Paul Dobson is Professor of Business Strategy and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has three degrees, including MSc and PhD in economics from the University of London, and held academic posts previously at Loughborough University (1998-2010), the University of Nottingham (1990-98), and the University of St Andrews (1988-9).

Paul joined UEA in July 2010 to serve two consecutive 5-year terms as Head of NBS, completing his 10 years in the role at the end of July 2020. During this period, he oversaw the major expansion of the School in doubling its courses, staffing and income. Under his leadership, the School achieved considerable success in national and international rankings underpinned by research and teaching excellence and a commitment to providing students with a truly outstanding learning experience.

As an academic expert, Paul is recognised as a leading international authority on competition and consumer policy specialising in food supply and food retailing.  He has written extensively on these matters, advised numerous national and international organisations, and provided regular commentary for a wide range of media (including TV, radio, and news/trade press). 

His publications include books on strategic management and competition analysis while his journal papers examine a range of practices related to food and drinks pricing plus broader pricing practices and contractual relations that affect competition and consumer welfare across different product and service markets, together with policy and legal analysis.

Paul’s current research interests focus on business strategy and public policy, following up two ESRC-funded projects on the impact of retail pricing on overeating and pricing dynamics in UK food retailing, an MRC-funded project examining alcohol pricing, and an EU H2020 project on energy storage.

Professor Dobson’s extensive advisory experience includes advising a wide range of authorities and international organisations (including European Parliament, UK Parliament, European Commission, OECD, UNCTAD and the UK, Swiss, Hungarian and Serbian competition authorities). He has also advised numerous industry associations and major corporations on business and public policy and acted as an expert witness in competition and commercial law cases. His work spans a wide range of industries including retailing, food supply, fast-moving consumer goods, telecommunications, financial services, brewing, property selling, printed media and books, with advice covering regulatory policy, mergers, strategic alliances, market investigations, vertical relations, and cooperative agreements. 

Paul is a member of the Centre for Competition Policy at UEA and serves on the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute, where in 2004 he became its first non-American board member.  He has acted as a consultant adviser to the ESRC and is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College as well as being a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  In addition, Paul has served UEA as Social Sciences Faculty Associate Dean for Enterprise (2011-15), Board Member of Adapt Commercial Limited (2011-14), and member of the University’s Senate (2016-19).


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