Paul Collier

Paul Collier

Principal Investigator
Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Address: Blavatnik School of Government Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Woodstock Road


Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government; a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College; Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford and Director of the International Grown Committee. 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 at Paris 1. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’.

Paul is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DfID. He 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.

Recent books include 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); and The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (Oxford University Press, 2010).

His latest book is Exodus: How migration is changing our world (Oxford University Press, 2013).

In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.