Publications

I’ve written a number of political and policy briefings, evidence submissions, etc over the years.

I’m gradually populating this section – below is where I’ve got to so far.

Let this section also stand as an appeal to organisations I’ve done research for to not junk their entire site archives.

  • Reprotecting Europe (2019)
    Is it feasible to deregulate whilst also acting on the climate crisis? Not really, is the conclusion of this major report (NEF/EEB). I was lead author, in partnership with the European Environmental Bureau. It was the culmination of a 3-year research and mobilisation project to build opposition in Brussels, France and Germany to national and European programmes of environmental deregulation. …
  • Trust in Transition (2019)
    How can we build common cause between labour unions and climate campaigners on the future of high-carbon work? I was lead author on a major report from the New Economics Foundation. Trust in Transition was well received by energy unions (for example) – who have historically been disappointed at the lack of empathy and engagement from those whose campaign demands …
  • Re-energising Manufacturing (2019)
    I was lead author on a report commissioned by the Scottish Green Party – what the Scottish Government could do to support more green manufacturing jobs. NEF link: https://neweconomics.org/uploads/files/NEF_Re-energising-manufacturing_Nov.pdf “The Scottish Government should match its aspirations to be a world leader on climate action with more direct support for domestic manufacturing for its future renewables growth. This means acting both …
  • The price is right… or is it? The case for taxing plastic (2018)
    A report about why one should, and how one could, put a tax on plastic. Commisioned by Zero Waste Europe and written for an EU policy audience. This report turned out to be a big hit in Germany. I was shipped over to the Reichstag to present it to German MPs. In German. Which I don’t really speak. Which was …
  • Social care as a local economic solution (2017)
    What would happen if you thought about social care as a way to revitalise local economies, rather than drain them? In a departure from my usual domain I wrote this report for NEF (2017) in partnership with Localise West Midlands. It was fascinating. A focus on new models of care could be a win-win in difficult times. To be clear: …
  • Sustainability and Treasury: evidence to Parliament
    I led a campaign for a couple of years to get the Treasury taking sustainability seriously, and one of its big results was getting the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee to run an inquiry into it. Here’s the evidence I submitted. (on Parliament website) The Treasury’s overriding prioritisation of economic growth at the expense of environmental and social goals is a …