
Paul has authored numerous books, including The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize; Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (Vintage Books, 2009); The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (Oxford University Press, 2010); Exodus: How migration is changing our world (Oxford University Press, 2013); and The Future of Capitalism: Facing The New Anxieties (Penguin Books, 2018).
His latest book, co-authored with John Kay, is Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism (Penguin Books, 2020).
In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.
* Beyond the BRICS: Making sense of the risks and opportunities in Frontier Markets.
* The European Debt Crisis: Reversal of Fortune(s)?
* Natural Resource Extraction: How can it be made the impetus for development?
* The World Turned Upside-Down: How will the reversal of economic fortunes between the developed and developing worlds play out?
“Paul Collier is a brilliant mind with a keen understanding of the modern world’s obstacles to progress. In The Plundered Planet, Collier tackles some of the most difficult questions of our time, and offers an insightful framework for effectively managing our world’s natural resources. Collier’s book is an important meditation on how we can build a world that is more equal, more sustainable, and more prosperous for all humankind.” President Bill Clinton
“Paul Collier is a brilliant mind with a keen understanding of the modern world’s obstacles to progress.” President Bill Clinton
“In this path-breaking book, Paul Collier develops one of the most fascinating subjects he touched on in The Bottom Billion — the resource curse. It will be of great interest to all those who are concerned about the future of our civilization.” George Soros