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 06-08 March 2018 / ExCeL, London

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Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms

political economist, environmentalist and co-founder, New Weather Institute
Andrew Simms is a political economist, environmentalist and co-founder of the New Weather Institute. He is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, where he was policy director for over a decade. During that time he founded the NEF’s work programme on climate change, energy and interdependence, instigated their ‘Great Transition’ project, and ran work on local economies  coining the term ‘clone towns’ to describe the homogenisation of  high streets by chain stores. His books include ‘Tescopoly’ on Tesco’s dominance of the grocery market, ‘Ecological Debt: the Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations’, the co-authored ‘The New Economics’, ‘Eminent Corporations: the Rise and Fall of the Great British Corporation,’ and ‘Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?’.  The ‘Green New Deal’ was a joint policy response to the financial crisis and he devised the concept of ‘ecological debt day’ to illustrate when in the year we begin living beyond our environmental means. He was described by New Scientist Magazine as 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking’ and his current work focuses on the dynamics of achieving rapid economic transition in the time frame dictated by meeting climate change targets, and the challenge of giving new economic narratives cultural currency.  His latest book ‘Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity’ is manifesto of new economic possibilities. He tweets at: @andrewsimms_uk  w: www.newweather.org
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