Duncan McCann

Researcher, Economy & Finance

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Team: Economy & Finance

Duncan conducts research on the latest developments in monetary policy and complementary currencies – focusing especially on those that are macroeconomically significant and the legal issues they raise. More generally Duncan works on financial and business innovations that aim to create a system whereby money and finance work towards enabling human flourishing within planetary limits.

Duncan joined NEF in 2013 as part of the Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project which aimed to establish greater coherence in theory and practice across this fast developing field of community currencies. The project supported the dissemination and innovation of currency solutions in the public and third sector across Europe, developed an evaluation framework for complementary and community currencies and provided support and training for existing and new currency initiatives.

He contributed to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) inquiry into a sustainable financial system, looking at the potential disruptive innovation in the coming 20 years. Most recently he published a paper proposing a new national complementary currency for Scotland. He is now working on monetary policy and the economics of land.

Duncan holds a law degree as well as a post graduate certificate in the Circular Economy and a masters certificate in project management. Prior to joining NEF he worked for Positive Money on monetary policy reform. The bulk of his work history though is working for large companies, notably Cisco Systems, where he was charged with creating new sustainable business models as well as ensuring compliance to global environmental regulations.

As well as working at NEF, Duncan is on the steering committee of the UN lead Solving the E-Waste Problem, which seeks to analyse existing approaches and e-waste policies in order to issue recommendations for future developments in both the developed and developing world. Duncan is also a founding member of a co-operative baking and catering collective, Hackney Grower’s Kitchen, which seeks to use locally grown seasonal fruit and veg to make delicious food.’

Blog post // July 4, 2016

3 reasons why the Chancellor is wrong to slash tax for businesses

Corporation tax cuts will boost profits for big business, while short-changing the rest of us More

Blog post // May 23, 2016

Three reasons why privatising the Land Registry makes no sense

There's a strong economic case for continued public ownership More

Blog post // May 11, 2016

Anti-corruption summit: the UK’s chance to close down tax havens

Tax havens are damaging and can be abolished - the UK should take the lead More