Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series
Date: 1st February 2015
Time: 14:00-15:30
Venue: Soft room

Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to meet the human rights of over 10 billion people, while safeguarding the planetary life-support systems on which all of our wellbeing depends. In other words: to get into the Doughnut – the safe and just space in which all of humanity can thrive.

What are the key drivers that determine whether or not we will succeed? How can we transition from an economy that is degenerative and divisive by default to one that is regenerative and distributive by design? This talk will explore how design – be it industrial, architectural or economic – is critical to our ability to make this transformation happen.


Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on the rewriting of economics to make it fit for addressing this century’s realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries which has gained widespread traction in international policy debates on sustainable development. Kate is a senior visiting research associate and lecturer at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and a senior associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. In 2014 she was named by The Guardian as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”. She blogs about Doughnut Economics at and tweets @KateRaworth.