Karen Brandon

Karen Brandon


Title: Communications officer

Centre: Oxford

    Karen Brandon is the Communications Officer for SEI’s Oxford Centre.

    A former journalist for the Chicago Tribune, she wrote about politics, public policy, and social trends - assignments that took her throughout the United States, and to many corners of the world, including Mexico and India. While at the Tribune, she was a member of journalistic teams that produced two Pulitzer Prize-finalist series, and she received the Overseas Press Club award for best foreign reporting.

    After moving to the United Kingdom, she worked at the University of Warwick, exploring ways for economic research and expertise to transcend academia – occasionally via the unorthodox route. (An acclaimed children’s theatre production loosely based on the global financial crisis comes to mind.) As an independent editor, writer and journalist, she has helped academic economists make their work more accessible to the mere mortals among us. She has honed and polished academic and policy-oriented publications for researchers around the world.

    Karen recently wrote and edited a policy report on the economics of happiness – which made her into an amateur authority on the subject of what makes people happy, a subject that has proved to be useful in almost any situation.