The UK is not the only place where students are getting together and asking questions about what and how economics should be taught. The concerns we have raised in Manchester are not unique to Manchester or even universities in Britain but are in fact reflected on campuses across the world! Given this is the case, it is fantastic to know that there are other students campaigning for change out there and that we are not alone. Many of us are separated by time and language and are at different stages of our campaigning but we hope that we can work together in the future so watch this space!
International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics
International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics is a collaboration of 52 associations of economics students from 23 countries around the world. Pluralism is our motto. We want to bring about a more open, diverse and pluralist economics.
Det Samfundsøkonomiske Selskab (DSS), Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
DSS was set up in June 2013 to create a space for economic students at Aarhus University to meet. It campaigns for more pluralism in economic theories and methods, and aims to promote reflection on the effects of economic policy on society.
PEPS – Économie, Paris, France
“Pour un Enseignement Pluraliste dans le Supérieur en Économie” (“For a Pluralistic Teaching of Economics in Higher Education”) is a group of Bachelor to PhD Economics students from a range of French institutions unsatisfied with their economics education. They deem economics to be too disconnected from the real world and insufficiently pluralistic in terms of economic schools of thought, methodologies and interdisciplinary connections. This initiative was created in 2010 to campaign for a change in the way economics is taught based on expanding these three pluralisms. Check out their Manifesto and reviews of more than 50 economics syllabuses and international links!
Rethinking Economics Tübingen, Germany
The very first Rethinking Economics group was set up at Universität Tübingen in Germany. They run a summer conference which aims to offer an insight into modern strands of economics and to promote and accelerate new economic thinking among young students of economics. The conference covers complexity economics, agent-based modeling, neuroeconomics, post-Keynesian Economics, and behavioral economics. These theories are applied to topics such as non-equilibrium economics, contagion in the banking sector, instability of preferences, the links between the financial sector and the real economy, and empirical evidence on neoclassical assumptions from psychology, sociology, anthropology, and neuroscience.
Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik (NPO), Germany
NPO is a network of pluralistic economics groups in Germany. Based in Heidelberg, it is made up of local student groups in Augsburg, Bayreuth, Berlin & Potsdam, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Köln, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Mainz, München and Regensburg.
AECSE-UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Association of Economics Students (Association étudiante des cycles supérieures en économie) at the University of Québec in Montréal, Canada.
Rethinking Economics in New York, US
After a very successful launch meeting, Rethinking New York are working on setting up regular meetings to discuss new economic theory and are formulating their short, medium and long term goals as well as preparing a conference for spring 2014.
Estudios Nueva Economía, Chile
Estudios Nueva Economía (“New Economy Studies”) is a group of Chilean economics students and graduates created in 2011 at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. They are interested in the recent criticisms of the teaching and practice of economics. They write opinion articles, are developing a line of critical research and even have their own Journal! They are in contact with critical economists in Chile and have networks in other countries too.
Jornadas de Economía Crítica, Argentina
Jornadas de Economía Crítica is a group of critical-thinking economics societies at different universities in Argentina. One of them is, for example, the School of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Buenos Aires (Escuela de Economía Política de la FCE-UBA):
Nova Ágora, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil
Nova Ágora is a Brazilian movement that aims to rethink mainstream theories and elaborate new ways of thinking using a holistic method as frame of reference, integrating different areas of knowledge such as physics, economics, psychology, law, social science, biology, permaculture and so on. Using these ideas as principles, we want to transform reality via local studies and practical actions. The movement is composed by different professionals, thinkers, academic students and professors.
Economics Student Forum, Haifa, Israel
The Forum aims to encourage critical and creative thinking in the field of economics, as well as the academic curricula, which we believe needs to be updated. We are currently focusing on offering a “Thinking Beyond the Numbers” course, intended for economics students. In the course we try to expose students to the significant role economics has on our lives, to expand the available methodologies, and challenge the current solutions being modeled and taught.
Rethinking Economics Goa, India
Rethinking Goa is a new group being set up. Get in touch with us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in contact with the local organizers.
Rethinking Economics Beijing, China
Rethinking Beijing is a new group being set up. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in contact with the local organisers.