Paul is interested in governance in low-income countries, especially the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, the economics of civil war, aid, globalisation and poverty.
He is the author of “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It”, “Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places” and “The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature”.
Paul is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University. He took a five year Public Service leave, 1998-2003, during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank.
The Politics of Hunger: How Illusion and Greed Fan the Food Crisis
By Paul Collier, November/December 2008