Kate Raworth

«Circular economy is one of the most direct and dynamic ways of bringing economic activity back within planetary boundaries. But if we want it to help bring us over the social foundation, we also need to think about the social implications of adopting circular economy business models and government policies». Associate researcher and professor at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, the economist Kate Raworth has directed her scientific work towards the formation of a conceptual apparatus that is able to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. A member of the Club of Rome and several advisory committees, she is an active user of Twitter, has written for "The Guardian", "The New Statesman", "Newsweek.com" and "Wired.com" and she has been a consultant for radio broadcasts by the BBC, the BBC World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as for television shows (CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC). In her work "Donut Economics" (2017) she dismantled some paradigms that govern current patterns of development, echoing the most avant-garde research in behavioural economics, ecology and Earth Sciences. To this end, she has extended the concept of "planetary boundaries", coined by Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a group of eminent scientists, creating the "doughnut of planetary and social boundaries", a circular diagram to detect the interconnection between the availability of resources, environmental impact, economic growth and social justice, essential for the maintenance of the planet in a relatively stable state.

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