Dr Andrew Fanning

Dr Andrew Fanning


I am currently Data Analysis & Research Lead at Doughnut Economics Action Lab, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Sustainability Research Institute. I was previously the recipient of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship funded by the European Commission for the project 'Living Well: Provisioning Systems for Sustainable Resource Use and Human Well-Being' hosted at the Sustainability Research Institute.

My research in the field of ecological economics explores how to move towards a world where people can achieve their aspirations while ensuring the burdens of economic activity are both ecologically safe and socially just.

Most recently, I have carried out a quantitative analysis (with Dan O’Neill, Jason Hickel, and Nicolas Roux) that tracks nations’ progress in terms of both meeting basic needs and respecting environmental limits in nearly 150 countries since 1992, with projections to 2050 based on recent trends (published in Nature Sustainability and available to read open-access here). To help communicate our findings, I have led the development of an interactive website where you can visualise and explore all our country-level results.

I have also led a recent conceptual study (with Dan O’Neill and Milena Buchs) that analyses six established theories to better understand the emerging notion of provisioning systems in the context of Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut of Social and Planetary Boundaries’ (published in Global Environmental Change).

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  • PhD Policy Options for Sustainable and Equitable Economies
  • Master's Development Economics
  • BA Economics and International Development Studies

Professional memberships

  • European Society for Ecological Economics
  • Association for Heterodox Economics

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute
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