Kate Pickett

Professor of Epidemiology, Health Sciences
University of York

Associate Director of Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity



I trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge University, nutritional sciences at Cornell University and epidemiology at University of California-Berkeley. I am currently Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences. I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health at York, Associate Director of the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub and Deputy Director of LCAB. Within LCAB, I am interested in the social sciences aspects of environmental change.


My research focuses on the impact of socioeconomic inequality on the health and wellbeing of people, communities, and the environment.  I am co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of the bestselling books, The Spirit Level (2009) and The Inner Level (2018). I am also a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust and a Global Ambassador for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WeALL).

I tweet at: @ProfKEPickett

Publication Highlights

Fioramonti, L., Coscieme, L., Costanza, R., Kubiszewski, I., Trebeck, K., Wallis, S., Roberts, D., Mortensen, L.F., Pickett, K., Wilkinson, R., Ragnarsdottir, K.V., McGlade, J., Lovins, H. and De Vogli, R. (2022). Wellbeing economy: an effective paradigm to mainstream post-growth policies? Ecological Economics, 192, 107261.

Kahiluoto, H., Pickett, K. and Steffen, W. (2021). Global nutrient equity for people and the planet. Nature Food, 2, pp. 857-861.

Costanza, R., Fioramonti, L., Giovannini, E., Kubiszewski, I., Lovins, H., McGlade, J., Mortenson, L.F., Pickett, K., Ragnarsdottir, K.V., Roberts, D., Trebeck, K., De Vogli, R., Wallis, S. and Wilkinson, R. (2020). After the crisis: two possible futures. Solutions, 11(3).

Palahi, M., Pantsar, M., Costanza, R., Kubiszewski, I., Potocnik, J., Stuchtey, M., Nasi, R., Lovins, H., Giovannini, E., Fioramonti, L., Dixson-Decleve, S., McGlade, J., Pickett, K., Wilkinson, R., Holmgren, J., Wallis, S., Ramage, M., Berndes, G., Akinnifesi, F., Safanov, G., Nobre, A., Nobre, C., Muys, B., Trebeck, K., Ragnarsdottir, K.V., Ibanez, D., Wijkman, A., Snape, J. and Bas, L. (2020). Investing in Nature to Transform the Post COVID-19 Economy: A 10-point Action Plan to create a circular bioeconomy devoted to sustainable wellbeing. Solutions, 11(2).

Power, MS, Wilkinson, R & Pickett, K. (2016). Inequality, economic democracy and sustainability. in ISSC, IDS & UNESCO (eds), World Social Science Report 2016: Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World. UNESCO. 

Costanza R, Daly L, Fioramonti L, Giovannini E, Kubiszewski I, Mortensen LF, Pickett K., Ragnarsdottir KV, De Vogli R, Wilkinson R. (2016). Modelling and measuring sustainable wellbeing in connection with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ecological Economics. 1 (130), pp.350-5. 

Costanza R, Kubiszewski I, Giovannini E, Lovins H, McGlade J, Pickett K., et al. (2014). Development: Time to leave GDP behind. Nature. 15 (505), 7483, pp. 283-5. 

Wilkinson R, Pickett K. (2014). A convenient truth: a society better for us and the planet. Fabian Society. 

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