About Us - PEP - Promoting Economic Pluralism

About PEP

We are seeking to create and support spaces for diverse voices, perspectives and approaches to understanding and organising our economies to help co-create truly sustainable, resilient and inclusive ones.

We work with other organisations, activists and thinkers in the new economics movement. We look to develop projects to support this movement for reform.

We are a registered charity - number 1178596.

Our approach to change

We seek to develop strategic activities and projects that influence economic analysis, teaching and thinking. We look for activities the bring diverse people together and build a stronger new economics movement.

Currently our main activities are:

Where our funding comes from

We do not receive funding from Governments. We rely on our members and sponsors, and charging for subscriptions and events to provide our core funding.

We seek funding for projects from grant giving organisations. Partners for a New Economy are funding our project to develop an accreditation scheme for masters courses that take a pluralist approach to economics.

Meet Our Trustees

Ann Pettifor

Economist, Activist and Author

Ann is Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre of City University, London. Her background is in sovereign debt. Ann was one of the leaders in the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign, which succeeded in writing off $100 billion of debts owed by 42 of the poorest countries. Ann was also one of the few to correctly predict the credit crunch of 2007 in NEF’s Real World Economic Outlook (Palgrave 2003) and in her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave 2006). Her latest publication is ‘The Production of Money: How to break the power of the Bank’, published by Verso in February, 2017. She was recently awarded the prestigious Hannah Arendt Prize 2018 for political thinking.

Jonathan Michie

Economics Professor, Oxford University

Jonathan is Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange and Director of Continuing Education at Oxford University, and President of Kellogg College. From 2004-2008 Jonathan was Director of Birmingham Business School and a member of Council at the University of Birmingham, where he was Professor of Management; from 1997-2004 he held the Sainsbury Chair of Management at Birkbeck, University of London where he was Head of the School of Management & Organisational Psychology.

From 1992-1997 he was a University Lecturer in Accounting & Finance at the Judge Business School in Cambridge where he was also a Fellow & Director of Studies in Economics at Robinson College and a Research Associate of the ESRC Centre for Business Research.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, on whose Council he serves; Director of the Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business at Kellogg; a member of the Economic Advisory Panel for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); and Chair of the Board of Trustees for UWC Atlantic College and a Council member for the UWC movement globally.

Magdalena Polan

Senior Economist

Magda is a Global Emerging Market Economist at Legal & General Investment Management in London, responsible primarily for macroeconomic analysis and investment strategy across global emerging markets. Before that, she was a senior economist at Goldman Sachs, where she led research coverage of central eastern european economies. Prior to that, she spent six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where she worked on crisis prevention and resolution, sovereign debt restructurings, development of capital markets, and issues related to monetary policy and sovereign asset and liability management.

Oliver Bettis

Senior Pricing Actuary

Oliver is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has worked for over 25 years in the London insurance market and is the Senior Pricing Actuary for a division of a global reinsurance company. For over a decade he has had a strong interest in climate change, economics and the limits to growth and has spoken at numerous venues on these subjects. From 2013 to 2015 he was the inaugural chair of the IFoA’s Resource and Environment Board, one of the IFoA’s seven practice area boards. He currently serves on the IFoA’s Research and Thought Leadership Board which oversees their research programme. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Nicolette Boater

Independent adviser to governmental, private-sector and community organisations

"The complexity, unpredictability and global connectedness of 21st century social, environmental and economic challenges, demands a much deeper contextual awareness, a stronger problem-solving orientation, and a more varied analytical toolbox than my neoclassical dominated economics training provided. To catalyse this, a more pluralist approach to the teaching of economics is greatly needed and long overdue."

Nicolette is a policy, business strategy and sustainable development professional delivering lasting stakeholder value in diverse governmental, business, financial services and not-for-profit environments. Her achievements range from catalysing the declaration and delivery of a local authority’s climate emergency pledge to leading an influential study of the potential for a European currency. Having spent the first part of her 25 year career discovering the inadequacy of her neoclassical dominated economics education, and the middle part searching for better ways of addressing the complexity, unpredictability and connectedness of 21st century social, environmental and economic challenges, Nicolette has enthused and supported Promoting Economic Pluralism from its inception.

...and our team

Henry Leveson-Gower

Founder and CEO

Henry has been a practicing economist and policy analyst for almost 25 years. He has worked on issues from international trade and environment to economic and environmental regulation design. He has always sought to draw on a whole range of economic and social science thinking and techniques from international political to behavioural economics.

He has particular expertise in using agent based modelling (ABM) having produced the first Government impact assessment using an ABM. He is now advising UK Government chief economists on building capacity to use ABMs across government.  He recently addressed the OECD on the policy application of ABMs.He also has expertise in institutional and complexity economics and is advising organisations on the implications for regulatory design and implementation.

Henry is an internationally recognised expert in water policy and regulation but he also has knowledge of a wide range of environmental policy areas including sustainable consumption and production, climate change adaptation, industrial pollution and waste. He has worked in the public and private sector at the local, national and international level both in the UK and Australia.

He has also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus, is a Fellow of the RSA and a qualified chartered accountant.

Steve Maggs

Web designer and developer

Starting at local newspaper in print design (also completing the NCTJ journalism course) Steve is a freelance web designer and developer with ten years experience both in-house and agency side. Steve has designed and built web and digital projects for clients ranging from start-ups to internationally known brands like Dell, Regus and Pandora.

Steve has built everything from simple blogs to large ecommerce sites and specialises in interactive content and web apps.

Outside of work Steve designs and sells t-shirts, reads anything connected with politics and economics and avoids driving whenever possible.

Trevor Loveday

Editorial Advisor, The Mint

Trevor has, for thirty years, reported and commented on regulation, markets and technology in a range of industries. Much of his career focus has been on the energy sector where he founded Utility Week, provided commentary through broadcast media and led communications at the energy regulator, Ofgem.

He has an extraordinary combination of experiences that inform his editorial approach. Since acquiring a doctorate in medical science and subsequent research positions including Guy and St Thomas’ Medical School, he has been a published professional musician and an exhibiting artist and illustrator before and while forging a reputation as a writer, editor and a communicator in the broadest sense.

He has written extensively on medicine (as editor of the Medical Research Council award-winning MRC News). As a freelance writer and consultant he advises global players in engineering, finance, IT and petrochemicals on communications and has edited the International Desalination Association’s quarterly publication and website.

He is managing editor and a founding director of The Water Report which has become the established leader in reporting and analysis on regulation and policy in the UK water sector.

Daphne Davies

Editor and Media Adviser

Daphne Davies has worked as a journalist and development consultant for 30 years, in the not-for profit, governmental, and think-tank fields. She started work as a printer in the UK, USA and Ecuador. When she returned to the UK, she was employed as a press officer for various organisations, including Amnesty International, and the Labour Research Department.

In the 1990s, she moved to Brussels to work for the international trade union movement, followed by work with WWF, the United Nations, the European Commission (mainly in social and economic policy) and a think tank: the European Policy Centre.

Since returning to the UK in 2010 she has worked with the Club of Rome, the European Commission, and as a freelance journalist, and set up a project to publicise the situation of civil society in Least Developed Countries.

She graduated in Philosophy and Theology (!) from Nottingham University, received an M.Litt. in Moral Philosophy from Glasgow University, and a Diploma in Social Administration from the LSE. Her current passions are climate change, sustainable development, social and economic policy and trade and development.

When not busy with these, she enjoys walking, playing music (violin and piano) and has recently started making patchworks and quilts.

Alex Beatty

Communications Assistant

Alex is an economics undergraduate at Goldsmiths and experienced bartender / whisk(e)y enthusiast. 

She also works with the Women in Economics initiative, carrying out research to improve gender diversity within the field, and is working with Goldsmiths to improve the appeal of economics to students who are people of colour, women, and/or state-educated. 

She is planning to continue her career with focusses on labour and climate economics, alongside furthering diversity in economic thought and conversation. Her other interests include learning to code, foreign languages, running, and playing the drums. 

Jakaria Uddin

Programme Support

Jakaria is a Programme Support Specialist at Promoting Economic Pluralism. He assists with ideation for the Festival for Change as well as developing new initiatives to promote the Mint Magazine to further and higher educational institutions.

Jakaria is reading Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, exploring the fields of economics, law and policy.

Growing up in Hackney, his interests lie in the nexus of development, technology and policy. As an advocate for social innovation, he is actively involved as a Quality and Impact Officer at Shaping Horizons, a social enterprise under the aegis of the University.

He is affiliated with social mobility, having a participatory role as an Alumni Advisor for the Sutton Trust, along with the SMF, The Access Project, upReach, The Brokerage among other organisations.

Apart from tutoring in his spare time, his creative outlet includes playing table tennis, long walks and exploring synergies in the field of STEM and economics.