Caroline Whyte

Caroline Whyte is an ecological economist at Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, and a core member of the Wellbeing Economy Hub for Ireland

Caroline sits on the Steering Committees of the Environmental Pillar and Stop Climate Chaos Ireland, and she is one of three Environmental Pillar members of the Irish National Economic and Social Council (NESC). With her colleague Seán Ó Conláin she co-hosts a successful podcast series, ‘Bridging the Gaps’, for Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum.

On the European level, Caroline represents Feasta in the Economic Transition Working Group of the European Environmental Bureau. She is also a Partner of the rural resilience coalition ARC2020, and represents the WEAll Ireland Hub in the EU Wellbeing Economy Coalition. She is one of the founders of the global Cap and Share Climate Alliance. 

She is the lead author of multiple Feasta submissions to Irish and EU governmental bodies on policy ranging from climate, biodiversity protection and agriculture to taxation and welfare, enterprise, risk management and banking. She wrote the conclusion for Feasta’s book Fleeing Vesuvius Overcoming the risks of economic and environmental collapse, and contributed a chapter to Sharing for Survivalrestoring the climate, the commons and society. More recent work by Caroline also includes the Feasta discussion papers  “Phasing Out Fossil Fuels, Supporting Climate Justice”, and  “Land, Labour, Housing, Money, Farms: moving the economic goalposts of Irish agriculture”. She has a particular interest in the financial system.

Caroline lives in central France and is also a musician, performing with non-violent communication storyteller La Fannette, and with the trio Atout Coeur. 

Sessions

  • Opening Session
  • Breakout 1D: What transformations are needed in enterprise to support a wellbeing economy?
  • Plenary 6: Conversation on rethinking growth with Minister Paschal Donohoe
  • Plenary 7: Measuring progress: what is the potential and what are the limits of national wellbeing frameworks? How should we consider competitiveness, and define economic progress?
  • Closing Session