Colin Mayer CBE

Emeritus Professor

  • colin.mayer@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Colin Mayer is Emeritus Professor of Management Studies at the Blavatnik School of Government and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford

He is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He was Chair of the Scottish Government Business Purpose Commission, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the UK Financial Markets Law Committee Working Group on Pension Fund Trustees and Fiduciary Duties. 

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business education and the administration of justice in the economic sphere.

Colin was the first professor at Saïd Business School in 1994, the Peter Moores Dean of the Business School between 2006 and 2011, and the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005. He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, Université de Bruxelles, and has had visiting positions at Columbia, MIT and Stanford universities. 

Colin was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and assisted in building the company into what is now one of the largest independent economics consultancies in Europe. He was a founding director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd. He advises companies, governments, international agencies, and regulators around the world, and he led the British Academy enquiry into 'the Future of the Corporation in 2017. You can read more about his background and his academic career in this extensive interview he did at the time with The British Academy. 


Colin's research focuses on corporate finance, governance, regulation, taxation, and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He has worked on the purpose of business, international comparisons of financial systems, corporate governance and their effects on the control, financing, and performance of firms.


Business in times of crisis(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith Stroehle,
  • Boya Wang

Valuing the invaluable: how much is the planet worth?(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Colin Mayer

PROSPERITY Better business makes the greater good

  • Book
  • Paul Collier

Entrepreneurship: an assessment(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Donald S Siegel,
  • Mike Wright

Bank governance(opens in new window)

  • Chapter
  • Oxford handbook of corporate law and governance
  • John Armour
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