This is the website of Kate Raworth – renegade economist and development re-thinker. My passion is the rewriting of economics to make it fit for addressing the 21st century’s unprecedented social and ecological challenges.
My forthcoming book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, will be published on 6 April 2017 by Penguin Random House in the UK and by Chelsea Green in the US, and soon after in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Japanese.
Economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rational for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools we use to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then – or more like disaster – that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date, but still dominate decision-making for the future.
Instead of mere criticising the past, Doughnut Economics takes the long view forward, identifying seven insights to help the 21st century economist bring humanity into the global sweet spot (shaped like a doughnut) that combines human prosperity with ecological sustainability. It hand picks the best emergent ideas – ranging from ecological, feminist, behavioural and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science – to reveal the insights of eclectic economic re-thinkers.