openDemocracyUK welcomes Laurie Macfarlane

openDemocracyUK's new economics editor starts next week.

Adam Ramsay
Adam Ramsay
25 May 2017
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Laurie Macfarlane

Next week, Laurie Macfarlane will start in the new role of openDemocracyUK economics editor. Laurie currently works as senior economist at the New Economics Foundation, and is co-author of the recent and critically acclaimed book ‘Rethinking the economics of land and housing’, described by the Financial Times as “a lucid exposition of the dysfunctional British housing market”.

Laurie has previously worked as an economist with various UK and Scottish government agencies, and with the Scottish think tank Common Weal. He has appeared as an economic analyst on a number of major broadcasters and written for publications including The Guardian, and openDemocracy.

Laurie’s arrival marks an expansion of openDemocracyUK in recent months. He will lead on our ongoing economics coverage, where we are working to get to grips with the long running economic crisis unfolding in Britain and to bring people together to figure out an economic programme for the 21st century. He will also work on the Civil Society Futures project which we are delighted to be playing a key role in, exploring how civil society in England can flourish in a fast changing world, and will be working across oD-UK as we continue to try to get to understand the unfolding crisis in Britain's democracy, its root causes and the injustices which stem from it.

We are excited to have Laurie joining our expanding team.

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The Black Lives Matter movement has renewed demands from activists in the US and around the world seeking compensation for the legacies of slavery and colonialism. But what would a reparative economic agenda practically entail and what models exist around the world?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time (12pm EDT), Thursday 17 June.

Hear from:

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  • Esther Stanford-Xosei: Jurisconsult, Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE).
  • Ronnie Galvin: Managing Director for Community Investment, Greater Washington Community Foundation and Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative.
  • Chair, Aaron White: North American economics editor, openDemocracy
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