Online Summer Academy 2021


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

You can still watch the recordings of our evening program!

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.

Workshops and Workshop Outputs

Find out about this year's workshops. There is something for everyone! read more...

Evening Program

Learn more about this year's evening program. We have lectures and panel discussions. All events have interactive elements. read more...

Facilitators & Speakers

Meet this year's workshop facilitators and speakers. We are excited and thankful to be joined and supported by this diverse group of committed experts. read more...


Have a look at the Summer Academy's schedule to get an idea of the event. read more...

Global Pluralist Economic Training 2021

Find out about the Global Pluralist Economic Training here. read more...

Questions & Answers

Learn more about the Online Summer Academy 2021. Here, you will find general information about the Summer Academy as well as information regarding your application and participation. read more...

Organizing Team

Meet the people behind this year's Summer Academy and learn about the organizations that make the event possible. read more...


If you have any questions or want to get in touch with us - just drop us a message. We are looking forward to hearing from you! read more...

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Previous Summer Academies

The Summer Academy has been taken place annually since 2017. Learn more about the Summer Academy's past editions.


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.