About Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is a writer, a researcher, and an advocate for economic system change. She leads the Advocacy and Influencing work for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance – a global collaboration she co-founded in 2018. 

Katherine has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB: as a Senior Researcher for the Global Research Team, as UK Policy Manager, and as Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam Scotland. Her book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown-Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams and published by Policy Press) was published in early 2019.

Katherine, with Lorenzo Fioramonti, instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership (WEGo); developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index; and led Oxfam’s work on a ‘human economy’. She was Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Shared Societies and Sustainability and is on the advisory board for a range of initiatives including the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (University of Surrey); the Omina Foundation; the Living Well Within Limits project (University of Leeds); A Good Life for All Within Planetary Boundaries (University of Leeds); and the Demystifying Decoupling Commission (Zero Waste Scotland).

Katherine has a PHD in Political Science from the Australian National University and is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde.

Perhaps unsurprisingly for an Australian living in Scotland, Katherine loves the rain and the Scottish mountains. When life allows she is invariably cooking for friends in her beloved adopted home of Glasgow, ideally accompanied by a glass of wine or two from Australia.