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AHE Statement on Covid-19 and economics

Black Lives Matter

Dear friends,

The Association for Heterodox Economics expresses its solidarity with all those fighting for justice against racism and inequality in the US, the UK and across the world. We are against all forms of discrimination and racism, including having a zero tolerance for institutionalised racism, often supported by and supporting economic structures.

As an international association with members from all over the world, we take pride in including voices of those excluded from mainstream organisations in our research and activities, while we remain committed to challenging institutionalized racism in all its forms within the field of economics, and society as a whole. We also recognize that we must also set an example with our actions in our respective areas- academia, the economics profession- and as responsible citizens. AHE aims to contribute to economic inquiry and policy analysis on inequality and its causes, in order to improve the lives of those who face discrimination. Furthermore this urges us to denounce in the strongest terms racism, and all forms of bias and human rights abuses globally. We will not rest until we have helped to ensure that the opportunity for all children during their lives is equal for all the communities of the world. 

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with African Americans and the larger Black community and we condemn all anti-Black racism as well as the lack of economic, social and life opportunity and the lack of health and safety that this brings.

In solidarity,


The World Transformed: The Contributions of Heterodox Economics Globally

The 22nd Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

As announced previously, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AHE conference originally scheduled to be held in Milton Keynes, UK on 3-5 July 2020 has been moved online.

A provisional programme can be downloaded here. Please not that with this new format, the selection process was very challenging, and many, many high quality abstracts could not be included. We have therefore set up a forum for asynchronous discussions that will run in parallel with the online conference.

More information about how to register will follow soon.

Keynote Speakers

Dora Barrancos is a Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and director of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Barrancos’ research areas include history, gender and sexualities.

Rama Salla Dieng is Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are in Agrarian Political Economy, Food and Capitalism in Africa, Gender and Development, and Economic Policy-making in Africa. Her new book Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond (with Andrea O’Reilly) is hot off the press!

Sheila Dow is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her main academic focus is on raising methodological awareness in the fields of macroeconomics, money and banking, and the history of economic thought. Recent books include Foundations for New Economic Thinking (2012) and the co-edited volume Money, Method and Post-Keynesian Economics for the 21st Century (2018).

Jason Hickel is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His present research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development and ecological economics. His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017. 

Chantal Naidoo is programme director with the European Climate Foundation in South Africa. She holds a PhD from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Her research relates to the role of financial systems in sustainability transition processes, national development banks, financing strategies for climate action and rethinking finance theories for sustainability.

Julia Steinberger is Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing). She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award for her research project ‘Living Well Within Limits’ investigating how universal human well-being might be achieved within planetary boundaries.

Ndongo Samba Sylla is Research and Programme manager at the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. He recently published the book L’Arme Invisible de la Francafrique (or “The Invisible Weapon of Franco-African Imperialism, with Fanny Pigeaud), where argues that the CFA Franc is a neocolonial currency union that presently constrains the social, political, and economic prospects of each of its member states.

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Prabhat Patnaik is Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and political economy. His most recent book is A Theory of Imperialism (2016) with Utsa Patnaik.

Eiman O. Zein-Elabdin (TBC) is Professor of Economics at Franklin & Marshall College. She has written extensively on postcolonial thought, economic development, the political economy of Africa, gender and economics, and institutional economics. Her most recent book is Economics, Culture and Development (2016).