Personal profile

Research interests

The relation between money system design and sustainability transition. Money as an actant. Differences between General Purpose Money and Special (Limited) Purpose Money. Economic Pluralism. Current research takes place within a 5-year project funded by FORMAS, led by colleagues at Lund University and involving parners in Brazil, Canada and the UK as well as at Maastricht Sustainability Institute, which explores the scope for using Digital (local block-chain-based) Special Purpose Money to help attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support sustainability transitions. 

Research interests

Development of a set of papers to be published in a special feature issue of Sustainability Science on Special Purpose Money, Sustainability and the SDGs. These cover: (i) incompatabilities between General Purpose Money and Sustainability Transitions; (ii) the relationship between GPM, growth of the illegal economy and unsustainable development (together with Professors Ray Hudson and Gabriella Spinelli); (iii) insights from the iLEU (digital SPM) initiative in the context of the UIA-funded SPIRE project; and (iv) a multi level perspective on transitions to economic and monetary pluralism. The issue will be published, Spring 2023.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

1 Oct 197830 Apr 1987

Award Date: 24 Sept 1984

Undergraduate, Department of Geography, University of Durham

1 Oct 197528 Jun 1978

Award Date: 28 Jun 1978

Lund Univ, Lund University, Ctr Sustainabil Studies LUCSUS

1 Jan 201230 Aug 2017

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Durham

1 Jan 199530 Sept 2006

INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration)

1 Jan 199315 Jan 1995

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

1 May 198731 Dec 1992


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Economic Geography
  • Sustainable development
  • Socio-ecological metabolism
  • Sustainability transitions
  • JA Political science (General)
  • Political Economy
  • Sociology of Development
  • Policy innovation
  • HB Economic Theory
  • Institutional economics
  • Monetary innovation