Following the last blog about my work on banking systems change in Scotland, it’s been a good ol’ whirlwind. Between trying to pin down my full first draft (nearly there!), meet with colleagues about the on-going strategy around the SNIB process, looking after my wee boy, preparing for some freelance work on green finance and getting ready for the upcoming semester of teaching, plus applying for BBC and AHRC New Generation Thinkers scheme and my upcoming (and final) APR…the ESRC have been collecting evidence in order to write up an impact case study on my work on ‘Banking for the Common Good’ which you can find here.
This is very exciting for me, as it is not super common for an early career researcher, nevermind a PhD student to be able to have an impact case study written about their work. Obviously the impact is based on a number of collaborations and a lot of hard work from a lot of people – Ric, Ben, Christine, Josh, Laurie, Matthew, Fionn to name a few, and Mariana Mazzucato to who has been pushing behind the scenes at the Council of Economic Advisors.
I am proud however that the initial piece of work came from my reaching out to colleagues at Friends of the Earth Scotland, Common Weal, NEF and Move Your Money, and I believe that, for me, my crucial input was to take all these disparate strands of needs, wants, and research about different elements of the banking system and bring it together into a cohesive whole. The aim of the first report was to prove the need and feasibility of tackling systemic banking reform, and to bring it back onto the political agenda and on that, I do think that we have succeeded.
Special kudos goes to Laurie and Ben and Ric in particular for taking up the baton and pushing the initial report further into specifics with the Blueprint which dug down into a level of detail not possible in the initial report and which definitely proved the case for a SNIB.
I was wondering the other day why I hadn’t inputted into that process, until I remembered that I was 7 months pregnant when we launched Banking for the Common Good and that I spent that summer in a confusion of recovery, feeding, worrying about Brexit, and figuring out who this small being was and how to best look after him! On that note, I am also proud to say that he came with me, with Colin’s support, to the launch of both reports in the House of Commons and, in an effort to normalise breastfeeding, here I am *just* before the launch, giving a 4 month old Finn his lunch in committee room 21. Who says women can’t make change. Not me.
Anyway, to wrap up, becoming a mother and doing this work have been an intertwined journey for me, and I am so pleased that I have been able and privileged (through the support of the ESRC) to be able to focus my work in such a way that it has had some impact in ‘real life’ – which is fundamentally the reason I wanted to do a PhD in the first place.
Now, back to the thesis, of which I have to finish my introduction before moving on to the conclusion, and then putting it together into one, big, document!
Onwards and upwards.