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Paul Lewis is Professor of Political Economy. He was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Christ Church, Oxford. Prior to moving to King's, he was a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics, and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Emmanuel and Selwyn Colleges.

He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA, a member of the ESRC Innovation Caucus, the Cambridge Social Ontology Group, and the Productivity Institute. He was a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the Shackle Scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, in the Easter Term 2013.

Copies of many of Paul’s papers can be found: at: and

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Office hours

In the w/c 24 April, my office hours will be Monday 11.00-12.00 and Tuesday 10.00-11.00.

Monday: 15.30 - 16.30

Tuesday: 16.00 - 17.00

Please e-mail me to book a slot


Paul’s research covers a wide range of issues in both theoretical and applied political economy. More specifically, his interests include: the history of economic thought, in particular the Austrian, Bloomington, and Virginia schools of economics; social ontology; technician skills and innovation; and the political economy of vocational education and training. His research has been funded by the CIPD, the Earhart Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

In 2016 he won Society for the Development of Austrian Economics for the Best Essay in Austrian Economics, for his paper on "The Emergence of 'Emergence' in the Work of F.A. Hayek: An Historical Analysis" ( His volume of the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, entitled Essays on Liberalism and the Economy, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022.

PhD supervision

Paul would welcome PhD applicants interested in following areas: the history of economic thought, especially the Austrian, Bloomington, and Virginia schools of economic thought; vocational education and training; and the methodology of economics, in particular approaches that focus on the ontological presuppositions of economic analysis.