The Economics of Arrival: can Scotland be a grown up economy?


If the only way is up, how do we know when the economy has reached its destination? What does it mean for an economy to Arrive?

Instead of pursuing endless growth at all costs, it’s time for governments and other decision makers to prioritise shared wellbeing on a healthy planet.

In their new book “The Economics of Arrival: ideas for a grown up economy”, Dr. Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams present the exciting new concept of economic Arrival. They invite us to consider that “the agenda of fighting for survival could be over if the economy were to engage with a new challenge: that of building ourselves a lasting home in this place of plenty.”

Join the authors for a short talk on the book, followed by an interactive discussion about applying these ideas to contemporary Scottish politics.

  • How can Scotland become a ‘grown up economy’?
  • What are the projects and opportunities already happening in Scotland that demonstrate it has started to ‘Arrive’?
  • What can Scottish citizens, organisations and decision makers do to create an economy that works for us all?

The discussion will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments will be available.

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Praise for The Economics of Arrival:

“With their concept of ‘arriving’, the authors provide fodder for exciting debate on humanity’s most important project, the search for wellbeing alternatives that will help make peace with the earth” Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh, and co-editor of Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary

“A mature and powerful contribution to the discussions and debates that will create visions for societies that work for both people and planet; a vital step towards change.” Kate Pickett, University of York

“A must read for anyone who cares about social justice, the future of the biosphere and our place in it. Trebeck and Williams challenge us to think about what we owe to future generations and raise serious questions about pursuing economic growth as an end goal. An important and timely book worthy of a broad audience and vibrant discussion.” Tim DiMuzio, University of Wollongong

About the authors:

Katherine Trebeck is a researcher and advocate for a new economic paradigm and is based in Scotland. She has many years’ experience, including as Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and over eight years for Oxfam GB. She has a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University and honorary posts with the University of Strathclyde and the University of the West of Scotland. Her work has ranged from construction of a new measure of progress for Scotland to rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies and Sustainability project.

Jeremy Williams is an independent writer and campaigner. He studied journalism and international relations and specialises in communicating social and environmental issues to a mainstream audience. He has worked on projects for Oxfam, RSPB, WWF, Tearfund and many others, and is a co-founder of the Postgrowth Institute. His award-winning website ( was ranked Britain’s number one green blog in 2018.

This event is organised by the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) with support from Oxfam Scotland and Bristol University Press