Josh Ryan-Collins

Associate Director, Economy and Finance
+44 (0)207 820 6382

Team: Economy & Finance

Josh is Associate Director of the Economy and Finance team at NEF, leading a programme of research into reforming the financial sector and the economy to align with long term interests of society.  The program incorporates research and advocacy in the areas of monetary policy, banking and credit, macroeconomics, the economics of land and housing, finance and ecological sustainability and complementary currency and payment systems. 

Josh’s own research has focused on the impact of money and credit on the macroeconomy. He is the lead author of a NEF’s book “Where Does Money Come From”, which has sold over 4000 copies and is used by growing number of economics departments for undergraduate teaching.  He has authored 15 other reports across a range of economic and social policy areas in his 8 years at NEF.

Josh has also just completed a part-time PhD in economics at the University of Southampton examining the relationship between credit creation by banks and central banks, house prices and economic growth.

Josh is also the co-founder and a former Director of the Brixton Pound (B£), the UK’s first urban local currency based in inner-city south London, which launched in 2009 and now supports over 200 independent small businesses. He played a lead role in introducing a new ‘pay-by-text’ ICT platform to enable local currencies, including those in Brixton and Bristol, to be exchanged via mobile phone.

Previously Josh worked as a marketing consultant, in a strategic communications role for the UK government and for an economic development consultancy.

Publication // April 21, 2016

The financialisation of UK homes

How banks, our land system and government policy are driving the UK housing crisis


Blog post // March 10, 2016

Creating a banking system that works for the people

Scotland presents an opportunity for reform - here's how we take it More

Blog post // February 24, 2016

6 ways the banks have taken back control

How have they managed to fast-track a return to business as usual? More