Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2021


The Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics is over. Thank you to all facilitators, lecturers, panellists and participants who made it a success!

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Economic ideas shape the world we live in. Let's talk about it!

People around the world are living through a global pandemic. At the same time the climate and biodiversity crisis are unfolding. We are experiencing inequalities, discrimination, polarization, and a lack of opportunities for democratic participation.

What kind of economics do we need?

Today's challenges are manifold - but so are the tools economists can use to understand them in order to guide societies' responses to these challenges.

We invite you to join us in asking how economic theories and models are made, by whom, and with what consequences. Who, for example, are Karl Marx, Abram Lincoln Harris, Joan Robinson, Edward Said, Bina Argawal and Farhana Sultana and how did the contexts they lived in shape their ideas and how did their ideas shape the lives of others? What mistakes were made in the past and remain unchallenged? Which ideas have made a positive impact but need an update to remain useful? What kind of economics do we need to build a just and sustainable future?



The Online Summer Academy 2021 took place from 30 July to 6 August.

120 participants from around the world and more than 30 lecturers embarked on a journey to discover heterodox economics and to shift the economic mainstream. In 11 workshop groups of around 10 committed students dove deep into heterodox conomics. The workshop facilitators are experts in their field with a passion for teaching. Beyond the workshop, participants took part in discussions, lectures, and open spaces allowing them to expand their horizon, to share and to challenge their perspectives on a range of subjects.

Brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics and the Protestant Academy of Thuringia.


This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.).  It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.