About us


New Economics Foundation was founded in 1986. We aim to create a new economy that by 2040 works for people and within environmental limits. With a reputation for high quality socio-economic research, consultancy and training, we help organisations in their transition to a new, sustainable and socially-inclusive economy, across the UK and internationally. We do this through:

Policy and research: Producing original, rigorous and creative research, and developing policy solutions shaped by the lived experience of those at the sharp end of the old economy.

Transforming local economies: Supporting practical, on-the-ground projects that devolve power to communities, and improve wellbeing and sustainability.

Organising and movement building: Working alongside people, community groups, activists and organisations to build a movement for economic change.

Consultancy: Helping organisations to think differently about environmental and social impact, and how they collaborate, interact and make decisions.

Working with other organisations, NEF aims to create a new economy that works for people and within environmental limits. We are guided by three missions:

  1. A new social settlement which will ensure people are paid well, have more time off to spend with their families, and have access to the things we all need for a decent life.
  2. A Green New Deal: a plan for government-led investment to reduce the carbon we emit and massively boost nature, while creating a new generation of jobs.
  3. The democratic economy: we need to devolve state power and transform ownership of the economy to give us all an equal stake in the places where we live and work.

Underpinning all three missions is an acknowledgement that the rules and institutions that shape our economy are not forces of nature beyond our control, but have been designed by people. Over the past 40 years, they have been redesigned in favour of the market rather than people and planet. In little more than a decade, we must redesign them again.



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