Economics and the Economic System: The Ecological Transition – STOREP pre-conference

The Inequality, Political Economy of Europe, and States and Markets Working Groups are happy to announce a call for papers to the YSI Pre-conference@ STOREP 2022. We invite you to submit your abstract to the pre-conference event organized by the Young Scholars Initiative at the STOREP annual conference. The pre-conference will take place at Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Dipartimento di Economia, Ingegneria, Società e Impresa (DEIM), Viterbo, Italy on May 25-26, right before the 19th annual STOREP Online Conference (26-28 May 2021). Young scholars can apply to the call for abstracts of both working groups. If selected, you will be invited to present your work. Selections will be made based on merit. Discounted fees, partial travel stipends, and accomodation available for selected participants.
Do not miss this opportunity to get involved:1. Young scholars presentations; 2. Mini course on input-output; 3. Seminars by renowned scholars.

The conference is scheduled to take place in person but arrangements are liable to change according to the evolution of the pandemic.

In a context of a global climate and health crisis, the effects of inequality, and the urge to put in practice the Next Generation EU to tackle divergences between member States have emerged more critically than ever before. These challenges appear in a context of unprecedented turmoil, in the middle of a pandemic followed by an energy crisis. The shock triggered by the virus has motivated the launch of an unprecedented plan (The Next Generation EU) that will determine how European Union member countries cope with the climate crisis, testing their ability to persecute the project of European Integration while putting aside its limitations. In these circumstances, the multiple dimensions of inequality have shown to be amplified by the shock, and the era of transition threats further the more vulnerable. Accordingly, current theory and policies are called into question, in the urge to come up with innovative ways to navigate the** Ecological Transition**.

We encourage contributions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

• economics and the environment
• ecological macroeconomics
• post-Keynesian and ecological economics
• input-output analysis for sustainability
• the inequalities-environment nexus
• sustainability and (vs.) circular economy
• the role of technological change in promoting sustainability
• sustainable development goals and global green new deals
• monetary and fiscal policies for the transition
• Quantitative and qualitative climate-economy scenarios
• the macroeconomic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic
• pedagogical strategies for teaching climate economics
• the state of economic research and teaching about climate change

All applicants must submit an abstract in English (300 words maximum). The submission deadline is March 31st. Decisions will be made based on clarity, relevance and originality of abstracts outlining the research question, method and (preliminary) results.
Do not miss this opportunity of getting valuable feedback from mentors and remaining part of the community.
The YSI will be offering partial travel stipends and accomodation to young scholars presenting at the pre-conference.

How to Apply

Young scholars can apply to the call for abstracts of both working groups. If selected, you will be invited to present your work. Selections will be made based on merit.
Submit your abstract here
Deadline: March 31st
Contact: inequality@youngscholarsinitiative.org or stefano.dibucchianico@uniroma3.it
For further Info visit the Conference webpage here .

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posted March 24, 2022

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P4NE is hiring a Convening & Communications Role

Partners for a New Economy is an international donor collaborative that wants the economic system to generate positive environmental and social outcomes.We were founded in 2015 by the MAVA, Oak, Marisla and KR Foundations and have since welcomed Ford Foundation, Laudes and Omidyar Network to our international donor collaborative. Our vision is an economy that enables communities, people and nature to thrive.

Over the next 6 months at P4NE we have a range of activities we want to deliver that will help us further our mission and we need some extra support to do so.

Some of these activities include:

  • Arranging and hosting monthly learning, insight and narrative sessions with our grantees
  • Hosting one-off online events around specific topics, open to a wider audience
  • Hosting collective sensemaking activities with different New Economy networks 
  • Publishing a monthly newsletter and other content 
  • Hosting a 2-day convening with our grantees and partners

To support all of these activities we are looking for someone to join us for an initial 6 months (May – November). You will work closely with our Field-building and Networks Lead, as well as the wider P4NE team and other contractors working on the larger convening.

We are looking for someone who can do the following:

  • Able to write, edit and curate different kinds of content in both a formal and informal style – blogs, social media cards, newsletters, learning insight decks etc. 
  • Suggest and operate digital tools for content, events, sensemaking and collaboration (Substack, Zoom, Miro, Slido etc)
  • Work independently and use initiative 
  • Bring ideas and creativity to the table
  • Highly organised and able to adapt and flex in how you work
  • Confident to co-facilitate online spaces and events
  • Interest in the New Economy movement 

The production of the convening will involve other contractors, including an event producer, so this role won’t be expected to be responsible for that.

We are hoping to contract someone to start from May 1st – November 1st 2022.

There is a budget of £15-£20,000 for this contract, which we’re considering as 3 days a week over 6 months, or with monthly agreed deliverables. We will be using these 6 months to better understand what we need for P4NE going forward in terms of comms, engagement and learning capacity so we will be looking to approach this role in an ‘action learning’ style.

To apply for the work please send us a short document (no more than 1 page) to crobinson@p4ne.org sharing how you would approach the work and any experience you have of doing similar activities and working with a small, agile team in an emergent way.

Deadline to apply is Midnight on Monday April 4th 2022. 

If you have any questions about the work, please get in touch with Cassie – crobinson@p4ne.org

Any questions that people ask will get shared on this google doc so that everyone can see questions and answers as they come in.

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posted March 22, 2022

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Using ‘Economy Studies’ to effectively campaign for curriculum change

Join us for the January edition of the Curriculum Change Squad Call on Friday January 28 at 17:30 CET!

This month we will be joined by Joris Tieleman – the co-founder of Rethinking Economics Netherlands and the Co-author of Economy Studies. Joris works at Our New Economy, a small Dutch independent think tank working to renew economic thinking and practice.

To learn more about Economy Studies, check out their website at https://www.economystudies.com/

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oikos International

posted January 28, 2022

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“Mapping Pluralist Research” report published

oikos International is excited to announce the publication of a new report on pluralist economics. This report, titled “Mapping Pluralist Research” provides an overview of the research which has come out of the student movement for pluralism in economics. Student organizations working to reform economics education have been very active recently, and this short document tries to put all our hard work in one place.

Mapping Pluralist Research was written by J.Christopher Proctor, the former oikos Associate in Pluralist Economics. If you’re still not sure what all this pluralism stuff is about, check out our oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics here.

You can download Mapping Pluralist Research here.

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oikos International

posted March 12, 2019

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oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics translated to Italian

We are proud to announce that our oikos guide to pluralist economics is now available in Italian thanks to the hard work of the members of Rethinking Economics Italia.

The guide introduces readers to the wonderful world of pluralist economics, which envisions an economics where a diverse set of theories and methods are taught to students in the undergraduate education. It is a great tool for self or group study, and is used in an interactive workshop that helps students get into the shoes of different types of economists.

The guide was created last year by J.Christopher Proctor in his role as the oikos Associate. The translation was done by the members of Rethinking Economics Padova and Torino.

See the Italian version here.

You can access the English version of the guide here. To learn more about running the pluralist workshop, or if you’re interested in translating the guide into your language, contact J.Christopher at j.christopher.proctor@oikos-international.org

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posted February 7, 2019

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Sustainability International’s Alliance with ConsenSys – Leveraging Technology for Social Impact

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Social entrepreneur Chinyere Nnadi (Nnadi), Co-founder & CEO of Sustainability International (SI), had started his non-profit organisation to provide innovative solutions using technology to alleviate poverty in Africa. Since childhood Nnadi had beheld adversity in Nigeria that had been grappling with oil pollution due to decades of oil drilling and spills in the Niger Delta.  Nnadi observed that the environmental damages in Nigeria had resulted in the loss of livelihoods of farmers and fishermen, causing appalling public health hazards and mass unemployment. To end this misfortune, Nnadi’s SI team launched various projects ranging from infrastructure developments to providing education to girls and creating healthcare awareness. SI had also partnered with various government agencies, companies and NGOs and was using breakthrough technologies such as BIOCLEAN™ Biotechnology to restore the oil-contaminated sites. When Nnadi observed that widespread systematic corruption and distrusts among locals in Nigeria could hamper his initiatives, he started focusing more on utilising breakthrough technologies in his projects.  Towards this end, Nnadi’s SI collaborated with ‘Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition’, an initiative of the US based ConsenSys in mid-2017 to cleanup the Niger Delta and eventually improve the socio-economic condition of Nigeria. Would Nnadi be able to realise his dream of  alleviating corruption, poverty and improve the socio-economic condition of the region? Would SI be able to ‘solve the 20th century problems with 21st century solutions’ in Africa?

AuthorsShwetha Kumari
InstitutionAmity Research Centers, Bangalore, India
Competition Year2018
PlaceRunner Up
TrackSocial Entrepreneurship
Key WordsChinyere Nnadi, Africa’s Socio-economic condition, Niger Delta, Nigeria, Social entrepreneurship, Blockchain for Social impact , Oil pollution, BIOCLEAN, ConsenSys, Shell companies and NGOs, Environment and Economy, Oil spills and loss of livelihoods , One Farm, Virtual Reality Storytelling, Podcast Series – "Transitions, Development infrastructure
CoursesEthics and Social Responsibility
Target AudienceBusiness Management Students
Permission rightsThis case is part of the oikos free case collection. Download a free online copy below. If you are a faculty member and you are interested in teaching this case, you can request a free teaching note by sending us an email to freecase@oikos-international.org.
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oikos International

posted June 5, 2018

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Preserve: Growing a Sustainable Consumer Goods Company

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This case presents the startup and growth of Preserve, a sustainability-driven business and B Corp, in the circular economy. The company has grown over the years as a housewares and personal care consumer goods company in the retail industry with a closed loop business model on #5 plastics. With this operational model, Preserve managed to create social and commercial value by attaining strategic growth while meeting its social mission. To serve dual-purpose (social and commercial), Preserve helped its partners achieve sustainability goals, but these investments did not necessarily add to the financial bottom line and short-term growth of the company. The case focuses on the meaning of “growth” as the strategic intent for a sustainability-driven business. It explores to what extent a purpose-driven business like Preserve could meet the challenge of simultaneously being a social value leading business and keeping financial sustainability with the current business model.

The case examines Preserve’s founding mission and organizational values, and it discusses the tradeoff between social mission and economic goals any growth-driven sustainable company would face. It puts into perspective the importance of stakeholder collaboration and communication for sustainability and growth. The case introduces the framework of SEERS – Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility and Sustainability – for evaluating Preserve’s sustainability strategy. The SEERS framework contains four elements: (1) identifying purpose and strategic intent, (2) engaging stakeholders, (3) developing metrics, and (4) implementing cascading innovations. It provides opportunities for considering strategic decision-making with respect to economic and social value generation and social responsibility.

AuthorsSinan Erzurumlu
InstitutionBabson College, USA
Competition Year2018
PlaceSecond Prize
TrackSocial Entrepreneurship
Key WordsSustainability, circular economy, closed loop, recycling, social and commercial value, blended value, Benefit corporation, B corporation, SEERS, corporate responsibility, start-up, entrepreneurship, operations management, household products, leadership, strategy
CoursesCorporate Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovations, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Sustainability, Business and the Environment, and Corporate Social Responsibility
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergrads, Executive Education
Permission rightsThis case will be published at the Case Centre shortly. You find an inspection copy for download below.
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oikos International

posted June 5, 2018

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oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics

Pluralist economics is the idea that the best way to understand the economy is to study a large number of competing theories. If you’ve studied economics in the past, this might sound like a pretty foreign concept. Economics is often taught as if it is a hard science, with strict rules that need to be followed if one is to come to the correct answer. Pluralist economists disagree with this vision of economics. Instead, they think that listening to and respecting a diverse set of voices is a sign of strength, not weakness.

This guide was created by oikos associate J.Christopher Proctor to give people a quick introduction to pluralist economics. For questions about pluralism, or to host a workshop on the topic, contact J.Christopher at j.christopher.proctor@oikos-international.org.

Download the guide here.

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oikos International

posted February 9, 2018

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Pluralist economics: coming to a classroom near you?

Economics can be a pretty dull subject, both in the way it is presented and in the types of ideas it includes. But oikos is working to change that!

For last month’s Futurelab, oikos Associate J.Christopher Proctor led a team that developed an interactive workshop which introduced oikees to a new kind of economics. Using a number of engaging role playing games, the workshop asks participants to step into the shoes of various types of economists to make speeches, act out plays and even create ‘economic’ street art.

Participants come away from the workshop with a better understanding of economic approaches such as behavioral, ecological and feminist economics, and with an idea of what it looks like to study ‘pluralist economics’ in which diverse frameworks and ideas are taught alongside one another.

There is currently an active international student movement to promote pluralist economics, with groups like Rethinking Economics, PEPS-Economie, and the Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik arguing that new ideas and critical debate are desperately needed in economics and business schools.

Now is your chance to introduce your local oikos group to the world of pluralist economics! In the coming months, J.Christopher will be taking his workshop on tour to try to reach as much of the oikos family as possible. He’ll also be holding webinar-workshops for groups he’s not able to visit in person.

If you’re interested in setting up an event, contact him at J.Christopher.Proctor@oikos-international.org. And if you’re interested in a more detailed introduction to pluralist economics, check out the new book he helped edit: Rethinking Economics: An introduction to pluralist economics (discount code FLR40 at checkout for 20% off).

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oikos International

posted November 8, 2017

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Addressing sustainability and inequality at a global level : how other worlds (may) emerge

Increased global interconnectivity has encouraged a prevalence of forums that seek to organise and facilitate action on sustainability and inequality on a global scale. A body of work has examined such global forums and the theoretical contexts in which they operate but there is little which examines the nature of engagement through these forums to address issues of sustainability and inequality. This thesis explores social actors’ participation in two global forums, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Social Forum (WSF), with the aim of creating more sustainable and equal worlds. It has been structured around four overarching research questions as follows. RQ1. What are the perceived relationships between dominant and dominated social actors in global sustainability debates? RQ2. How do different social actors perceive the global field as embodied by the two world forums? RQ3. How do different social actors perceive the struggle in the field, and the strategies adopted? RQ4. How do different social actors perceive the lasting impact of their own participation in the field? Using Bourdieu’s social theory, I propose that the research settings of WEF and WSF are enactments and representations of a global field of power (RQ1). In this global field of power, social actors use global capital, a form of symbolic capital, to define the doxa of the field, that is, the taken-for-granted assumptions about issues of sustainability and inequality that require response, how they are defined and how they should be resolved (RQ2). I discuss the tensions and dilemmas of social actors as they enact strategies within the field to promote conservation, succession and/or subversion of the doxa in relation to these issues of sustainability and inequality (RQ3). The nature and extent of shifts in the global field of power as perceived by social actors is shown, with the aim that such shifts will support the creation of other more sustainable and equal worlds (RQ4). The empirical material gives participant impressions of their own involvement, which has implications for the identities, roles and activities of global social actors.

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oikos International

posted March 21, 2017

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