About PEP

We are seeking to create and support spaces for diverse voices, perspectives and approaches to understanding 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:

  • Co-creating an international accreditation system for masters courses that take a pluralist approach to economic teaching. This is aimed at building the profile of innovative teaching to influence economic teaching more broadly;
  • Publishing The Mint Magazine aimed at a non-academic audience which features leading new economic thinkers and provides a range of perspectives and approaches to understand our economies; and
  • Holding events to encourage discussion of the range of perspectives on different economic issues; and
  • Providing consultancy services through our subsidiary New Economic Knowledge Services.

We are also developing work on the practicalities of building a stakeholder economy with a major conference on the 20th September.

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.

Ian Harwood

City macro-economist and Councillor at the Society of Business Economics, and PEP Trustee

"The current economic paradigm remains unfit for purpose despite widespread pressure for reform from both students and employers. Employers have argued - and continue to argue - that the teaching of Economics at the undergraduate level needs to be radically reformed with the adoption of a pluralist approach constituting an essential ingredient”

Ian Harwood has worked as a practising macro-economist in the City of London since the late 1970s. He was Chief Economist of SG Warburg (1986-94) and, subsequently, Dresdner Kleinwort (1994-2008). His work was highly regarded by investors worldwide, and Ian took first place in Global Economics in the annual Extel survey each year from 1997 to 2007.

More recently, Ian has devoted his time to serving as an adviser to a wide-ranging clutch of financial, charitable and higher educational institutions. He is currently economic consultant to Redburn and investment adviser to MS-Amlin, the BAE and Mineworkers’ pension schemes and Saranac Partners. He is also a Trustee of the UBS Pension scheme and the Investment Member of the Advisory Board of Greenwich Hospital, the Royal Navy charity.

He contributes to the governance of a number of universities and was a Visiting Professor at Greenwich University from 2010 to 2013.

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.

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

Teresa Linzner

Research and Communications Officer

Teresa is an experienced researcher with an academic background in both Economics and Philosophy. She obtained a BSc in Economics and a BA in Philosophy in Vienna before completing an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at the LSE.

Throughout her studies she has been a passionate advocate for pluralism in Economics and interdisciplinarity in academia. Research on economic thought, justice and the distribution of income and wealth have always been of particular interest to her. Moreover, she has extensively worked on philosophy of language and received various scholarships and grants.

Born in Austria, but also having lived in France, Mexico, Portugal and the UK, she speaks five languages fluently and has worked as a translator of scientific writings. She has got further work experience in project management, sales and teaching and has served as board-member and co-founder of a student-run newspaper and think-tank in Austria.

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.