Molly Scott Cato is Professor of Strategy and Sustainability in the Business School. She is a green economist who is also well-known in the field of co-operative studies. Molly’s first area of work is into the green economy, addressing the question of how we might design and organise an economy that fits comfortably within planetary limits and achieves social justice.
Her second main area of work addresses the theory of the economics of co-operatives and social enterprises and in particular the concept of social entrepreneurship.
Her third area of work involves critiquing the existing monetary system and suggesting sustainable and stable alternatives. The link between the growth imperative that drives the environmental crisis and the debt-based nature of the existing money system is a central tenet of green economics.
In May 2014 she was elected Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England.