Beth Stratford

Beth Stratford

Profile

I am an ESRC-funded PhD student here at Leeds, a fellow at the New Economics Foundation, and a co-founder of the London Renters Union.

My PhD research focusses on the big structural and institutional changes that are needed to avoid debt crises, inequality and unemployment in a resource-constrained (and likely growth-constrained) future. Specifically, I argue that environmental protections must go hand in hand with measures to diffuse rentier power and socialise economic rents. Such a reduction and redistribution in economic rents could be emancipatory for millions of asset-poor people, whilst facilitating many core planks of the ecological transition, including working time reduction and resource caps.

I lecture on drivers and solutions to the housing crisis for the Sustainable Cities MSc and on the debate around monetary reform for the Ecological Economics MSc here at Leeds.

I am a member of both the Post-Growth Economics Network, and WeEAll's research fellows network.

My background is in:

Research interests

  • Post-growth Political Economy 
  • Land and housing market reform
  • Money and Finance (particular Minksy's financial instability hypothesis; the debate around monetary reform)
  • Values, motivation and behaviour (particularly the theoretical and empirical work underpinning the Common Cause agenda)
  • The debate around the valuation of 'nature'

Qualifications

  • MSc in Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services, University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Social Research Methods, University of Roehampton
  • BA (Hons) in Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge