(born August 11, 1928), a British-born political and economic thinker and activist, became an independent writer and speaker in 1974 after an early career as a British civil servant.
He studied Greats at Balliol College, Oxford from 1946 to 1950 where he played cricket and rugby union, and ran cross-country for the University.
After serving on British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s staff during his "Wind of Change" tour of Africa in 1960, Robertson spent three years in the Cabinet Office. Following that he became Director of inter-bank research for the big British banks.
In the mid-1980s Robertson was a prominent co-founder with his wife, Alison Pritchard, of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) and the New Economics Foundation. He is a member of Feasta and a patron of SANE (South Africa New Economics Foundation), which was set up following his visit there in 1996.
In October 2003, at the XXIX annual conference of the Pio Manzu Research Centre, Rimini, Italy (closely associated with the UN), he was awarded a gold medal for his "remarkable contribution to the promotion of a new economics grounded in social and spiritual values" over the past 25 years.
Robertson's recent books include:
- Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age (co-written with Joseph Huber) (New Economics Foundation, 2000)
- Beyond The Dependency Culture (Adamantine/Praeger, 1998)
- The Transformation of Economic Life (Schumacher Briefing No 1, Green Books, 1998)
- A New Economics of Sustainable Development, a "Briefing for Policymakers" written for the European Commission in 1997 (Kogan Page, 1999).
He and his wife live in Oxfordshire.