On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, we discuss what people need to live a good life, and how we can ensure that everyone reaps the benefits of economic growth.

Economic growth has brought great prosperity to people in developed nations, but with it also comes great challenges. From debt, inequality and climate change to troubling politics all around the globe, our societies are facing strong headwinds. In a climate like this, how can policymakers ensure that everyone benefits from growth and can live a good life?

On this week’s Policy Forum Pod, we talk to Katherine Trebeck about her new book The Economics of Arrival, and how to bridge the gap between what communities really need and what politicians currently deliver.

Katherine Trebeck is Senior Researcher in Oxfam’s Research Team. Her research explores how the economy can deliver social justice, good lives, and vibrant communities, all while protecting the planet.

Sharon Bessell is a Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, where she is co-leader of the ANU Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) team. The IDM is a new, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

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