Simon Deakin

Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR)

Fellow (Economics and Policy)

Fellow of Peterhouse

MA, PhD (University of Cambridge)

I am a member of the Economics & Policy subject group.

My research interests include the study of corporate governance from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective; economic and sociological theories of law; empirical studies of the effects of legal change; doctrinal legal analysis in the areas of labour, corporate and private law; relations between shareholders and directors; human resource management and employment contracting; inter-firm relations; corporate insolvency; corporate social responsibility.

Professional experience

Simon is the Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), and a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge. He specialises in the economics of law and empirical legal studies, with particular reference to labour law, private law, and corporate governance. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has received the ECGI and Allen & Overy prizes for his research on corporate governance. He has carried out consultancy and contract research for numerous governments, international organisations, companies, business associations, trade unions and NGOs.

Previous appointments

Simon held research fellowships in Cambridge and Chicago before taking up his first teaching position as a lecturer in law at Queen Mary, University of London, in 1987. He was appointed to a law lectureship in Cambridge in 1990 and has stayed in Cambridge since, lecturing in both Cambridge Judge Business School and the Faculty of Law. He is also a Fellow of Peterhouse. His involvement in the Centre for Business Research dates from its foundation in 1994. He became its Director in 2013. He has held visiting positions at universities in Australia, France, Italy, Japan and the USA.


News and insights

Professor Simon Deakin, Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), awarded the 2023 Cambridge SU (students' union) prize for Postgraduate Research Supervision.

Research centre news

Humanising the migration crisis

The ongoing refugee and asylum seeker crisis in Europe and the UK is an opportunity to strengthen public health, the economy, labour markets and social cohesion. In the media and political hubbub surrounding the crisis, the personal stories, mental health and wellbeing of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are absent. How can we design front-line mental health services for refugees, asylum seekers and local populations at risk in the UK?

Lebanon’s health services should be given far greater priority in economic recovery policies by donor governments, says new report co-authored at the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge Judge Business School.