The concept of the Doughnut Economy is developed by Kate Raworth. She presents this concept in her book Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist (2017). The Doughnut Economy re-conceptualizes our understanding ‘economy’. It prioritizes the need to operate our economy within a zone that respects a social minimum and the planetary boundaries.
The urban sustainability challenges in the Zuid-Holland region are very complex, urgent and intertwined with other areas and sectors.
Cities Hub initiative: 'the Doughnut for the Zuid Holland region'
This initiative is structured around a group of researchers with have the ambition to make impact with transdisciplinary research. While the focus is on Zuid Holland, this initiative explicitly places Zuid Holland and the (relevance of the) Doughnut in a trans-local and international perspective. The guiding question is: How can Zuid Holland transform to a sustainable region that ensures minimum standards while respecting planetary boundaries? An underlying research question is how the concept of the Doughnut Economy can support the process of addressing sustainability challenges in (highly urbanized) Zuid Holland?
In this initiative we organize a series of interviews with policymakers and citizens’ initiatives to identify knowledge gaps and to explore the potential of the Doughnut Economy concept for addressing concrete (urban) sustainability challenges. Based on that we will develop research and impact activities. Please get in touch with us if you work on (urban) sustainability challenges in research or practice and if you are interested in the Doughnut Economy concept and its potential for Zuid Holland.