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 // September 10, 2015

ScotPound: digital currency for the common good

A new socially inclusive payment system for Scotland


Blog post // August 12, 2015

Strategic Quantitative Easing – public money for public benefit

Bypassing financial markets to spend public money on homes, roads and energy More

Blog post // July 11, 2015

What Barclays’ latest sacking tells us about banking reform

NEF's Josh Ryan-Collins writes for the Guardian Sustainable Business: More