Future-forming interdisciplinary research

Stewart Wallis


Stewart is an Honorary Professor and is working with ISF to develop work on the socioeconomics of the Anthropocene.

Stewart stepped down as Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) as of January 2016, after 12 years.  NEF is the UK’s leading think tank in promoting social, economic, and environmental justice. He is now leading a major initiative to create a global New Economics Movement.

Following graduation in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Stewart’s completed a Master’s Degree in Business & Economics at London Business School.  He spent seven years with the World Bank, in Washington DC, working on industrial and financial development in East Asia.  He then worked for Robinson Packaging, in Derbyshire, UK, for nine years (the last five years as Managing Director), leading a successful business turnaround before joining Oxfam GB in 1992 as International Director, responsible for all Oxfam’s emergency, development and policy work worldwide.  He was awarded the O.B.E. for services to Oxfam in 2002.

Stewart continues to be an advocate for a New Economic System and is leading a major new initiative to create a global New Economics Movement, WeAll. He is also on the Board of the New Economy Coalition (NEC), in the USA; is a Fellow of the Club of Rome; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values and Technology. He is working  with the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University to help develop their planned work on the socioeconomics of the Anthropocene and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Lancaster in December 2016. He is a Trustee of the Devon Community Foundation and the Network of Wellbeing and is working in Devon with a group of New Economic Practitioners to create a new organisation focused on economic security for all in Devon.

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  1. Dear Stewart.
    I have followed most of your ideas since your article ‘The Great Transition Initiative’. I also believe, like David Korten that you must have a vision before you can get to it. Your ‘Story’. The story must have a consensus, and I should like mine to be argued about to help build this Vision. Please let me have a way of contacting you so that I can send you some of my ideas. Michael Gill