23 May 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 UTC

Doughnut Economy

Join us for a seminar on “Doughnut Economy” and a discussion about how environmental challenges such as access to water can be met through “the Doughnut Economy” models.

The great challenge for our generation is how to satisfy the needs of people and societies within existing planetary assets and resources. Kate Raworth, Research Associate at Oxford University, has recently published a book that challenges the traditional economic theories that evolved during the 19th and 20th century. She draws up the alternative model “Doughnut Economics”, where the outer ring of the doughnut marks the environmental limits for human activity and the inner ring the limits for acceptable living standards for humans. So how can a new economic model help us to operate in a space that is both ecologically safe and socially just?  

Kate Raworth is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.  
Kate’s internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement.
Dr Mette Morsing is Professor and the Mistra Chair of Sustainable Markets. She is also the Director of Misum Center for Sustainable Markets at Stockholm School of Economics. Morsing’s research on sustainability is about the changing role of business in society, and how new governance mechanisms such as partnerships serve to develop sustainable societies. Morsing served as a co-founder of the European Academy of Business in Society, and today she is the lead of the UN PRME Initiative on Sustainable Finance as well as serving on a few of boards and councils such as the LEGO Foundation and The Sustainia.

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Venue: Handelshögskolan
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09:00 Welcome to SIWI, What are the water challenges the 21st century economists need to address?
Lotta Samuelson, Programme Manager Swedish Water House

09:10 The essence of the Doughnut Economy
Kate Raworth, Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute

09:55 Reflections and comments from an economic sustainability perspective
Mette Morsing, Professor and Scientific Director at Misum, Stockholm School of Economics

10:15 Discussion with audience – What are the challenges and opportunities with the Doughnut Economy model?
Moderated by Lotta Samuelson, SIWI Swedish Water House

11:00 Seminar ends

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  • SIWI Swedish Water House
  • Handelshögskolan
Water and climate
23 May 2018, 9:00 - 11:00 UTC