POSTED: December 21, 2017

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

Lecture by Kate Raworth
Wednesday, 7 February 2018—Guildford, University of Surrey

Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the need of all within the means of the planet. Kate Raworth argues that last-century’s economic theories will in no way equip us for it. Instead, it’s time for some serious rethinking. The Doughnut is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge. Conceptualised as a convening space for debate, it is based on the planetary boundaries framework, adding to it the demands of social justice — and so bringing social and environmental concerns together.

In her CUSP lecture, Kate Raworth is making a compelling plea for rethinking economic teaching, discussing the history and language of economics and the influence of Tim Jackson’s work on her own thinking.


Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on exploring what planetary and social boundaries imply for rethinking the concept of economic development. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate teaching at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Over the last two decades Kate has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist was published in Spring 2017 and quickly became an international best-seller. Kate is part of our advisory committee.


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