Paul Collier

Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford

"The Plundered Planet and Restoring Natural Order in the Bottom Billion"

October 8, 2009
Reception: 4:30 pm Hesburgh Center Great Hall
Lecture: 5:00 pm - C100 Hesburgh Center Auditorium


Paul Collier is professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. His research focus includes the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies. He also works on a wide-range of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and political economy topics concerned with Africa.

Former director of development research at the World Bank and advisor to the British government’s Commission on Africa, he is one of the world’s leading experts on African economies and is the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford University Press, 2007), among numerous other books and articles. His newest book, Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (HarperCollins, 2009) investigates violence and poverty in small remote countries at the lowest level of the world economy and offers insight into what must be done to bring peace and stability.