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 builds the case for major structural and institutional changes to prepare our economy for a resource-constrained (and possibly growth-constrained) future. Specifically, I argue that environmental protections must go hand in hand with measures to diffuse rentier power and redistribute economic rents. Such an approach allows us to mitigate the threats of economic instability, inequality and insecurity that could otherwise arise from scaling down our consumption – helping to meet the needs of all today, without compromising our planet’s capacity to support the needs of tomorrow.

To date I have focussed on proposals for tackling rent-seeking and rent extraction in the land and housing market. These are set out in Land For The Many, a report I co-authored for the Labour Party.

I enjoy teaching and lecturing, for the Sustainable Cities MSc and the Ecological Economics MSc here at Leeds, as well as (previously) at Masaryk University, Roehampton University and the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Graduate School.

I have a background campaigning on financial reform (e.g. initiating and convening the Transforming Finance conference and network in 2013 and the Just Banking conference in 2012) and on climate change and energy policy (e.g. I directed the satire about carbon offsetting Cheat Neutral, sourced archive for The Age of Stupid, and worked at 10:10 and Friends of the Earth Scotland).

I am a member of the Post-Growth Economics Network, and Wellbeing Economy Alliance's research fellows network.

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

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute