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James Robertson

February 3, 2011

James Robertson spent three years in the Cabinet Office, before setting up and heading an Inter-Bank Research Organisation for the big British banks for five years. During that time he led a team reporting on the future of London as a financial centre and was an adviser to the House of Commons Procedure Committee on parliamentary scrutiny of public expenditure and taxation.

In the mid 1980s he his wife, Alison Pritchard, were co-founders of the New Economics Foundation and The Other Economic Summit (TOES ), publishing The Sane Alternative which is as relevant today as it was then. Some of his books have also been published in French, Russian and Japanese.

The Forward Studies Unit (or Cellule de Prospective) of the European Commission commissioned his briefing for policy makers: The New Economics of Sustainable Development”, published in book form as a Schumacher Briefing in 1997.

Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age [2000] was written with Joseph Huber, who is a professor of economic and environmental sociology at Martin Luther University, Halle. 

James has had fellowships at Green College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Environment, Ethics & Society (OCEES), Mansfield College.

In 2003 he was awarded a gold medal at the XX1X Annual Conference of the Pio Manzu International Research Centre in Italy, with a citation for his “remarkable contribution to the promotion of a new economics grounded in social and spiritual values” signed and presented by Mikhail Gorbachev, president of the Centre’s International Scientific Committee.

He continues to “work for a Sane Alternative, with particular emphasis on the need to transform the money system from a central part of our problems into a central part of their solution”. Read more on his website.



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