Writing

I am the economics editor at openDemocracy and have written for various other outlets including the Guardian, New Statesman, Tribune, Jacobin, IPPR Progressive Review, Evonomics and more. I also frequently comment on economic issues in the media.

All my writing is archived on this website, and can be navigated by category or date on the right hand side of this page.

If you would like to commission me for writing or other media work then please email laurie.macfarlane18@gmail.com


Research

I have led numerous research projects at organisations including the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, New Economics Foundation (NEF), Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Common Wealth, Scottish Trades Union Congress, Scottish Land Commission, and Tax Justice UK.

A sample of my research and policy work can be found below. If you would like to commission me to undertake research or policy work please contact laurie.macfarlane18@gmail.com

  • ‘Pandemic Profits Who’s cashing in during Covid?’ (2021). Tax Justice UK. Available here.
  • ‘Greening Public Finance: The UK’s public finance ecosystem and the net zero transition’ (2021). New Economics Foundation. Available here.
  • ‘Who is winning from Covid-19?’ (2021). Scottish Trades Union Congress. Available here.
  • ‘Charting a Just and Sustainable Recovery for Scotland; A Plan for Scotland’s Programme for Government’ (2020). Common Wealth. Available here.
  • ‘Who wins and who pays? Rentier power and the Covid crisis’ (2020) Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Available here.
  • ‘Land for the Many’ (2019) A report to the Labour Party. Available here.
  • ‘Building a New Public Banking Ecosystem’ (2019) A report to the Labour Party’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell MP.  Available here.
  • ‘A mission-oriented framework for the Scottish National Investment Bank’ (2019) UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Available here.
  • ‘New Thinking for the British Economy (2019) openDemocracy. Available here.
  • ‘State investment banks and patient finance: An international comparison’ (2018) UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Available here.
  • ‘The role of patient finance in mission-oriented innovation: the market shaping role of state investment banks’ (2018) Available here.
  • ‘Patient strategic finance: opportunities for state investment banks in the UK’ (2017) UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. Available here.
  • ‘The housing land market in Scotland: A discussion paper’ (2017) Scottish Land Commission. Available here.
  • ‘Still exposed: The UK’s Financial system in the era of Brexit’ (2017) New Economics Foundation. Available here.
  • ‘How to Fix the Housing Crisis: Take Land Seriously’ (2017) New Economics Foundation. Available here.
  • ‘Making Money from Making Money: Seigniorage in the Modern Economy’ (2017) New Economics Foundation. Available here.
  • ‘Seigniorage in the 21st Century: A Study of the Profits from Money Creation in the United Kingdom and Denmark’ (2017) Available at SSRN.
  • ‘Blueprint for Scottish National Investment Bank’ (2016) New Economics Foundation/Common Weal. Available here.
  • ‘Taking Control of RBS: People-powered banking that puts communities first’ (2016) New Economics Foundation. Available here.
  • ‘Back to the Future: Why the Revival of Securitisation Threatens Our Economy’ (2016) New Economics Foundation
  • ‘The Great British Sell Off’ (2016) We Own It. Available here.
  • ‘Investing in the Good Society’ (2013) Jimmy Reid Foundation. Available here.