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John Leonard Eatwell, Baron Eatwell, (born 2 February 1945) is a British economist and the current President of Queens' College, Cambridge. A former senior advisor to the Labour Party, Lord Eatwell now sits in the House of Lords as a non-affiliated peer.[1]

The Lord Eatwell
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Born John Leonard Eatwell
(1945-02-02) 2 February 1945 (age 73)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Suzi Digby (m. 2006)
Institution University of Cambridge
Field Economist
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge
Harvard University



Lord Eatwell was educated at Headlands Grammar School in Swindon in Wiltshire, followed by Queens College, Cambridge (1964–1967), where he gained a B.A., followed by studies at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar, where he obtained a PhD.[citation needed] He subsequently returned to Queens' as a research fellow.[citation needed]


Lord Eatwell, in academic dress, at the Senate House in June 2014

Eatwell has held several positions within the University of Cambridge, including Professor of Financial Policy at the Judge Business School and University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics: he was a fellow of Trinity College from 1970 to 1996, when he was elected President of Queens'. With his other duties, Eatwell taught Economics at the New School for Social Research in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also a member of various important national bodies. He was chief economic adviser to Neil Kinnock, the then-Leader of the Labour Party, from 1985 to 1992[2] and was created a Labour member of the House of Lords as Baron Eatwell, of Stratton St Margaret in the County of Wiltshire on 14 July 1992.[3] In 2010, he was appointed a Labour Opposition Spokesman for the Treasury in the House of Lords by former leader Ed Miliband.[4][5] As of 27 March 2014, he now sits as a non-affiliated peer.[1]

Eatwell is the former chair of the British Library, a director of the Royal Opera House and the economic advisor to the Chartered Management Institute.[citation needed]

In May 2014, Lord Eatwell was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Bath.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2006 Eatwell married Suzi Digby, founder and Principal of The Voices Foundation, a national music education charity.[citation needed]

Selected bibliographyEdit


Chapters in booksEdit

  • Eatwell, John (1982), "Competition", in Meek, Ronald (author); Bradley, Ian C. (editor); Howard, Michael C. (editor), Classical and Marxian political economy: essays in honour of Ronald L. Meek, London: Macmillan, pp. 203–228, ISBN 9780333321997. 
  • Eatwell, John (1990), "Walras's theory of capital", in Eatwell, John; Milgate, Murray; Newman, Peter K., The New Palgrave: capital theory, New York: Norton, pp. 247–256, ISBN 9780393958553. 
  • Eatwell, John (1995), "The international origins of unemployment", in Michie, Jonathan; Smith, John Grieve, Managing the global economy, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 271–286, ISBN 9780198289685. 
  • Eatwell, John (1996), "Unemployment on a world scale", in Eatwell, John, Global unemployment: loss of jobs in the '90s, New York: M.E. Sharpe, pp. 3–20, ISBN 9781563245824. 
  • Eatwell, John (1995), "The international origins of unemployment", in Michie, Jonathan; Smith, John Grieve, Managing the global economy, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 271–286, ISBN 9780198289685. 
  • Eatwell, John (1997), "Effective demand and disguised unemployment", in Michie, Jonathan; Smith, John Grieve, Employment and economic performance: jobs, inflation, and growth, New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 76–94, ISBN 9780198290933. 
  • Eatwell, John (1998), "The liberalisation of international capital movements: the impact on Europe, West and East", in Eatwell, John; Rosenau, James; Jelin, Elizabeth; et al., Understanding globalisation: the nation-state, democracy and economic policies in the new epoch: essays, Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, ISBN 9789122017820. 
  • Eatwell, John (1998), "Ethics and self-interest", in Jones, Ian; Pollitt, Michael, The role of business ethics in economic performance, Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 21–30, ISBN 9780333717417. 
  • Eatwell, John (2001), "New issues in international financial regulation", in Ferran, Eilis; Goodhart, Charles A.E., Regulating financial services and markets in the twenty first century, Oxford Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, pp. 235–254, ISBN 9781841132792. 
  • Eatwell, John (2007), "Risk management and systemic risk", in Kołodko, Grzegorz W.; Estrin, Saul; Uvalic, Milica, Transition and beyond, New York: Pelgrave Macmillan, pp. 247–262, ISBN 9780230546974. 
  • Eatwell, John (2009), "Practical proposals for regulatory reform", in Subacchi, Paola (project co-director); Monsarrat, Alexei (project co-director), New ideas for the London Summit: recommendations to the G20 leaders, London: Chatham House/Atlantic Council of the United States: Royal Institute of International Affairs, pp. 11–14, ISBN 9781862032163.  Pdf version.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
John Polkinghorne
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Succeeded by