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  • 11 March 2020

    GCPH Seminar Series 16: Lecture 3 - Katherine Trebeck

    Location: 200SVS, 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RQ
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    Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm

    Katherine Trebeck

    Policy and Knowledge Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

    In collaboration with our colleagues from Economic Development at Glasgow City Council, we are delighted that Katherine will deliver this seminar in which she will outline the story of the growing wellbeing economy movement and explore what a shift to a wellbeing economy entails. She will suggest a wellbeing economy demands a bolder ambition than many social and environmental ideas being offered and will reflect on the scope for the necessary transition to be realised.

    Drawing on her most recent book, ‘The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy’ (co-authored with Jeremy Williams), Katherine will ask ‘what do we want from economic growth?’; and ‘what sort of a society are we aiming for?’

    She will outline that in everyday economics, there is no such thing as enough, or too much, growth. Yet in the world’s most developed countries, growth has already brought unrivalled prosperity: we have ‘arrived’. More than that, through debt, inequality, climate change and fractured politics, the fruits of growth may rot before everyone has a chance to enjoy them. She will argue that it is time to ask where progress is taking us, and are we nearly there yet? Katherine will propose that the challenge now is to make ourselves at home with this wealth, to ensure, in the interests of equality, that everyone is included and will urge us to move from enlarging the economy to improving it, and the benefits this would bring for all.

    Katherine is Policy and Knowledge Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB - as a Senior Researcher for the Global Research Team, UK Policy Manager, and Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam Scotland. Katherine instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments; developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index; and led Oxfam’s work on a ‘human economy’. She was Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Shared Societies and Sustainability and sits on a range of advisory groups, including for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and the Omina Foundation. Katherine has Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Politics and holds a PhD in Political Science from ANU. She is Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in January 2019.

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