Professor Collier is currently Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government; and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE). His research covers the economic causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.
He is also 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.
Recent books include The Bottom Billion (OUP, 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 (OUP, 2010).
His latest book is Exodus: How migration is changing our world (OUP, 2013)
He was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.