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Laurie Macfarlane is an economist and writer based in Edinburgh. He is currently Economics Editor at openDemocracy, a global media platform which exists to challenge power, encourage intelligent debate and promote the values of human rights, democracy and economic justice. Prior to this Laurie was Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. He has also worked as an economist with various UK and Scottish government agencies, and with the Scottish think tank Common Weal.

He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing, which was described by the Financial Times as “a lucid exposition of the dysfunctional British housing market”. He has written extensively on issues of financial reform, housing, inequality, innovation and technology for outlets including the Guardian and the New Statesman, and has appeared as an economic analyst on a number of major broadcasters.

He is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, which focuses on how public policy can be used to direct innovation to tackle societal and technological challenges. He also serves on the advisory board of Protect Our Future, an organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable public investment in Scotland, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).