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Professor Philip Booth, the Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is stepping down from his role after 14 years in post.

The IEA seeks to promote the role of markets in solving economic and social problems, aiming to change the climate of opinion over the long term. Philip has been instrumental in this, not only maintaining the Institute’s academic reputation, but substantially enhancing it.

Philip will be leaving the IEA to take up the role as Director of Research and Public Engagement at St Mary’s University. He will leave on November 7th but the Institute is delighted that he has agreed to remain at the IEA for one day a week from then onwards. We are determined to retain and to continue to deserve our reputation for intellectual rigour and sound academic thinking and will now begin the search to find someone who can continue Philip’s superb work for the Institute over these last 14 years.
Commenting on his departure, Prof Philip Booth, said:

“Working at the IEA has been a magnificent experience for what will be 14 years before I step down as Academic and Research Director. In recent years, in particular, the IEA has gone from strength to strength and I have much appreciated being part of that renaissance, working with a magnificent team and other wonderful colleagues. Together, we have created an organisation that is firing on all cylinders and effective in helping to shape the climate of opinion. 

“I would also like to thank the IEA Trustees, who have provided much sound advice. In addition, I would like to thank the IEA’s authors, academics and all those who help the IEA in other capacities and without whom its work would not be possible. I do hope that I can give many more years of faithful service in a different capacity thereby continuing to help promote the IEA’s mission along with my successor and the existing staff whom I admire greatly.”


Mark Littlewood, Director General, said:

“Philip has been a tower of strength for 14 years at the IEA, not merely maintaining the Institute’s reputation but significantly improving it. He possesses an amazing combination of skills and experience – acting as an editor, author, lecturer, teacher, manager, spokesman and a leader for the Institute. It is an enormous understatement to say that he will be a tough act to follow. All of us at the Institute wish him well in his new role and are delighted that he will continue to work for the IEA for one day a week.”


For enquiries please contact: Stephanie Lis, IEA Director of Communications: [email protected] or 07766 221 268


The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.


The IEA is a registered educational charity and independent of all political parties.



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