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17th Annual Conference

2-4 July 2015 - Southampton Solent University

Extended Call for Papers – Abstracts now by the 28th of February

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 – Accommodation

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.

Details of cost of optional Conference Dinner to be confirmed.

Accommodation Options –

Jurys Inn Hotel - £75 a night bed and breakfast – 5 minutes walk from conference (advised to approach earlier than latter, contact us for further details) –

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).

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: