Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor at the University of Northumbria, where she taught social theory. She has published extensively on gender and the environment, social, green and feminist economics and the democratisation of money as a public resource.
Throughout her academic career, Mary has been concerned with the need for social change. Her initial research area was the social economy, with a focus on cooperatives. In the 1980s, her exploration of the ecofeminist movement resulted in two books, Breaking the Boundaries and Feminism and Ecology. In the 1990s, she developed her current area of interest, alternative economics, combining environmental, socialist, and feminist ideas. This led to a fundamental rethinking of how current economies function, particularly with regard to the role of money, manifest in the books The Politics of Money (co-authored), The Future of Money, and Debt or Democracy. Her new book Money, published with Bristol University Press, is a more historical take on the issue of money.