Academic articles and reports

A living list of academic research and analysis that engages with the core concepts of Doughnut Economics

Version 1.6 (March 2024)


Welcome to the DEAL Team’s curated list of academic articles and research reports that engage with the core concepts of Doughnut Economics.


Academic efforts to deepen the concepts and applications of Doughnut Economics are accelerating rapidly. Since Kate Raworth’s discussion paper ‘A safe and just space for humanity’ was published by Oxfam in 2012, more than 6,500 academic articles have been published that mention the terms “Doughnut Economics” (or “safe and just”), according to the Dimensions database.

More than 6,500 academic publications reference Doughnut Economics (Mar 2024)

Nearly 1,500 of these studies were published in 2023 alone, which is a 4-fold increase since 2018. Drilling deeper, publications that mention Doughnut Economics in their titles and/or abstracts – which suggests core research engagement rather than a passing mention –have been increasing even more rapidly: nearly 70 publications in 2023, or an 8-fold increase since 2018.


The list below compiles a selection of these academic articles, organised by year of publication. It will be updated periodically but it is by no means exhaustive (also available as a PDF here and at the bottom of this page) 


Please do let us know if you find an additional source that you think we should include by sending a message via the contact page and select 'Research & Data Analysis' from the category options.










●       Häyhä, T et al. (2016). ‘From Planetary Boundaries to National Fair Shares of the Global Safe Operating Space — How Can the Scales Be Bridged?Global Environmental Change 40: 60–72.

●       Hoornweg, D et al. (2016). ‘An Urban Approach to Planetary Boundaries’. Ambio 45, no. 5: 567–80.

●       Verburg, P et al. (2016). ‘Methods and Approaches to Modelling the Anthropocene’. Global Environmental Change 39: 328–40.




2012 and earlier


This tool was created by Andrew Fanning, with contributions from Kate Raworth and Kapil Yadav, from DEAL. Photo credit to Jaredd Craig on Unsplash.





    Walled Ashwah


    Author of sustainable development between theory and practice book in Arabic language was published 2017

    Arushi Jain

    New Delhi, INDIA

    I wish to contribute to research in the form of articles, papers and journals at DEAL.

    Dorothy Knable (NA'bul like table) over 2 years ago

    I am just getting out into my new city, NYC, having moved from CA to be near kids and grandchildren in Brooklyn. I am steeped in the Planetary Boundaries, @JRockstrom (Twitter format) and #SDGs of @JeffDSachs. Kate and I "spoke" via Twitter in 2015 after I read "Doughnut Econ.." and on and off as our lives changed. I've been a campaigner for Bernie Sanders, both campaigns and founding member of @OurRevolution. Before that, career in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, raised two boys, and helped with MANY political issues and campaigns. Hubby and I are retired in Queens, NYC and looking to get active, here! @DorothyKnable 916-317-4417 -only about DEAL, please. Thanks for reading!

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    Maryam Lotfi over 2 years ago

    Lotfi, M., Walker, H. and Rendon-Sanchez, J., 2021. Supply Chains’ Failure in Workers’ Rights with Regards to the SDG Compass: A Doughnut Theory Perspective. Sustainability, 13(22), p.12526.

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    Andrew Fanning over 2 years ago

    Hi Maryam, thanks we have added your article, and congratulations!

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