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Paul Lewis is Professor in 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 retained supervisor in economics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and a member of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group. He was a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the Shackle Scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, in the Easter Term 2013. 

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".


Paul’s research covers a wide range of issues in both theoretical and applied political economy. More specifically, his interests include: the political economy of vocational education and training; the Austrian school of economics; the history of economic thought; social ontology; and the methodology of economics. His research has been funded by the CIPD, the Earhart Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. For the latter, he has recently produced a series of reports on technician skills and training in a variety of sectors of the economy:

2013: Skills and Training for Composites Manufacture and Use in the UK: An Analysis. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

2013: The Over-training of Apprentices by Large Employers in Advanced Manufacturing in the UK. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2013: Technician Roles, Skills and Training in the UK Chemical Industry: An Analysis. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

2012: Flying High? A Study of Technician Duties, Skills, and Training in the UK Aerospace Industry. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

2012: Space for Technicians? An Analysis of Technician Skills and Training in the UK Space Sector. London: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

2011: Technicians under the Microscope: A Study of the Skills and Training of University Laboratory and Engineering Workshop Technicians. London: Gatsby Charitable Foundation. (With H. Gospel.)