New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the UK's leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our aim is to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet.

The UK and most of the world's economies are increasingly unsustainable, unfair and unstable. It is not even making us any happier – many of the richest countries in the world do not have the highest wellbeing.

From climate change to the financial crisis it is clear the current economic system is not fit for purpose. We need a great transition to a new economics that can deliver for people and the planet.

NEF's mission is to kick-start the move to a new economy through big ideas and fresh thinking. We do this through:

  • High quality, ground-breaking research that shows what is wrong with the current economy and how it can be better

  • Demonstrating the power of our ideas by putting them into action

  • Working with other organisations in the UK and across the world, to build a movement for economic change

NEF is fully independent of any political party. We rely on donations and help from our thousands of supporters to effect social change.


Featured NEF projects

Looking through the wellbeing kaleidoscope

The ultimate aim of policy making should be to improve people’s wellbeing. Drawing on evidence from across Europe, this report explores new ways in which policy can support and encourage high levels of wellbeing, using data from the European Social Survey.

Five headline indicators of national success

Secure, well-paid work. High levels of life satisfaction. Effective public services. A fair, prosperous economy. Most Britons share the same vision of national success – but why don’t our measures of progress?