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Katherine is Research and Policy Advisor 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 middle income countries might move towards this.
Before this role Katherine was Policy and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam's UK Programme, and prior to this she was Research and Policy Advisor 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.
Before joining Oxfam Katherine led the Wise Group's research and policy efforts and developed their social auditing process whereby the organisation accounts for its social, environmental and economic impact.
From 2005 to 2008 Katherine was a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where she remains an Honorary Research Fellow. 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 on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' Policy Committee, the Board of Energy Action Scotland and the Board of The Ethical Network.
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