About Us

Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics in society and the classroom.

Through a mixture of campaigning, events and engaging projects, Rethinking Economics connects people globally to discuss and enact the change needed for the future of economics, and to propel the vital debate on what economics is today.

Our Vision

To bring together groups that practice and promote an economics that is:

Open to new, neglected and critical economic perspectives and methodologies, and to academic disciplines outside of economics (the three ‘pluralisms’). All undertaken in a spirit of collaboration and humility.

Relevant to the real world and the deep challenges we face, ensuring economics students and academics recognise their roles and responsibilities as political actors, within their institutions and within wider public life.

For everyone, not just the academic economist but the public at large, to encourage learning and discussion about economics among all of us who participate in a society shaped by economic forces.

Our demands are in line with the ISIPE Open Letter
Our Values

Volunteer-led and energetic – we are run on a do-it-yourself, get-involved and muck-in basis.

Diverse and open – we incorporate and are open to a diverse range of ideas, methods and people.

Inclusive – we strive to actively include people from different groups; this includes a commitment to recognising and checking our own privileges. We try to use clear language, and aim to provide education at all levels of access.

Respectful – we try to respect everyone’s ideas and their right to voice them.

Engaged – we are relevant to the real world and take seriously our current political, ethical, and ecological crises.

Local – we support local initiatives by networking local groups together to make them stronger.

  • Supporting Growing The Network

    Fundamental to our network are our local groups and the work that we as organisers do in them.

    Together we support existing local groups to become stronger and more sustainable with skill sharing, materials, support and access to networking events. Facilitating communications between member groups enables us to share news, contacts and resources.

  • Campaigning for Curricculum Reform

    Campaigning is the core way by which we aim to achieve critical, open, pluralist curricula, through local groups working closely together to demand the curriculum reform we all are calling for.

    By coordinating our efforts on regional and international levels through the network we are able to be effective, strategic and supportive of the step-change required to see a higher education that adopts the new curricula we call for.

  • Why Democratise Economics?

    Democratising economics means both being the change we want to see providing greater access and debate around economics in the public, creating a wider demand for curriculum reform.

    Raising an awareness of the shortfalls of contemporary economics education and how this feeds into policy that affects the everyday lives of the general public.

    Creating demand for new journalism and political discourse by creating a more literate and critical public through materials, spaces and discussions around what economics can and should be in the world today.

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