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Katherine Trebeck

Senior Researcher

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is Senior Researcher in Oxfam's Research Team where she is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. Her forthcoming book 'Arrival' (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) explores a new mantra for development that shifts attention from growth to quality and distribution of economic activity as we seek to 'make ourselves at home' in a wealthy world.

Before her current role Katherine was Policy and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam's UK Programme, and prior to this she led research and policy for Oxfam's Scotland office. Here she developed Oxfam's Humankind Index, a measure of Scotland's real prosperity developed through wide ranging community consultation (see her Tedx talk outlining the need for the Humankind Index). She also managed Oxfam's Whose Economy? project which asked why, despite decades of economic growth, Scotland's poverty has not been addressed and inequalities have deepened.

From 2005 to 2008 Katherine was a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Her work there included analysis of community development, corporate social responsibility and social housing.

Katherine has a PhD in political science from the Australian National University (her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands). She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, and was part of the GIZ Global Leadership Academy's New Economic Paradigm project. Katherine was a Commissioner on the Fairer Fife Commission and WWF Scotland's Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force. She is on the Board of Ethical Scotland and is Rapporteur for Club de Madrid's Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies.

You can follow Katherine on twitter @ktrebeck.

All posts by Katherine Trebeck

A man pushes his bicycle, loaded with melons, past a billboard advertisement for Oman Air’s first class service (2013). Photo: Panos/GMB AKASH

Are some people consuming too much?

The issues of economic inequality and climate change are intrinsically linked. Katherine Trebeck, Policy and Research Advisor, suggests it's time we started talking about the elephant in the...

Luxury sports car showroom in Cape Town with homeless rough sleepers outside. Credit: Zed Nelson

Is South Africa operating in a safe and just space?

Oxfam's doughnut model provides a framework for policy makers to envisage a safe and socially just space for humanity. What would this look like if applied to one of the world's most unequal...

Office Workers on the Bridge. Credit: Dave Collier

Build back better: time for a new economic model

When politicians talk of economic recovery, how are they measuring success? Recovering the old economic model is not good enough says Katherine Trebeck, the economy needs to serve the people. ...

A Roma family in their dilapidated flat in Govanhill,Glasgow. Andy Hall/Oxfam

What will it take to really tackle inequality?

Economic growth and poverty reduction do not always go hand in hand. Katherine Trebeck argues that if we're serious about tackling inequality we need to rethink our economic model. ...

Lining up life and economy to create a good society

I did a bit of thinking over the summer. Mulling over ideas such as what is 'good development'? What is a good society? What is 'good growth' rather than just recovery of the old...

Closing down Credit: Jimmy Mac

Growth you say? When GDP just ain’t enough...

Forget the so-called 'green shoots', Katherine Trebeck argues that the growth being reported by some, is not the kind to be celebrated.  ...

When is a food bank referral not a food bank referral? When it’s from the DWP

A month ago Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty highlighted the stark increase in food poverty in the UK: at least half a million people now rely on emergency food support from foodbanks around the...

Speaking up for the most vulnerable in Britain is not “out of touch”

The April Fool's Day welfare changes are no joke. They are a serious threat to those living in poverty in the UK. Katherine Trebeck, Research and Policy Adviser for Oxfam's UK Poverty programme,...

HM Treasury building. Credit: lhongchou

Slash tax avoidance, not benefits

As we hang on to the vestiges of our New Year's resolutions to be more friendly and kind, I can't help feeling that this spirit is somewhat bounded and constrained. As the benefits budget...

A new era begins when work doesn’t end poverty anymore

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation figures released this week, updating the state of play in poverty and social exclusion in the UK, ring all too true with the experience of people Oxfam works with every...