John Weeks is Professor Emeritus of Development Economics, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. He has advised many international organizations and governments, recently the central bank of Zambia (Bank of Zambia). His books include a theoretical critique of mainstream macro economics, The Irreconcilable Inconsistencies of Neoclassical Macroeconomics (Routledge 2013), and for the general reader The Economics of the 1%: How mainstream economics serves the rich, obscures reality and distorts policy (Anthem 2014). He is a major critic of "austerity" policies in the UK and on the continent, author of the Prime Economics pamphlet Pain, No Gain: the Austerity Scam.
Geoff Tily is both a statistician and economist, and in 2014 became senior macroeconomist at the UK’s Trades Union Congress (TUC). He has a PhD in Keynes’s monetary theory and policies, obtained under the supervision of Professor Victoria Chick at University College London. His PhD became a book: Keynes’s General Theory, the rate of interest and ‘Keynesian’ economics, (Palgrave, 2007) later available in paperback as Keynes Betrayed (Palgrave, 2010). For the majority of his career he worked at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) where he was involved in both the production and interpretation of economic statistics, not least the wonders of the National Accounts. He then moved to the Treasury’s macroeconomic analysis team, before taking up the role at the TUC. A list of Geoff's publications can be found here.
Ozlem Onaran is Professor of Economics and Director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre. She has done extensive research on issues of inequality, wage-led growth, employment, globalization, gender, and crises. She has directed research projects for the International Labour Organisation, the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Science Foundation, and is currently directing projects funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and Union21. She is member of the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, the Scientific Advisory Board ofHans Boeckler Foundation, member of the Coordinating Committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, member of the Policy Advisory Group of the Women’s Budget Group, and a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has more than sixty articles in books and peer reviewed journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Environment and Planning A, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Review of Applied Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Eastern European Economics, and Review of Political Economy.
Jo Michell is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research interests include finance, macroeconomics, money and banking, and income distribution. He has a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London. He co-edited the Handbook of Critical Issues in Finance with Jan Toporowski (Elgar, 2012). He has taken part in two large European Commission-funded research projects, AUGUR and FESSUD, and is currently working on a project funded by the Federation for Progressive European Studies producing global macroeconomic policy projections. In 2014 he was one of the founders of Reteaching Economics, a group of early-career academics dedicated to pluralism in the teaching of economics.
Ann Pettifor's work and writing has concentrated on the international financial architecture, the sovereign debts of the poorest countries, and the rise in sovereign, corporate and private debt in OECD economies. Her latest book, Just Money: how society can break the despotic power of finance was published by Commonwealth in 2014. She is well known for her leadership of an organisation Jubilee 2000, that placed the debts of the poorest countries on the global political agenda, and brought about both substantial debt cancellation, and radical policy changes, at national and international levels. In 2003 she edited the new economics foundation's ‘The Real World Economic Outlook’ (Palgrave) with a prescient sub-title: ‘the legacy of globalisation: debt and deflation’. In 2006 Palgrave published her book: “The coming first world debt crisis”. In 2008 she co-authored “The Green New Deal” and in 2010 co-authored an essay with Professor Victoria Chick: “The economic consequences of Mr. Osborne.”
Jeremy Smith co-Director of PRIME and a barrister by profession, with a strong and sustained interest in political economy. His career has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors. From 1990 to 1996 he was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden, and later worked for local government in the European and international domain. He was Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions from 2002 to 2009. He is an expert in international urban development, as well as EU and national constitutional issues.