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Crichton Conversation with Dr Matthew Agarwala

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February 20 @ 6:30 pm

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For the final lecture of the series, the Crichton Foundation is delighted to be joined by Dr Matthew Agarwala. Matthew is an economist interested in measuring and delivering sustainability, wellbeing, and productivity. His research is motivated by the belief that 21st century progress cannot be described by 20th century statistics.

Matthew leads the Bennett Institute’s Wealth Economy project, which seeks to transform economic measurement to better reflect sustainability, inequality, and human wellbeing. He is also a member of The Productivity Institute, which focuses on addressing the ‘productivity puzzle’, Honorary Professor at Scotland’s Rural College, and is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Yale University’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy.

Matthew regularly consults for governments and scientific organizations on topics of natural capital, ecosystem services, green finance, wellbeing, and sustainability. He enjoys working across sectors and disciplines, and his co-authors include ecologists, economists, conservation scientists and practitioners, social anthropologists, civil servants, members of UK Parliament, and Nobel Laureates in peace, medicine, physics, and chemistry.

Beyond Cambridge, Matthew maintains active research networks in Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, USA, Japan, and throughout the UK. He is a regular media contributor (Bloomberg, NYTimes, FT, Guardian, Times, Channel 4 News, BBC).

Following his lecture, Matthew will be joined by a distinguished panel of guests to ask and respond to questions on this important topic. The panelists are Mary-Ann Smyth, Cara Gillespie, David Finlay and Jock Rome.

This lecture is sponsored by Scotland’s Rural College

The Crichton Foundation invites you to join us for the Crichton Conversations. These will take place in the Duncan Rooms, Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA. Doors open at 6:30pm with tea and coffee available, the lectures- will start promptly at 7:30pm.

To book a place, please contact:
Crichton Foundation, Grierson House, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4ZE
Tel: 07871 475930 or 01387 203908 Email:

There is no charge to attend however, your support is vital to allow us to continue to achieve our charitable aims and make a real difference for the students of the Crichton Campus. Donations are always welcome and can be made in the following ways:

Cash: a collection box will be available at the event
Online: BACS payment to Clydesdale Bank, sort code: 82.62.12, account no: 50382367
Phone: Please call 07871 475930 to make a donation by debit or credit card, you will also be able to make a donation by card in person at the event
Post: Please send your cheque (payable to Crichton Foundation) to
Crichton Foundation, Grierson House, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4ZE

Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries
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Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road
Dumfries, DG1 4TA
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20 February 2024
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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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