Professor at Oxford University
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow of Worcester College. His book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World has been described as ‘magnificent’ (Sunday Times) ‘ dazzling’ (Guardian), ‘a rare book that makes you question your assumptions about the world’ (Wall St Journal), ‘a treasure’ (Libre Belgique), ‘phenomenal’ (Die Welt), ‘a joy’ (Le Point) and ‘not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades’ (BerlinerZeitung). A New York Times Bestseller, it has topped the Non-Fiction charts all around the world, including in the UK, India and China. In 2018, it was named as one of the 25 most important books translated into Chinese over the last 40 years, along with The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice.
His most recent book is The New Silk Roads: A The present and Future of the World. It is a ‘masterly mapping out of a new world order’ (Evening Standard), ‘superb’ (BBC News), ‘brilliant’ (Daily Times, Pakistan). ‘No reader will leave The New Silk Roads with her sense of the state of the world unchanged; (TLS).
In 2017, Peter was appointed Senior Advisor and Academic Expert to a major project for the World Bank and Department for International Development (DFID) on Transport Corridors in South Asia. Professor Frankopan advises governments, inter-government agencies, multi-lateral institutions and corporations around the world about geopolitics.
In 2019, he was named one of the World’s 50 Top Thinkers by Prospect Magazine.