Tim Harford is a world renowned behavioural economist, award-winning Financial Times columnist and global speaker. His latest book, ‘Messy: How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World’ follows on from his previous best-sellers.
Frequently described as ‘Britain’s Malcolm Gladwell,’ his first two books, The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist, have been translated into 30 languages and sold well over a million copies. He is also the presenter of Radio 4’s ‘More or Less’, and ‘Pop Up Economics’.
Drawing on psychology, evolutionary biology, physics, maths and economics, Tim shows how adaptive, trial-and-error processes can help tackle everything from innovation to financial crises. Gillian Tett describes it as “required reading for anyone trying to navigate an increasingly complex world.” But whilst he’s a ‘serious’ economist with a career spanning Oxford, Shell and the World Bank, Tim’s FT columns dwell on the economics of daily life and offer tongue-in-cheek solutions to readers’ problems. He used a similar, highly accessible style as presenter of the BBC2 series Trust Me, I’m an Economist.
Drawing on the frontiers of economic research, Tim’s speeches cover everything from theories on how to save the world from Armageddon to how we can match odd socks, lose weight and find happiness. Weaving evidence from sources like casinos and speed-dating, Tim shows that human behaviour is actually surprisingly logical. Engaging with Tim Harford as a speaker has proven to add value to countless conferences worldwide.