Programme Overview
19th Annual Conference
July 10-12, 2017
Dalton Ellis Hall, University of Manchester, UK
Theme: Sustainable Economy and Economics

The 19th Association for Heterodox Economics conference welcomes all our visitors and participants.  Your papers and discussion will make the future brighter for humanity!

Please follows these links for the Detailed Conference Programme (PDF) and the Conference Booklet (PDF). Please contact the local conference organisers regarding corrections/omissions.

Most streams are on the conference theme whilst some are on core areas of heterodox economics research. Registration for the Conference is £190 (£130 concessions, click here).

We welcome all our plenary speakers, includingProf. Lynne Chester (Sydney),Prof. Anwar Shaikh (the New School, New York), Prof. Ozlem Onaran (Greenwich, London) and Prof. Clive Spash (WU Vienna University).





Day 1 Monday 10.07.17

9.30 Welcome
9.45 Session A1
Sustainable Water


11.00-11.30 tea
11.30-1 Session A2
Degrowth (1)
A. Ekeland
F. Cante
S. Bannister

1-2 lunch

2-3 Plenary 1
Lynne Chester Plenary
3.30-5 Session A3
Degrowth (2)
A. Barrett J.Steinberger B.Stratford


9.45 Session B1
Economics of the Gift
I. Negru
A.N. Sindzingre
P. Silvestri

11.00-11.30 tea
11.30-1 Session B2
Classical and
Keynesian Themes
G. Mongiovi E.Dickens P.Armstrong W.Jeffries

1-2 lunch

3.30-5 Session B3
Economics of the Gift
S.Kesting, M.Wrenn K.Stikkers W.Waller

This room is not used on
day 1.

Day 2 Tuesday 11.07.17


9.00 Session A4
Narratives of
Sustainable Economics


9.00 Session B4
Heterodox Economics
(Other Papers)


9.00 Session C1

Economic Studies


J. Mulberg I.Sotiropoulou A. Arntsen

10.00-10.30 tea
10.30-11.30 Plenary 2
Anwar Shaikh




12.30-1.30 lunch
1.30-3 Plenary 3
Ozlem Onaran and Clive Spash Joint Plenary



3.30-5 Session A5

Pedagogy of Heterodox Economics A. Mearman
Economic Studies
TBC G.Vargas

N. Lancastle
B. S. Zulfikar Savci

10.00-10.30 tea


10.30 -11.30 Room Empty



Heterodox Economics
(Other Papers)
W. A. AHMED H.W. Park
W. Fellner
(regretting a late lunch for this group)

12.30-1.30 lunch


3.30-5 Session B5
P. Chadarevian
P. Singh
S. Mouatt

P. Armstrong
B. Roper
C. McMahon
T. McDonough

10.00-10.30 tea
10.30-11.30 Room Empty


Country  Specific
Economic Studies
C. McCulloch


12.30-1.30 lunch



3.30-5 Session C2
Economic Studies
M.Kim S.Altowaim M.Touitou

Day 3 Wednesday 12.07.17

9.00 Session A6
Rural and Urban
S. Kumar Singh
A. Dubey
N. Sharmeen

10.00-10.30 tea
10.30-11.30 Plenary 4

11.30-1 Session A7
Economic Studies
Continued (TBC)
J. N.Cruz Marcelo


1-2 lunch
2-3 Plenary 4
Q&A  Session on Anwar Shaikh’s Book And Other Recent Books, With a Panel

3.30-5 Session A8
Room Empty

9.00 Session B6

Eurozone Economics
R Latimer
I. Alvarez
C. Oyvat


10.00-10.30 tea


11.30-1 Session B7
Eurozone Economics
J. Uxo
K. Helveg Petersen


1-2 lunch

3.30-4.30 Session B8
Discussion of Environmental Economics with Henry Levenson-Gower

9.00 Session C3

Narratives of the
S.M. Scott


10.00-10.30 tea


11.30-1 Session C4
Sustainable Water
Economics J.Benson E.Lobina


1-2 lunch

3.30-4.30 Session C5
Editing A Book (As Joint Authors) – Discussion

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17th Annual Conference
July 10-12, 2017
Sustainable Economy and Economics
University of Manchester, UK
Plenary speakers 2017
Our plenary speakers include Prof. Lynne Chester, Prof. Anwar Shaikh, Prof. Ozlem Onaran, and Prof. Clive Spash.

Prof. Lynne Chester’s Talk :  An Exit Strategy from Capitalism’s Ecological Crisis

Abstract: This presentation contends that an effective exit strategy from the ecological crisis does not lie within the current options presented by the broad dichotomy of alternative policy prescriptions: those advocating the reform of capitalism using the same mechanisms which have embedded the ecological crisis (e.g. ecological economics, steady-state economics); and, those proposing a new albeit highly unlikely socio-economic system (e.g. ecological Marxism, socialist ecology). Instead, there must be a significant shift in our thinking to design a strategy that directly addresses the interdependencies between the spheres that constitute the social and economic organization of capitalism. This presentation provides a contribution to this complex policy task through an analysis of the dialectical relationship between the ecological, energy and economic spheres and proposes a new regime of capitalist accumulation in which the imperative of ecological preservation is compatible with capitalism’s mode of production.

Prof. Anwar Shaikh (The New School, New York)

Title: Effective Demand and Profitability: Implications for Keynesian Policy

Marx and Keynes both emphasized that capitalist macrodynamics is inherently turbulent, that it is driven by volatile investment (accumulation), and that investment itself is regulated by its expected rate of return net of the interest rate. Keynes’ focus on the short run leads him to concentrate on the role of expectations as the key factor in investment. But in Marx’s case, expectations are themselves linked, in the reflexive sense of Soros, to actual profitability. And here, the relation of profits to wages and social balances of power become crucial. I will show how profitability structures, limits, and occasionally even negates Keynesian stimulus policies – in theory and in historical practice.

Anwar Shaikh is Professor of Economics
Department of Economics, Graduate Faculty
New School for Social Research
6 E. 16th Street, Room 1124
New York, NY 10003


His Capitalism Book webpage:

Twitter: @shaikhecon

Prof. Shaikh’s Brief Bio: Anwar Shaikh was born in Karachi, Pakistan and currently works as Professor in Economics at the New School for Social Research in New York.  He has argued that the theory of comparative costs is fundamentally incorrect. The theory of international trade is actually a subset of the general theory of competition. In a capitalist world, free international trade is conducted by businesses. Domestic exporters sell to foreign importers, who in turn sell to their residents, while domestic importers buy from foreign exporters and sell to us. At each step in the chain, it is profit that motivates the business decision. His extension has been to show both theoretically and empirically that international terms of trade are, in the end, relative prices regulated by relative real costs.  This is just one of many areas of his research, always taking the view that economics is a moral science.

Prof. Ozlem Onaran’s Talk: Purple and Green Public Investment and Equality Led Development for a Sustainable Society

Abstract to be provided later.

Prof. Onaran’s Brief Bio: Özlem Onaran is Professor of Economics at the University of Greenwich and the director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre. She has done extensive research on issues of inequality, wage-led growth, employment, globalization, gender, and crises. She has directed research projects for the International Labour Organisation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Science Foundation, and Unions21. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, Scientific Advisory Board of Hans Boeckler Foundation, and the Policy Advisory Group of the Women's Budget Group. She has more than seventy articles in books and peer reviewed journals such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, World Development, Environment and Planning A, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Review of Applied Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Eastern European Economics, and Review of Political Economy.

Before joining the University of Greenwich in 2012, Özlem has worked at several universities including the University of Westminster, the University of Applied Sciences-Berlin, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Istanbul Technical University.

Prof. Clive Spash

Social Ecological Transformation and the Need for a Critical and Realist Economics

The predominant discourse in economics regards development as growth through capital accumulation in order to provide material well-being.  Jobs and full-employment are then emphasised as priorities along with technology and innovation.  Both social and environmental problems created by the economic system are meant to be fixed by simple adjustments in prices, innovation and more growth.  There is an almost total absence of attention to biophysical reality, dependence on natural resources and environmental limits.  Economies are not closed equilibrium systems, they do not allocate resources efficiently through a price mechanism reflecting resource scarcities and they are not dominated by competitive small firms operating at zero profit.  There is also a lack of social realism including an absence of power relations, systemic exploitation, cost-shifting and the institutions operating in society built around a military-industrial complex.  Both social and biophysical realism are necessary for a meaningful economic science.  Without this economists cannot hope to understand the ongoing social and environmental crises of our times.  Realism also means avoiding rhetorically convenient metaphors that entail ignoring power and structure, and that fail to critique the root causes of problems.  Reform of economics requires removing the unrealistic conceptualisations of social, ecological and economic systems and employing explanatory and descriptive approaches to understand the political economy as it is structured today.  Inclusion of the social and biophysical in economics is not an option that can be ignored as something for specialists, but rather the heart of determining whom real economies benefit and harm, how they are able to reproduce and maintain themselves and whether they can survive.  Radical transformation of the current economic system is unavoidable due to energy and material depletion, dispersion and transformation.  How society responds is currently driven by narrow vested interests in an approach that defends existing power and denies the potentialities for socially just, environmentally ethical and economically equitable alternatives.

Brief Bio:  Prof. Spash’s background includes a BA from Stirling University in Economics, a Masters from University of British Columbia, and PhD Economics from University of Wyoming. He current holds the post of Chair of Public Policy and Governance at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (Department of Socio-Economics), having previously worked in a range of countries, and notably at Aberdeen University.

Recent Book: Clive L. Spash, editor (2017) Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society. (external link). This book brings together 50 new articles, commissioned by the editor from 63 international authors. The Handbook is the most comprehensive single source of original work on Ecological Economics to date. It addresses the meaning and content of Ecological Economics as a field of knowledge covering both critical social and natural science perspectives. A special emphasis is placed upon the importance of social ecological economics.  It dispels the myth of there being no alternatives to mainstream economics and orthodox thinking, analysis and tools.

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