Enlightenment Economics has long-standing specialist expertise in technology markets, innovation and competition policy. We are currently working on projects on the implications of the spread of mobile broadband for inequality in low-income economies, and on the social and economic impacts of an emerging economy government’s ICT strategy.
She is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester in addition to running Enlightenment Economics. Diane is a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics and a Member of the Natural Capital Committee. She was Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust until April 2015, a member of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007-2012, and a member of the Competition Commission from 2001-2009. She is also a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
She specialises in competition analysis and the economics of new technologies and globalisation, including extensive work on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries. Diane is also a member of the stakeholder advisory panel of EDF Energy.
She is the author of several books, including GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History (2014), The Economics of Enough (2011) and The Soulful Science (2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002), Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001), Governing the World Economy (2000) and The Weightless World (1997). She has also published numerous book chapters, reports and articles, and was formerly a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis.
She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and before that worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard.
Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009.
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Professor Howard Williams, Tim Phillips, Mary Beth Sutter and Teresa Poole are associates of Enlightenment Economics.
Professor Emeritus Howard Williams held a chair at Graduate Business School, University of Strathclyde. His research has focused on issues of technical change, economic development and innovation in the OECD and emerging markets.
Professor Williams has worked as an economist and lead policy advisor for international organizations including the European Commission (DG InfoSoc), the World Bank and the Internet Governance Forum. He has contributed to a broad range of economic and policy debates about licensing, access regimes, investment incentives, wholesale market regulation as well as the application of competition law principles to the ICT sectors.
His work on mobile financial transactions is internationally recognized, and he has pioneered work on competition analysis in the Internet, especially with regard to search. At the University of Strathclyde Professor Williams created and was Director of the Masters in Communications Management (MCM). He has held fellowships at a number of academic institutions including University of Bocconi (Milan) and the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford). He is also currently an advisor to the Skolkovo Centre, Moscow.
Economist Tim Phillips studied economics and mathematics at the University of Manchester, Birkbeck University of London, and University College London. He specialises in the economic impact of innovation, technology and crime, and he has written on these topics for The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Guardian and The International New York Times among others. He is also the author of 12 books, including Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods, Scoring Points and Fit to Bust: How Great Companies Fail (all Kogan Page).
Tim is currently editor of The Economy, published by The CORE Project , which is a modern open-access economics syllabus taught at universities in five continents, including at University College London, Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University.
For more information see : Tim’s Linked In profile
Mary Beth is a Princeton and LSE-trained economist with special expertise in multinational strategies and globalisation.
Teresa is an IT business specialist with extensive experience in China and S.E. Asia.