Structural Inequalities Uncovered: the
Contributions of Heterodox Economics in
Tackling Racial and Gender Inequality

July 2nd – July 30th, 2021

Keynote Speakers

Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya

Professor Elissa Braunstein

Professor S. Charusheela

Professor William (“Sandy”) Darity Jr.

Professor Susan ‘Sue’ Himmelweit

Lyn Ossome

Elias Sampaio

Rhonda Sharpe

Professor Sunanda Sen

AHE Keynote Speakers


Friday 2nd July

2pm-3.30pm (BST):

Opening Plenary: Covid-19, gender inequalities and heterodox economics

Elissa Braunstein (Colorado State University, US): Stratification and Social Reproduction in a Post-Pandemic World: A Feminist Macro Perspective

Sue Himmelweit (Open University, UK): Gender equality requires a caring economy: first step a care-led recovery

Lyn Ossome (Institute for Economic Justice, South Africa): Rethinking economies of care in the wake of Covid-19 in Africa

3:30pm-4pm (BST)


4pm-5.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

 YSI Session 1: Inequalities Working Group

(Breakout Room 1)

Jheelum Sarkar (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Climate change and gender inequality

Caterina Manicardi (University of Pisa): Organising social reproduction and welfare provision: the case of Italy

Pablo Amsler (Universidad Nacional del Litoral): Class positioning and social structures in post-convertibility Argentina (2006-2015)

João Pedro Braga (University of the Witwatersrand): Finance for emergency relief: A comparative study of Brazilian and South African social policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis

Senior discussant: Luiza Nassif-Pires (Levy Institute)

Networking Session* 1: Dimensions of Inequalities

(Breakout Room 2)

Thereza Ballister (SOAS, University of London): The Effects of Financial Inclusion on Poverty and Income Inequality: a simultaneous equation model analysis

Deborah Noguera (Universidad Nacional de La Plata): The causes of inequality. A comparative study of capital, labour and property dynamics between central and peripheral countries

Julie Litchfeld (University of Sussex), Elodie Douarin (UCL) and Fatlinda Gashi (UCL): Angry men and Civic women? Gendered effects of conflict on political participation

Ana Paula Guidolin (State University of Campinas – Unicamp) and Ana Luíza Matos de Oliveira (FLACSO, Brazil): Feminist Contributions to the critique of economics: analyses from Mexico and Brazil

Avinash Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Social Identity and Inter-generational Mobility in India

You can access the material for the session here.

Networking Session* 2: Explanations of Economics

(Breakout Room 3)

Robin Latimer (Independent Researcher): Covid and the money system

Sophia Kuehnlenz (Manchester Metropolitan University): Economics’ envy: Physicists’ attempt to explain economic crises

Santiago Luzuriaga (University of Buenos Aires and University of Valencia)

You can access the material for the session here.

*Networking sessions contain pre-recorded material (presentations and papers). Participants are asked to access them and read/watch them before attending the session. The content of these will be discussed but they will not be presented again during the session.

Friday 9th July

2pm-3.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

Special Panel: Existence or Extinction? A Conversation on Salves for the Crises of our Times

(Breakout Room 1)

Ravi Batra (Southern Methodist University):  The Legacy of PC Sarkar: A Cyclical Paradigm of Societal Change

Roslyn Fuller (Solonian Democracy Institute): Deliberative Democracy and Sortition: Against Oligarchy

Fadhel Kaboub (Denison University – Ohio, US): The Case for Colonial and Climate Reparations

Genevieve Vaughn (International Feminists for a Gift Economy):The Matricentric Gift Economy

Rajani Kanth (Session Chair, World Peace Congress): The Provenance of the Episteme(s) of Late Modernist Self-Cannibalism

Presentation Session 1: Economics in Practice

(Breakout Room 2)

Claudia Fontanari (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre): The updated Okun method for estimation of potential output with broad measures of labour underutilization: an empirical analysis

Dirk Ehnts (TU Chemnitz) and Michael Paetz (University of Hamburg): COVID‐19 and its economic consequences for the Euro Area

Carlos Guerrero-de-Lizardi (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): On the precedence of constraints on economic growth: advocating the ecological footprint perspective

Thoralf Dassler (Westminster Business School): Derek Theoretical Disconnects Within the Resource-Based Theory: A discussion in support of obtaining confidence in measures and empirical findings

3:30pm-4pm (BST)


4pm-5.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

The Future of Economics Teaching Panel 1: Economics After Covid

(Breakout Room 1)

Mike Reynolds (University of Leeds)

Jo Michell (UWE Bristol)

Michelle Groenewald (Northwest-University, South Africa)

Presentation Session 2: Philosophical Approaches in Contemporary Issues

(Breakout Room 2)

Mu-Jeong Kho (UCL): Veblen and the Radical Turn: Can the Crisis “Covid 19 Pandemic” Truly Act as Trigger for Self-Organising a New Resilient System of Gender?

Valentina Erasmo (Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio): Extending Capabilities Conception of Individual in Economics: Relationality and Responsibility

Imko Meyenburg (Anglia Ruskin University): Brexit means Brexit: Epistemic modality and the ontology of political discourse

Monika Meireles (Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas, UNAM): Roots of Financial Instability in the Post-Keynesian Institutionalist Approach: what does indebtedness mean in the pandemic?

Friday 16th July

2pm-3.30pm (BST):

Special Plenary: Colonialism and the Role of Economics

S. Charusheela (University of Washington, US): “Colonial Traces in Heterodox Economics: Gender, Nation, State”

Elias Sampaio (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil): “Racial Inequalities as Pillars of Brazil’s Underdevelopment”

Sunanda Sen (Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India): “On Colonial mode of subordination for economies”

3:30pm-4pm (BST)


4pm-5.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

The Future of Economics Teaching Panel 2: Economics and Climate Change

(Breakout Room 1)

Molly Scott Cato (Green Party, UK)

Marco Veronese Passarella (University of Leeds)

Elke Pirgmaier (University of Lausanne)

Presentation Session 3: Decoloniality in Economics

(Breakout Room 2)

Ingrid Kvangraven (University of York): Dependency Theory and Racial Inequalities: A Call for Renewed Engagement

Roberto Veneziani (Queen Mary University of London): The Dynamics of International Exploitation

Marie Dyveke Styve (European University Institute): The White Supremacy of Mining Finance

Leandro Bona (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) Pluralism, socioeconomics and de-coloniality

Friday 23rd July

2pm-3.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

Ethics and Economics Panel 1

(Breakout Room 1)

María Isabel Encinar (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Félix-Fernando Muñoz (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid): Revisiting the analytical relationship of Ethics and Economics

Giancarlo Ianulardo (University of Exeter) and Aldo Stella (University of Perugia): Ethical reductionism and the neglect of the moral imagination in economics and economic education

Stefano Solari (University of Padova): Keeping alive non-individualistic ethics in political economy: a review of concepts from Aquinas to Habermas

Craig Duckworth (London South Bank University), Imko Meyenburg (Anglia Ruskin University) and Ioana Negru (University of Sibiu): Utilitarianism and Deliberation in Economics

Presentation Session 4: Global Perspectives of Neoliberalism

(Breakout Room 2)

Pedro Sampaio (UFRGS): Brazil’s economic downturn in Marxian categories, 2010-2015: from the Pink Tide to the Conservative Wave

Minu Jain: The “Chicago Boys” of India: Unpacking the Role of Neoliberal Economists in the making of Authoritarian India

Renan Araujo (UNICAMP) and Julia Bustamante (UNICAMP): The Relationship between Neoliberalism and Financialization: The Brazilian Case

Sam Sadian (University of South Africa): A consumer route to the economic polity? Wolfgang Streeck on consumption, post-democracy and neoliberal capitalism

3:30pm-4pm (BST)


4pm-5.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

The Future of Economics Teaching Panel 3: Where to for Economics Education?

(Breakout Room 1)

Alvin Birdi (University of Bristol)

Danielle Guizzo (University of Bristol)

Stefania Paredes-Fuentes (University of Warwick)

Presentation Session 5: Beyond the Individual: Agency and Capabilities in Economic Theory

(Breakout Room 2)

Elaine Agyemang Tontoh (The New School): Theorizing Motherhood within the Capabilities Approach and Marxist Feminist Social Reproduction Theory

Sheba Tejani (The New School) and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School): Gender and Covid-19: Workers in global value chains

Gabriella Corrêa Tavares (UFRJ), Isabella  Miranda Meyer (UFRJ) and Marília Bassetti Marcato (UFRJ):  Androcentric Bias of Neoclassical Paradigm and the Omission of the Female Economic Agent

Andreas Lichtenberger (The New School): Income as a matter of geography, sex, and race

5pm-5.45pm (BST)


Friday 30th July

2pm-3.30pm (BST): 

Closing Plenary: Tackling Racial Inequality – Heterodox Solutions

Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London, UK): “Economics without violence? Racial justice and collective survival”

Rhonda Sharpe (WISER, US): “At the Intersection of My Identities: The Complexity of Good Policy”

William (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. (Duke University, US): “Reparations and Racial Justice”

3:30pm-4pm (BST)


4pm-5.30pm (BST)

Parallel Sessions

YSI Session 2: Economic Development Working Group*

(Breakout Room 1)

*Please note this session will finish at 6pm

Harshita Bhasin (South Asian University): Socio-economic differentiation makes way for solidarity: The case of agrarian unrest in the Indian Punjab

Diana A. Prelorenzo (IHEAL – Paris 3): Changing World of Labour and Work in the tourism industry: empirical evidence from municipality of Cancun, Mexico

Bhavya Sinha (Colorado State University)

Chigozie Nelson Nkalu (University of Aberdeen): A Panel Investigation of Kaldor’s First Growth Law: Evidence from Sub-Saharan African Countries

Senior discussant: Deepankar Basu (UMass Amherst)

Ethics and Economics Panel 2

(Breakout Room 2)

Paolo Ramazzotti (University of Macerata): Racism, the economy and ethics: where does it all begin?

Ferda Dönmez Atbasi (Ankara University) and Irene Sotiropoulou (University of Hull): Ethics and grassroots economics – A quest for collective meaning

Ioana Negru (University of Sibiu) and Don Webber (University of Sheffield): Women’s publication strategies and academic career paths: Do institutions matter?