Dr. Johnna Montgomerie, Lecturer in Economics, Political Economy Research Centre (PERC), Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published widely on financialisation and household debt, she is the lead author of The Politics of Indebtedness: A Public Interest Report and principle investigator for the ESRC Knowledge Exchange ‘Crafting an Alternative Politics of Debt’ and ESRC Seminar Series ‘From Recovery to Discovery’ her latest articles are “Round the Houses: Homeownership the failures of asset-based welfare in the UK” and “America’s Debt Safety-net”.
The rise of mental health problems cannot be understood in narrowly medical terms, an economy driven by debt (and prone to problem debt at the level of households) will have a predisposition towards rising rates of depression. This research looks beyond the statistics to understand how individuals describe the experience of being deeply in debt and the related health and social problems.
Drawing on a wide range of academic and non-academic experts, this collection of essays explores the changes that need to happen in our understanding and analysis of the UK economy. Authors speak to the groundswell of interest in wrestling ‘the economy’ away from elite policy circles and developing a new collaborative research agenda where the economy is a human, rather than abstract, endeavour.