Thought Leadership Webinar Series

Dr Katherine Trebeck – Wellbeing Economics: Happy Beyond GDP


This webinar was a rare opportunity to hear from Dr Katherine Trebeck live – Co-Founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Dr Trebeck discusses what a wellbeing approach looks like in practice across different sectors and different levels of government, the implications for cities and districts, and she shares examples of wellbeing economy practices in action.

Can we redesign the economy so that it works for the public good and delivers wellbeing for people and nature the first time around, rather than patching up and repairing downstream? Around the world decision makers and citizens are moving beyond GDP as the measure of success and transforming how healthy economies are thought about.



Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub. She is writer-in-residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute and a Strategic Advisor to Australia’s Centre for Policy Development. She sits on a range of boards and advisory groups such as The Democracy Collaborative, the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity.
She is a New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute, a Fellow of The Leaders Institute and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. She worked for Oxfam GB for eight years’, where she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index and led work on downscaling the ‘doughnut’ for various contexts.
Katherine has Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Politics (University of Melbourne) and holds a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University. She was Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde.
In 2019 she co-authored The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (with Jeremy Williams and published by Policy Press), and her report Being Bold: Budgeting for Children’s Wellbeing was launched in March 2021.

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