AHE Annual Conference 2009

The 11th Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

Heterodox Economics and Sustainable Development, 20 years on

Kingston University, London
9-12 July 2009

In more than ten years the AHE has established a reputation as a major national and international forum for the discussion of alternatives to mainstream economics, and for the interdisciplinary and pluralistic nature of its discussions. It is also contributing to strengthening the community of heterodox economists, and to the development of heterodox economic theory on various themes through the dissemination of ideas and arguments.

This year, the Conference theme is Heterodox Economics and Sustainable Development, twenty years on. Sustainable development is the main challenge facing humankind for this century. The recognition of fundamental failures within mainstream economics and discontent amongst people concerned about environmental problems are widespread. This make the case for alternatives, interdisciplinarity and pluralism, i.e. all the core standpoints of the AHE movement. The aim of this conference is to offer an overview of the current insights of heterodox approaches to sustainability issues and to serve as a call to action to the heterodox community to begin to pull together a coherent perspective that would permit conscientious and productive consideration of problems.

In that perspective we particularly encourage submissions on:

  • The state of the art on sustainable development and in particular the meaning of being heterodox with respect to this challenge.
  • The state of heterodox approaches on sustainability issues in the broadest sense (including both environmental and social concerns), including Critical Realism, Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics, Green Economics, Austrian Economics, Institutional economics, Marxian economics, Post-Keynesian economics, and Social Economics.
  • The potential trade-offs and/or synergies between various heterodox perspectives on sustainability issues.
  • The need for engagement in the wider public sphere, including the theme of education for sustainable development.


This year poster sessions will also be organized for postgraduate or postdoctoral students who would like to discuss their work with others but are not yet in a position to provide a full paper.


PDF Call for Papers

PDF Programme

PDF Participants

PDF Coordinator’s Report