Katherine Trebeck

Global Research Policy Adviser

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is global research policy adviser in Oxfam's research team where she is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. In doing so she is particularly interested in steps towards a 'new economic paradigm' - and how countries such as the UK, Brazil, South Africa and India might move towards this.

Before this 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, a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and was part of the GIZ Global Leadership Academy's New Economic Paradigm project. She sits on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' Policy Committee, the Board of Energy Action Scotland and the Board of Ethical Scotland.

Twitter: @ktrebeck

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Measuring Scotland's quality of life. The Humankind Index puts people at the heart of policymaking

Katherine Trebeck on the launch of the Humankind Index in Scotland. ...

Glasgow housing estate

Whose economy? Exposing the trickle down myth

Anti-poverty policies that focus on economic growth, to the detriment of social cohesion and sustainability, are doing little to eradicate poverty, even in one of the world's richest nations. ...