A first for UWIC and the world! 

THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has appointed the world’s first Reader in Green Economics.

Molly Scott Cato, from UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management, is also Director of the Wales Institute for Research into Co-operatives and has been working as an academic economist for seven years. She completed her PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2001. Her thesis research into work in the Valleys of South Wales was published as The Pit and the Pendulum: A Co-operative Future for Work in the Welsh Valleys by University of Wales Press in 2001.

She has published widely on issues relating to green and co-operative economics. In 1999 she co-edited Green Economics: Beyond Supply and Demand to Meeting People’s Needs with Miriam Kennet, Director of the Green Economics Institute. She is now completing a book called Green Economics: Theory, Policy and Practice, which will be published by Earthscan next year. It sets the framework for the development of this new but vital discipline. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Co-operative Studies.

Dr Molly Scott Cato said: “I am really excited about the development in the field of green economics, which is growing rapidly, as there is wider understanding of the link between climate change and our economic activity. The need to build a sustainable and just economic system is increasingly pressing and I am glad to be able to play a role.”

A green economy would see a greater role for the social economy, including co-operatives and social enterprises, and Molly is presently co-organising a conference with this in Mind. The event, which will be held in New Lanark, will commemorate the life of Robert Owen, the Newtown-born founder of the co-operative movement, who died 150 years ago this year. The conference is being organised with Richard Bickle, who is an Associate Researcher at UWIC and also secretary of the UK Society of Co-operative Studies.

David Pritchard, Dean of the Cardiff School of Management, said: “Both as Dean of the management school and as a Board Member of the Carbon Trust, I’m absolutely delighted to be working with a green economist of the highest calibre. 

“Sustainability and the need to offer practical advice on how to live and do business differently is at the heart the agenda for all progressive management and business schools. Molly will have a major role to play in enabling us to deliver on this crucial strand of our work.”

  • The Cardiff School of Management is the largest of the five schools at UWIC. Its Dean (permanent head of the School) is David Pritchard who joined UWIC in August 2006, following his retirement from the Welsh Assembly Government where he was a Management Board Director with responsibility for Economic Development and Transport.
  • The Cardiff School of Management has in excess of 2,800 students, with over 2,000 are based at its Colchester Avenue campus.  Of these, about 500 are post-graduate students, including over 50 research students (studying for a PhD) and 430 students on UWIC’s MBA programme – the largest on campus programme of its kind in the UK.
  • It has over 100 academic staff.  Its enterprise activities include knowledge transfer assignments for companies as varied as Brace’s Bakery and Cardiff International Airport. 
  • The management school has a growing team of senior academics, including seven professors: the most recent recruits have been Professor Brian Morgan, from Cardiff Business School; Professor Graham Hall, from Manchester Business School and most recently, Professor David Brooksbank from the University of Glamorgan Business School. These appointments have increased the management school’s capacity to offer leadership and enterprise programmes for clients from both the business and public sectors.

For further information contact Kelly Harper, Communications Assistant:

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