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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. 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 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.
In a society in which we often judge each other by superficial appearances, it seems individuals are denied empathy or support as 'poor' if they are still able to take care of their appearance.
Poverty in the UK
We know so much about the growing inequality in the UK.
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Poverty in the UK,
Every now and again I am told that there is no poverty in the UK. I am told, invariably by people who have not met any of the thirteen million individuals who live in poverty in the UK, that because...
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