This is the website of Kate Raworth – renegade economist and development re-thinker. My passion is the rewriting of economics to make it a fit tool for addressing the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges.
I am currently exploring this by writing a book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, to be published in early 2017 by Random House in the UK and Chelsea Green in the US.
Mainstream economics – as taught in universities, debated in the media, and put into practice by governments – is based on outdated theories and flawed assumptions, leaving it dangerously ill-equipped for guiding us today. Alternative approaches – including ecological, feminist, and evolutionary economics, along with systems thinking and Earth-system science – have valuable insights if we are to achieve human rights and well-being for all within the means of this one planet. It’s time to put these insights at the heart of a new economic toolkit.
This website explores what economic development should look like – and how to measure it – in the face of planetary boundaries and extreme social inequalities. Should we turn to green growth, de-growth, or beyond-growth economics to get us there?