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July 2016

New co-director for policy@manchester

(17 July 2016)

Professor Coyle, who is Professor of Economics in the School of Social Sciences, will take up her post on 1 August 2016. She joins current Co-Director Professor Andy Westwood, who is also Associate Vice-President for Public Affairs. 

Commenting on her appointment, Professor Coyle said: “I am delighted to be joining policy@manchester as Co-Director. My passion has always been to communicate research to the world and to ensure public policy is based on evidence. I look forward to helping improve The University of Manchester's profile and influence among politicians and policymakers.” 

Professor Westwood said: “I'm really excited about Diane joining our growing team at policy@manchester. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her. An award-winning and influential economist, journalist and most recently deputy chair of the BBC Trust, Diane is also, of course, a professor and teacher here at Manchester.” 

Professor Coyle is the author of numerous books, most recently GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). She is the founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics, specialising in the economics of new technologies.

She was previously Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (to April 2015), a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2007-2012) and the Competition Commission (2001-2009). She was Economics Editor of the Independent to 2001, with previous jobs in HM Treasury and DRI Europe.

 Since joining the University, Professpr Coyle has been a regular contributor to Manchester Policy Blogs and was a key contributor to the award-winning On Devo publication

Policy@manchester is a cross-University initiative that seeks to shine a light on the wealth of policy relevant research and knowledge that is generated at the University. The award-winning team works with staff across all Faculties to help maximise the impact of their research among policymakers and key influencers.