Professor Steve Keen is taking to crowdfunding to continue his alternative economics research

Could Patreon and other crowdfunding platforms like it enable professional scholars to leave the world of academia? That’s what Steve Keen, an economics author and professor at Kingston University in London, is trying to find out. The professor, who has a YouTube following of more than 10,000, has announced a new Patreon campaign with the intention of offsetting part of his salary.

Keen is trying to raise $10,000 a month, which he says would allow him to partially step away from his role at the University to focus on writing the third edition of his popular book Debunking Economics, as well as writing new papers on the role of energy in economics and producing more content for his YouTube channel.

Keen, a self-proclaimed “academics rebel,” is famed for being one of the few economists who correctly predicted the economic downturn of 2008 years before it happened. The professor says that while he has done his best up to this point to gather support from colleagues, universities no longer provide the resources needed for alternative economics research, opting instead to develop mainstream theories.

“Universities have been starved of research funding over the years, and buried under bureaucratic controls,” he says. “They no longer provide the time and freedom they once gave to original thinkers like me.”

“It’s so bad now that the best way for me to have the time and resources to build a new economics is to leave the University sector, and get supported directly by the public.”

To date, Keen has reached over $1,975/month of his $10,000/month goal. Supporters can choose to back the professor for as little as $1 a month, which grants access to exclusive videos, blogs and podcasts.

Steve Keen Patreon Campaign

Could Patreon and other crowdfunding platforms like it enable professional scholars to leave the world of academia? That’s what Steve Keen, an economics author and professor at Kingston University in London, is trying to find out. The professor, who has a YouTube following of more than 10,000, has announced a new Patreon campaign with the intention of offsetting part of his salary.

Keen is trying to raise $10,000 a month, which he says would allow him to partially step away from his role at the University to focus on writing the third edition of his popular book Debunking Economics, as well as writing new papers on the role of energy in economics and producing more content for his YouTube channel.