We’re absolutely delighted that Kate Raworth will kick off a series of guest seminars for the MSc Global Prosperity students on 3 October. Kate is a leading voice in alternative economics, who has started a ‘guerilla revolution’ to flip current economic thinking on its head and bring it up to speed with 21st century challenges such as climate change and global inequalities.

Kate is the creator of the doughnut of social and planetary boundaries which, since being published by Oxfam in 2012, has gained widespread international recognition and influence in reframing sustainable development, including shaping the United Nations’ post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. She is currently writing Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, to be published by Random House in early 2017.

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Kate is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and ManagementOver the past two decades, she was senior researcher at Oxfam, co-author of the UN Human Development Report and a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute in Zanzibar.

Her alternative perspective on economics provides students with both new challenges and as sense of purpose for their discipline. Kate’s questions are both piercing and stimulating, insisting that we bring our whole selves into the conversation.

Imagine if each of put our on lives on this doughnut table and asked ourselves: How does the way that I shop, eat, travel, earn a living, vote, volunteer, bank affect humanity’s ability to come into the doughnut? What if every company when it sat down to do its business strategy sat down around this doughnut table and said to itself: ‘Is our brand a doughnut brand?

We’re thrilled that Kate will challenge us on 3 October to extend our thinking to the level of our planetary boundaries and join the guerilla revolution to change the model that is at the heart of current economic thinking – which puts money rather than human well-being at the centre of economics.