17th Annual Conference

2-4 July 2015 - Southampton Solent University


Conference booking is now open at -

Please note all participants of the conference need to be members of the AHE – see the membership area of the AHE site to become or renew your AHE membership.

Theme - Growth, Cycles, Sustainability

Traditionally, the economics profession has been concerned with why some countries are richer than others and/or why some economies grow faster than others. Some of the insistence on growth has been due to the potential role of growth in reducing poverty and inequality, that of leading to higher standards of living, more technological progress and advancement of knowledge and a better quality of life for most of society. Policy-makers and governments assumed that by raising growth rates they could offset the negative effects of business-cycles fluctuations. This positive vision of the role of growth has been affected by increasing disparities in the distribution of income, wealth and growth rates amongst the countries but also by an increasing pressure of achieving ‘sustainable and green growth’ due to the environmental crisis that we face. The recent financial crisis has also emphasized our limited knowledge regarding business cycles and their economic and policy implications.

This conference continues the tradition of the AHE linking economic issues with socio-political and environmental issues by suggesting a thematic that bridges macroeconomic growth, business cycles and sustainability.

 We welcome individual papers and organized sessions on the following special themes of the conference:

  • Theoretical contributions around growth, its measurement and its determinants from all perspectives/schools of thought;
  • Country case-studies and empirical investigations of growth;
  • Limits of growth; is ‘degrowth feasible’?
  • Institutional harm and the potential for change (Joint AFEE/AHE session)

We also warmly welcome proposals/abstracts for sessions and individual papers on any other heterodox topic. Refereed and non-refereed options will be available for your paper, so please state if you will want your paper to be refereed.

Deadline for individual abstracts and session proposals: 28th of February 2015. Please email your abstracts to:  and Deadline for submitting completed papers – 31st of March for papers wishing to be refereed, 31st of May for papers not wishing to be refereed.

Please note the following special sessions have already been offered, and are likewise open for abstracts/offers for participation, up to the 28th of February -

  • Reforming Economics Education - including a workshop for students to discuss curriculum reform/the student movement in the UK, and panels, open for both students and academics to speak in, on the QAA and Reform in the UK, and on Experiences of Teaching Heterodox Economics.  Please note these activities will all be on the Saturday the 4th of July, which students can attend for free (but please bring your own refreshments!).  Contact for all enquires.
  • Environment, Climate and Heterodox Economics - Contact see below for more detail
  • Institutional Harm and the Potential for Change - Contact see AFEE flyer below for more detail

We will have Plenaries on -

  • The Cause of the Crisis
  • The Role of Banks in Society
  • The Future of Microeconomics - can Heterodoxy Break Through?


The University - Fees –

The conference is in the centre of Southampton, 5-10 minutes walk from Southampton Central Train Station.

Cost £190 – which includes coffee/refreshment and lunch each day.

Reduced rate for Unwaged/PhD/Emeritus £87 - still includes coffee/refreshment and lunch each day.

Optional Conference Dinner Friday 3rd of July – cost £52

Book your registration and conference dinner online – see above.

Accommodation Options –

Jurys Inn Hotel - 5 minutes walk from conference  - The confirmed rates with Jurys Inn are as follows £69 Bed and breakfast for single occupancy, £79 Bed and breakfast for twin/double occupancy, 40 bedrooms have been held but any rooms that have not been booked will be released 21 days prior to arrival. Therefore you may wish to tell your delegates who want to stay at the hotel to book by the beginning of June to avoid disappointment. The rooms can be booked by emailing or calling the hotel directly - or 02380 371 111 (opt 2). To receive the discounted rate, delegates must quote SOLENT020715 when making the booking.

In Student Hall - £37.50 a night bed and breakfast – 15 minutes walk from conference (no limit to space but only available from the night of the 2nd of July onwards).  This is booked through the on-line site – see above.

For all enquires email  or



Joint AFEE/AHE sessions at the 17th Annual AHE Conference
Southampton Solent University

July 2-4th 2015

This year, the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) and the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) will jointly host a session at the Annual AHE Conference in Southampton in agreement with the Coordinator and Management Committee.

The general topic of the session(s) will be:

Institutional Harm and the Potential for Change”

In this session, and in conformity with the conference’s general themes, we would like to focus on the examination of potentially damaging institutions; those whose economic benefits are dubious, whose contribution to social welfare is questionable, and whose ethical practices remain often unexamined. For example, the tax practices of MNCs, the social welfare implications of financialization etc. Both theoretical and applied papers are invited, including those that consider possibilities of change, which might generate new patterns of thinking, institutional changes, and the potential for growth and well-being.

The terms of reviewing and accepting submissions and the schedule and deadlines are the same as in the general AHE conference call.  However, for this joint AFEE/AHE paper selection, proposals and abstracts that support the panel theme will receive preference. For additional information on the AHE requirements, please visit their website:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2015.

Please, send your submissions for the Joint AFEE/AHE session to: Be sure to specify that you are submitting for the Joint AFEE/AHE session. 

Not all presenters at the Joint AFEE/AHE sessions need to be members of AFEE, but if two submissions are considered equivalent after reviewing, then AFEE members will be given priority.




Environment, Climate and Heterodox Economics Session(s)

17th Annual AHE Conference

Southampton Solent University

July 2-4th 2015


The latest IPCC report and the scientific evidence of planetary boundaries poses many challenges for green, ecological and heterodox economics, on many levels. Theoretically – are there any fundamental differences between green, ecological and heterodox economics? If so – what are they? Can we put prices on "Nature"? What will be the effect on prices of fossil fuels if 2/3 are kept in the ground by political action?

The "Peoples March against Climate Change" did not have any clear common demands. What demands should the climate justice movement put forward to the top-level climate negotiation meeting in Paris in December? Emission trading does not work, could carbon taxes with a socially just redistribution mechanism work?

There is both an economic and ecological crisis. Is the answer a New Green Deal? Is Syriza’s program a Green New Deal?

Stream coordinators: Miriam Kennet, Green Economics Institute and Anders Ekeland, Statistics Norway.  Please, send your submissions for this session to:  

Following the recent untimely death from cancer of Professor Fredric S. Lee, the Association for Heterodox Economics would like to recognize his unique contribution to heterodox economics. Not only was Fred instrumental in the establishment of the AHE, he also remained a tireless participant in its otherwise mundane administration and a passionate participant in its academic activity.

He was one of those rare individuals whose enthusiasm was inspirational. His generosity of spirit caused him to see the best in others. His intellectual legacy extends across many areas of economics, whilst his institutional legacy extends to all those graduates who had the privilege to experience his teaching and all those postgraduates for whom he was a mentor.

Fred Lee      Fred Lee

Fred's obituary, written by his colleague Tae-Hee Jo, can be accessed via the Heterodox Economics Newsletter number 171. The Newsletter is another now well-established pillar of the heterodox academic community for which Fred was the prime mover. The vibrancy of that community also forms part of his legacy. The Newsletter contains links to a series of other sites with commentaries and condolences via:

We would also like to encourage you to make a donation to the Frederic S. Lee Heterodox Economics Scholarship Fund:

Fred will be sadly missed.

The Management Committee on behalf of the AHE


Fund raising event at SOAS, School of oriental and african studies,

AHE Response to INET

Proposed New Economic Curriculum and its Marginalisation of Heterodox Economics

Click here for the PDF of the Proposed New Economic Curriculum