Elizabeth Cox is an economist who leads the new economic foundation’s (nef) UK and international local economic development work. Her projects range from research identifying the loss of diversity on UK high streets (Clone Town) to design and delivery of action research on enterprise and local economic development in support of practical community action in the UK and internationally (BizFizz, Local Alchemy, Plugging the Leaks) to developing approaches to help public bodies to commission and procure more sustainably. New areas of research include developing a low carbon, high well-being economic development model as well as community action on energy use and generation. Prior to joining nef in 2003 Elizabeth worked as an economist in South America for four years and as a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. She has an M.Phil. in Economic Development.