Doughnut Economics: Ideas in Action – October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022

Dates: Fridays Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022
Location: On Zoom – 7.00-9:00 am PST/ 3:00-5:00 pm BST
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Faculty: Kate Raworth, Ph.D
Academic Credit: Masters – 1 credits; Doctoral – 1 credits
Enrollment: This course is available both to enrolled students and lifelong learners
Email our Registrar Veronica Saldias for more information

Course Description:
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth has revolutionized economic theory and practice. Cities, states, regions and neighborhoods around the world have embraced the essential message that human communities must align with the larger ecosystem if they are to survive and thrive in a world of escalating climate turbulence. In this course, you will learn the latest developments in Doughnut Economic theory and how this theory has been actualized in practiced in communities around the world. You will hear from Kate Raworth and her colleagues as well as activists working on the front lines of regenerative change. This course will help shape your thinking so that your actions in the world will contribute to a better future. 
Kate Raworth and Carlota Sanz will introduce us to the key concepts of Doughnut Economics and strategic thinking behind putting these ideas into practice, and members of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) team will introduce us to practitioners from across the DEAL Community to share their stories and insights of practical action.

This course is an integral part of our MRA (Master in Regenerative Action) and follows the required initial introductory course. If you are interested in enrolling in the degree please submit your information here: Get Started.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts behind Doughnut Economics and why they are relevant for the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Understand some practical applications of the concepts in the realms of public policy making, grassroots community organising and in the design of business and enterprise.
  • Point to examples of people putting Doughnut Economics into practice in various contexts around the world, including both the benefits and challenges putting these ideas into practice.

Consider and start designing your own interventions around the ideas of Doughnut Economics, whether in your home life, your community, your work or other.


Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. She is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Her internationally acclaimed framework of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses, and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist was published in 2017 and has been translated into 18 languages.


Course Overview

Week One: Intro to Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL): Concepts and Strategy
Fri Oct 7, 7:00-9:00 am PST / 3:00-5:00 pm UK
Faculty: Kate Raworth (DEAL’s Co-founder & Conceptual Lead) and Carlota Sanz Ruiz (DEAL’s Co-founder & Strategy Lead)
In this opening session, Kate and Carlota will introduce the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries along with an overview of the seven ways to think like a 21st century economist – focusing on the power of visual imagery in shaping worldviews. We will also explore emerging strategies for putting these ideas into practice, as Doughnut Economics Action Lab working in collaboration with a worldwide community of changemakers.Week Two: Engaging with Cities & Places
Fri Oct 14, 7:00-9:00 am PST / 3:00-5:00 pm UK
Faculty: Leonora Grcheva (DEAL’s Cities & Region’s Lead) and Andrew Fanning (DEAL’s Data Analysis & Research Lead)
In this session, Leonora Grcheva and Andrew Fanning will introduce how places are engaging with the concepts and tools of Doughnut Economics to help frame the 21st century challenges they face, both socially and ecologically. They will outline DEAL’s approach to ‘unrolling’ the Doughnut for places, discussing conceptual, empirical, and institutional challenges that this raises, and sharing examples of the diverse ways it is being put into practice in different places worldwide. We will also hear from changemakers who are putting these tools into practice in their own cities and places, learn from their experiences and challenges, and be inspired by their pioneering initiatives. 

Week Three: Engaging with Communities
Fri Oct 21, 7:00-9:00 am PST/ 3:00-5:00 pm UK
Faculty: Rob Shorter (DEAL’s Communities & Art Lead)
In this session, Rob will share how communities are coming together to engage with the ideas of Doughnut Economics at the household, street and neighbourhood scale. Rob will also share how changemakers are connecting at the city, regional and national scale to create communities of practice around the ideas of Doughnut Economics as a powerful convening idea for transformative action in their place. We will hear from changemakers working within these two different community contexts and we will be introduced to the tools and resources you can use to immediately start introducing and exploring the ideas in your own communities.

Week Four: Engaging with Business
Fri Oct 28, 7:00-9:00 am PST / 3:00-5:00 pm UK
Erinch Sahan (DEAL’s Business & Enterprise Lead)

In this final session, Erinch Sahan will explore how Doughnut Economics can be applied to businesses. Erinch will introduce the diverse range of responses of business to the 21st-century challenge of meeting the needs of all within the means of the living planet, providing examples of companies that are working to put regenerative and distributive practice at the heart of their operations. Critically, he will explore how the deep design traits of businesses can help or hinder efforts to pursue regenerative and distributive practices. The design layers of businesses will be explored in some detail – its purpose, networks, governance, ownership, and finance. We will then discuss the way the deep design of business can be transformed, including the changes needed at the industry and broader systems that shape business designs and practices.

Requirements for enrolled Degree students to earn 1 Credit:

  • End of course essay on describing the impact on your life of studying this material
    • For BA students – 6-9 pages in length
    • For MA students – 10-15 pages in length
    • For PhD students – 20-25 pages in length


  • BA Level: $100
  • MA Level: $200
  • PhD Level: $300
  • Audit-No Credit: $60

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