Teddy Hall Remembers John Knight

23 Jan 2024

John Knight

St Edmund Hall is extremely sad to announce that Emeritus Fellow, Professor John Knight, passed away on the evening of Wednesday 17 January 2024.  The College flag will be flying at half-mast for the three days as a mark of respect.

John was a Tutorial Fellow in Economics for 39 years, from 1967 to 2006. He was hugely respected by colleagues, students and staff alike as an academic, teacher and leader. During his time on Governing Body, John took on a number of key roles including Finance Bursar and Vice Principal. He also initiated the Oxford China Economics Programme (OXCEP) at the Hall.  In the Economics department, John was their first Head of Department in 2000 having previously been the Director of the Institute of Economics and Statistics.

John was an internationally acclaimed academic in development economics, and during his career published five books, numerous book chapters and over 100 journal articles as well as serving as editor of leading journals.  Since his retirement, he has held visiting professorships at Peking University and Beijing Normal University in recognition of his ongoing research in crucial areas of the Chinese economy, including labour markets and inequality. Reflecting his longstanding interest in Africa, he was a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in the Department of Economics.

John will be very sadly missed by all that knew him at the Hall, past and present.

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