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 Organising Values

Local – We are led by our local group, which are made up of voluntary organisers Connected – We bring people together and are more than the sum of our parts. We believe that our strength lies in our ability to build and organise a movement that is international, and that reaches both inside and outside of universities. We organise against a background of social movements of which we are one part. If you have an idea, we will use the strength of our network to help you enact it! Inclusive – We value diversity not only in ways of approaching the economy, but also in our membership and campaigning approaches. We strive to be accessible to people no matter where they are or who they are. Pluralist – We are respectful of one another and of each others ways of thinking, recognising that there is a lot we have yet to understand. We are explorers and seek out different ways of understanding the world. Engaged – We recognise that we are situated in wider political, economics and social contexts that we cannot ignore. We are reactive to the real world, to empirical data, and to our current political, ethical and ecological crises. Diverse and open – we incorporate and are open to a diverse range of ideas, methods and people. Respectful – we try to respect everyone’s ideas and their right to voice them.

  • 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 Curriculum 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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