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City lights reflecting onto water.
by Phil Allmendinger  |  16th June 2021

Phil Allmendinger reflects on the digital revolution’s effect on cities, warning us to look up from our smartphones and reengage with the ‘forgotten city’ – the parts that digital doesn’t touch.…Read more

Open piggy bank, with coins spilling out.
by Shaun Wilson  |  2nd June 2021

In our latest article on Transforming Society, Shaun Wilson makes the case for seizing this moment for a reform of the living wage for the benefit of wealth redistribution, worker health, productivity and social justice.…Read more

Man making tacos.
by Kaitland M. Byrd  |  24th May 2021

Beyond the beleaguered urban restaurant industry, Kaitland Byrd, author of 'Southern Craft Food Diversity', reminds us of the diversity and marginalization of the producers who supply these restaurants with southern craft products.…Read more

Person holding out pennies in their hands
by Heather Whiteside Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans  |  12th May 2021

Heather Whiteside, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans, authors of 'Varieties of Austerity', consider the austerity measures adopted in response to the global financial crisis and the knock-on effect these have had on the COVID-19 situation.…Read more

Two-way street arrows on a road
by Rajiv Prabhakar  |  14th January 2021

Rajiv Prabhakar, author of 'Financial Inclusion', outlines some of the reasons for the tensions between academics and policy makers, and calls for a better understanding of how these groups can help each other, whether in the field of financial inclusion or COVID-19 public health policy.…Read more

Sign saying 'The climate is changing, why aren't we?'
by Philippe Bihouix  |  8th December 2020

Following the publication of ‘The Age of Low Tech’, Philippe Bihouix explains the concept of shifting baselines and argues that we need the absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption.…Read more

Iranian women following Covid-19 protective protocols stock photo
by Farhang Morady  |  3rd November 2020

Farhang Morady, author of ‘Contemporary Iran: Politics, Economy, Religion’, outlines the cumulative economic effects of sanctions, COVID-19 and government mismanagement on an already shattered economy, but draws hope from the imminent US elections and from regime change in Iran.…Read more

Timelapse of city
by Gordon Pearson  |  22nd September 2020

Gordon Pearson, author of 'Remaking the Real Economy', explains how political economic decisions need to be based on real knowledge and understanding of how the three different layers of the economy work, to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.…Read more

Man with head in hands
by Stewart Lansley  |  3rd August 2020

Stewart Lansley, co-editor of 'It's Basic Income: The Global Debate', explains that it's time to end benefits sanctions and review the balance of rights and duties across society.…Read more

Universal basic income graph
by Malcolm Torry  |  28th July 2020

Malcolm Torry, author of 'Why We Need a Citizen’s Basic Income', discusses how the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated already existing employment and income insecurity and how this has led to the increasing interest in a Citizen’s Basic Income: an unconditional income for every individual. …Read more