The Team

Dr Susana Cabaço


Susana Cabaço is a Research Associate in the project ‘Transforming Public Policy through Economic Democracy’ at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Her research interests include the study of political participation, economic democracy, political and economic institutions, research methods and sustainable development. Previously, she completed her PhD on multilateral political party assistance in emerging democracies at the Department of Government, University of Essex. She holds a BA in Sociology and a MA on Comparative Politics. She previously collaborated in research projects on Urban and Cultural Sociology and social attitudes (European Social Survey). She has also collaborated with the UK Data Archive in the Data Support team.


Professor Andrew Cumbers


Andrew Cumbers is Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. His research interests span the broad field of urban and regional development as well as labour geography and increasingly an interest in alternative forms of ownership and economic democracy. He is Managing Editor of the journal Urban Studies has written and collaborated with a number of civil society think tanks and organisations including UNRISD, OECD, CLASS, the Jimmy Reid Foundation and the New Economics Foundation. He has held Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Cologne and Frankfurt and at the Leibniz Institute, Berlin. He has recently authored two highly acclaimed monographs. Global Justice Networks (with Paul Routledge) in 2009 (Manchester University Press) and Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy (2012 Zed). The latter book was awarded the 2015 Gunnar Myrdal Prize in Evolutionary Political Economy.

He is a shareholder in a new cooperative enterprise to build a hydro-electric power scheme in the Scottish Highland community of Applecross.

Twitter: @acumbers

Professor Robert McMaster


Robert McMaster was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Aberdeen for fourteen years until commencing his current post as a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Businses School.  Robert is also a visiting scholar at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Marquette University, Milwaukee. Robert’s research projects include: Reform in health care provision; theoretical approaches in health and economics; conceptions of institutional durability and vulnerability; methodological problems in neuro-economics; the instrumental valuation principle and governance.

Professor Michael White


Michael White is Professor of Real Estate Economics in the School of Architecture Design & Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. He has previously held posts at Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Glasgow. His research interests are in the fields of property economics, macroeconomics and in the relationship between markets and institutions. He has published widely on real estate market analysis and is a board member of the European Real Estate Society and economics editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy. His research has been funded by the ESRC, Department of Communities and Local Government, the Investment Property Forum, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Fannie Mae, and the Housing Research Foundation.

Saamah Abdallah


Saamah is Programme Manager and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Wellbeing, at the New Economics Foundation (NEF) – an independent think tank that aims to transform the economy so that it works for people and planet. Saamah’s work focusses on two areas: redefining progress, through the development of indicators that challenge the dominance of GDP as a measure of success; and the integration of wellbeing science into policy and practice.

As an advisor to the project, Saamah will contribute at two stages. Firstly, he will advise on the construction of the index, drawing on experience in developing indices (for example the Happy Planet Index, the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare, and the Santa Monica Wellbeing Index) and advising others on the selection of indicators (for example serving on Eurostat’s Expert Group on Quality of Life and the Office for National Statistics’ technical advisory group on Measuring National Wellbeing).

Secondly, he will support the dissemination of the research amongst policy audiences, building on NEF’s networks, and drawing on previous research on knowledge mobilisation in the realm of alternative indicators (for example the BRAINPOoL project on the use of alternative indicators in policy).

Dr Katherine Trebeck


Katherine is Senior Researcher for Oxfam GB where she is exploring an economy that delivers social justice, good lives, vibrant communities and which protects the planet. In doing so she is particularly interested in steps towards a ‘new economic paradigm’.

Before this role Katherine was Policy and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam’s UK Programme, and prior to this she led research and policy for Oxfam’s Scotland office. Here she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index, a measure of Scotland’s real prosperity developed through wide ranging community consultation (see her Tedx talk outlining the need for the Humankind Index). She also managed Oxfam’s Whose Economy? project which asked why, despite decades of economic growth, Scotland’s poverty has not been addressed and inequalities have deepened.
From 2005 to 2008 Katherine was a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Her work there included analysis of community development, corporate social responsibility and social housing.

Katherine has a PhD in political science from the Australian National University (her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands). She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, and was part of the GIZ Global Leadership Academy’s New Economic Paradigm project. Katherine was a Commissioner on the Fairer Fife Commission, sits on WWF Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Task Force, the Board of Ethical Scotland, and is Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies.

Twitter: @ktrebeck

Karen Bilsland



Karen Bilsland is a Research Assistant in Economic Democracy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Karen holds a MRes in Sociology & Research Methods (with Distinction), along with a MA (Hons) in Business and Management and Geography (First Class), both from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include employee engagement and participation; employment relations; corporate governance; work organisation and spatial theory; labour process theory; and organisational research methods.

In addition to her role in the project, Karen is currently in the final stages of doctoral study at the Adam Smith Business School researching comparative employment relations within a multinational retail organisation. Karen has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Montreal.

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