Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Oxford University and World Leading Expert on Developing Markets

why book paul?

  • Paul’s research focuses on civil war causes, aid effects, democracy challenges, urbanisation, and private investment in African infrastructure, showcasing his expertise in various socio-political and economic fields
  • He authored award-winning books, including “The Bottom Billion,” which won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross, and Corine prizes, and “The Future of Capitalism,” addressing global issues and new anxieties
  • Paul received a knighthood for his outstanding contributions to promoting research and policy change in Africa, highlighting his impact on a global scale
Paul Collier


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).

Paul Collier

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?

Sir Paul Collier


“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