Economics for Campaigners Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre

Overview

Free public events organized by Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre/ Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (GPERC/PEGFA)

"Economics for Campaigners" is a series of free public events for citizens and campaigners, who want to understand economics to make an impact on economic policies and contribute to policy debates in their organizations and communities at the local, national or international level. We will have an interactive discussion exploring difficult questions; we will debunk myths, challenge common misconceptions, and discuss alternatives to mainstream policies. 

The aim is to support citizens and campaigners to become confident in contributing to policy debates in their communities and organisations about the most urgent social and economic questions of our time. We assume no prior background knowledge and aim to introduce key concepts building on your experience as citizens or campaigners. 

All events are scheduled for 19:00-21:00 to make it feasible to attend after work.  Events are two hours per session including an introduction and lots of time for debate in a participatory format including group discussions and/or questions and answers.

While the events are free, please register here

All events are at the University of Greenwich, Park Row, SE10 9LS, Greenwich, London. The details of the programme and location are below.

Next Event

Feminist economics: Gender equality and a caring economy

15 November 2018, 19:00, Queen Anne Court, QA063

Sue Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor, Open University

Susan is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Open University, a feminist economist working on intra-household inequalities, the economics of caring, and the gender implications of economic policy. She is a member of the Commission on Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy, and of various advisory groups, including for the Equality and Human Rights Commission on "Making Fair Financial Decisions". In 2009, she was the President of the International Association for Feminist Economics and is on the Editorial Board of its journal Feminist Economics. She is the Chair of the Policy Advisory Group for the Women's Budget Group.

Please register for tickets here.

Future Events

These events will take place in 2019. The speakers and exact dates are still to be announced.

Alternative forms of Social Ownership: Public and municipal ownership and democratic participation

Jane Lethbridge, Principal Lecturer in Public Services, UoG, 2019, date TBA

Green economy, climate change, and energy

Maria Nikolaidi, Senior Lecturer in Economics, UoG and Yuliya Yurchenko, Lecturer in International Business, 2019, date TBA

  • How will climate change affect our economies?
  • What is the circular economy?
  • What is the carbon bubble?
  • Can we develop a green financial system?

Housing as a human right

Date and speaker TBA

Local Economy

Date and speaker TBA

Past Events

Public spending

To borrow or not to borrow?

14 May 2018, 19:00, Queen Anne Court, QA065

Özlem Onaran, Professor of Economics, UoG

  • What is the government budget? What is fiscal policy and what is its aim?
  • What do/should governments spend on? What is green and purple public investment?
  • How can it be financed?
  • What are taxes, who pays taxes?
  • How much can/should the government borrow?
  • Is there a role for the Bank of England and monetary policy? What is "People's Quantitative Easing (QE)"?
  • Is there a role for a National Investment Bank?

Alternative forms of Social Ownership: Cooperatives

21 June 2018, 19:00, Queen Anne Court, QA075

Adotey Bing-Pappoe, Lecturer in International Business and Economics, UoG and Izzet Hickmet, Darrick Woods School

  • Adotey Bing-Pappoe, Workers cooperatives 
    • What are cooperatives?
    • Kinds of cooperatives
    • Cooperatives as instruments of resistance, examples from India, Spain, Italy, USA and Argentina
    • The problems that cooperatives have posed for mainstream economics
    • Some ideas for growing the cooperative movement in the UK
  • Izzet Hickmet, Multi-stakeholder cooperatives
    • What are stakeholders? What are Multi-stakeholder cooperatives and what are their aims? 
    • How do they differ from traditional cooperatives?  Why I think they can offer so much. 
    • Examples of Multi-stakeholder cooperatives.
    • Multi-stakeholder cooperatives and renationalisation

What is finance for?

11 October 2018, 19:00, Queen Anne Court, QA075

Jeff Powell, Senior Lecturer in Economics, UoG

  • How has the role of the financial sector changed over time, and why has it changed?  
  • How big should the financial sector be?  
  • How do we understand or even measure the costs and benefits of finance?  
  • What is financialisation?  Are we financialised? (and could we be de-financialising?)
  • What to do about all this?  Does regulation work?  What about 'alternative finance'? 

Who earns and owns how much? Income, wealth, gender and race inequality

8 November 2018, 19:00, Queen Anne Court, QA075

Rafael Wildauer, Lecturer in Economics, UoG  and Prof Sian Moore, UoG

The polarization of the distribution of income and wealth is well documented due to renewed interest and research efforts in the area. This presentation will first introduce different theories for explaining distributional outcomes and the main factors driving these outcomes. Contrasting different theories will be supported by an overview of the current empirical evidence across countries. The last part deals with the question which policy conclusions can be drawn from the available evidence.

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