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. He is also an Research Associate at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, where his research focuses on how public banks and other forms of public finance can promote long-term investment and mission-orientated policy around the world. 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.
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 a commentator on a number of major broadcasters.