Grace Blakeley, is a research Fellow for the Commission on Economic Justice at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the economics commentator at The New Statesman. She also sits on the Labour Party's National Policy Forum.
As a journalist, economist and campaigner, Grace specialises in international economics and macro economic policy, with a particular focus on financial regulation, regional economics, housing and infrastructure, and advocating for radical policies to transform our economy.
She has authored several reports for the IPPR, including “On Borrowed Time: Finance and the UK's Current Account Deficit”, “Fair Dues: Rebalancing Business Taxation in the UK” and “Paying for our Progress: How the Northern Powerhouse can be Financed and Funded”. In September 2019, Grace publishes her first book, about the financialisation of the British economy, “Stolen: How Finance Destroyed our Economy and Corrupted our Politics” (PenguinRandomHouse).
Educated at Lord Wandsworth College and the comprehensive Sixth Form College, Farnborough, Grace graduated from Oxford in 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, after which she studied for a master's degree in African Studies.
Having completed her education, Grace joined KPMG's Public Sector and Healthcare Practice as a management consultant. She then spent a year working on regional economic policy for IPPR North in Manchester before relocating to London.
Grace Blakeley’s research has been discussed in publications such as the Independent, the New Statesman and Novara Media, where she has a regular column. She regularly appears on television and radio as an economic commentator, including The Today Programme, BBC Breakfast, Politics Live, Question Time, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and This Week.
Grace believes in the importance of working on social infrastructure, investing in people through housing, education and health care. Which are just as important as transport and energy in allowing people to fulfil not just their economic potential but their social potential.
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