Doughnut Economics is out!

It’s been quarter a century in the making – ever since the day I stepped into my first university Economics lecture back in 1990 – but Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is now out (well, it’s officially published tomorrow, 6 April, but it’s been spotted in bookshops from London to New York to Hong Kong to Singapore, so I call that out…).

Here’s the book trailer, just to whet your appetite.

And if you want the low-down on the core messages of Doughnut Economics – those seven ways to think – then they are set out here in my brand new blog for Open Democracy.

If you’d like to help make the book fly, please do post about it on Twitter and Facebook, write a review on Amazon, and give a copy of the book to any unsuspecting economics student you know under the age of 95.

Doughnut Economics is available at all good bookshops, published in the UK by Penguin Random House and in the US by Chelsea Green. If you read it, do let me know what you think: this is a conversation and it’s only just beginning. Here’s to rewriting, and redrawing, economics.

26 thoughts on “Doughnut Economics is out!

  1. 5 April 2017 at 12:16

    Congratulations Kate!
    I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading DE which, IMHO, should be required reading for all economics and, more importantly, business people and politicians.
    Best wishes

    1. admin
      5 April 2017 at 12:31

      Thanks Keith – I hope you enjoy it!

  2. 5 April 2017 at 12:36

    Congrats!! Looking forward to read it, but by when will there be a Spanish version? Do you already have a publishing partner for that?

    1. admin
      5 April 2017 at 12:46

      Thanks – yes I do have a Spanish publisher but I’m afraid it won’t be coming out in Spanish quite yet….

      1. 5 April 2017 at 13:30

        And by when a German version will be released?

        1. admin
          5 April 2017 at 13:43

          Hi Hans – the German edition is due to be published at the end of January 2018, and I’ll be touring the book and its ideas in Germany in February 2018.

          1. 5 April 2017 at 14:58

            Great, I’ll take the difference of time as a most welcome opportunity to improve my English (by first reading the original) 😉

  3. 5 April 2017 at 17:28

    Congratulations! I’ve just placed my order.

    I have been using your images in my presentations, helping to promote your work – see


    I wish you all the best on the promotional road!

    1. admin
      6 April 2017 at 10:51

      Great! thank you. The best thing to do with ideas is spread them.

  4. Sarah Marioni
    6 April 2017 at 09:39

    Congratulations Kate! This is a great achievement – and a really important first step in a journey to make the world work better for all …

  5. Natalja Koniochenkova at Gothenburg Opera, Sweden
    6 April 2017 at 09:46

    Are there any plans for a book tour in Scandinavia?

    1. admin
      6 April 2017 at 10:51

      Yes! I’ll be coming to Sweden in early October, just making plans now. I’ll keep them updated on my events page.

  6. keithbadger1
    7 April 2017 at 02:46

    Hi Kate, well done on bringing this project into the world. I’m looking forward to my copy arriving here in Melbourne. Do you have any plans to head down this way? It was great chatting at last year’s Resurgence conference and we would be keen to host you at one of our series of public events.

    Wish you every success with the book…………… Keith

    1. admin
      7 April 2017 at 06:32

      Thanks Keith – I’ll be in Australia in August, mostly visiting family, but will no doubt do some events – look out for them on my events page, and I hope to see you there! Kate

  7. David Love
    12 April 2017 at 19:35

    Will the book be available as an ebook anytime soon?

  8. Giovanna
    14 April 2017 at 03:46

    Professor, are you familiar with the work of the feminist theorist Silvia Federici like her book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation:

    Or the work of Prof. David Greaber, like his book on Debt:

    Or very interesting older book on value theory, Toward An Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams:

    I think that their work can be very interesting and useful to people interested in a new economics.

    1. admin
      14 April 2017 at 19:30

      No, i’ll have to look it up, thanks.

  9. brian
    15 April 2017 at 18:34

    Does your book consider overpopulation as a factor? We may number 10 billion by 2050. Right now 40% of all land is in food production and if we reach 10 billion that amount of land will double.

    1. admin
      15 April 2017 at 23:01

      Yes it does consider population – it is one of the critical determinants of whether or not we can thrive within the safe and just space, precisely for the kind of reason that you describe (others being inequality, technology, governance, aspirations, education, and (of course) economics.

      1. brian
        16 April 2017 at 11:54

        Thank you. I am a socialist, but with constant growth of human numbers, even with equal distribution, eventually there simply won’t be enough to go around.

        1. David Love
          16 April 2017 at 18:53

          Or increased ability for production and equitable distribution means ever increasing population. It’s a conundrum. The more we produce the larger population we support and the more we need to produce. How is that resolved? Return to hunter-gatherers? Doesn’t seem likely.

          1. gerry o'donnell
            1 May 2017 at 12:07

            It’s not a conundrum. “Prosperous” countries have declining populations due to the education and empowerment of women.

  10. 16 April 2017 at 02:36

    Bravo, Kate. I did not have the economics brain to write such a book, nor the persistence and fortitude, but have been saying a very superficial kindergarten version of this for some time. And I also left economics in disgust in the early 80s in Canada when a course in “resource economics” turned into a wholesale praise-song for the oil industry. I’m thrilled to see you publish this, and for it to be spread far and wide. I am doing my part on the latter.

    But please note – you’re really not just calling for a guerrilla campaign to rewrite economics. It’s a campaign to rewrite global governance and the fabric of society – even our own attitudes, ethics, and behaviour. For as you know best of all, these insidious profiteering values have crept into the way we do almost everything. It’s tragic. I work on biodiversity loss and climate change and am painfully aware of how little time we have left to turn this particular Titanic around. So for those people who may not feel they are interested in economics, or in transforming the global economy, let’s snag them with social transformation, governance transformation, ethics rebirth, even spiritual reawakening. Whatever it takes – as it will take all of that. xx

    1. admin
      16 April 2017 at 10:41

      Thanks so much, Phoebe, for your message. Yes, of course it is the transformation of all these things, and there is not much time. Thank you too for helping to spread the book wide – if you fancy leaving a review on Amazon, that would be fantastic (much though I dislike the dominance of Amazon, i know that their customer reviews have powerful influence). All best, Kate

      1. 16 April 2017 at 20:14

        Would have loved to review on Amazon, but have my hands overly full with running an institute and am unlikely to be able to do that before October. If anyone reading this can help, please notify Kate!