Still Rethinking? The Need for Pluralism in Economics

30th Mar 2019 - 31st Mar 2019

Greenwich Campus

Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS

What is Still Rethinking about?

After the 2008 financial crisis, the call for different approaches and methodologies in Economics became irrefutable. But what has really changed in the way Economics is researched, taught and practiced? Is there progress towards a more pluralist agenda or are we facing a backlash from the established institutions? Should Economics be left entirely to economists?

At Still Rethinking, we want to look at the current state of Economics and the economy. The need for Pluralism in Economics and for interdisciplinary approaches seems to be more urgent than ever. Today, only a handful of universities offer pluralist programmes. Moreover, the ignorance of insights from other social sciences is concerning.

Our main aim is to look at challenges concerning economic theory, social relations, climate change, gender questions, inequalities, housing and Brexit, among other socially relevant and urgent issues of our time. What has Economics to offer with regard to these challenges?

Still Rethinking wants to provide a platform for discussing Pluralism in Economics and also aims to introduce undergraduate students and the general public to Pluralism.

There will be five streams:

  • The Need for Pluralism
  • Environmental Issues
  • Gender and Feminism
  • Inequality
  • Global Capitalism and Development

Who are the organisers?

Still Rethinking is being organised by Rethinking Economics Greenwich (REG) and the Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) at the University of Greenwich.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Kumhof, Senior Research Advisor in the Research Hub at Bank of England.Hismain research interests are the quantitative evaluation of monetary reform proposals, modelling the role of banks in the macro-economy, the role of economic inequality in causing imbalances and crises, and the macroeconomic effects of fossil fuel depletion.

Victoria Chick, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University College London, is one of the world's leading scholars of Keynes and monetary economics. She held visiting posts in a variety of countries, served on the council and executive committee of the Royal Economic Society, the governing bodies of UCL and the University of London and on the editorial boards of several journals.

Denise Hawkes, Professor in Education Economics and Head of Department (International Business & Economics), University of Greenwich. Her research is broadly applied social economics and truly multi-disciplinary, using econometric techniques to topics from labour economics, education transitions, social policy and economic demography.

plus over 40 speakers listed below and on our conference website.

The conference will last for all of Saturday 30th March, starting from 10.30. The last event of the day will be the launch of The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx at 18.00. This will be followed by a drinks reception. On Sunday, panels will start from 11.00. The conference will end around 16.00.


This event is free if you are a Greenwich staff, student or alumni.

Passport Points: Greenwich students will receive 20 passport points for attending each day of this event.  All you need to do is email with your name.

If you are coming from outside Greenwich, get your tickets here

Tickets include food and drinks throughout the two-day conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Carolina Alves, Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics at Girton College, Cambridge. Her research interests include Macroeconomics, Money, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Public Debt, Financialisation, Marxist Economics and Latin America.

Frances Coppola is the author of the Coppola Comment finance and economics blog, a contributor to Forbes and the Financial Times, and an occasional blogger for Open Democracy and other publications.

Yannis Dafermos is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England. His research focuses on financial macroeconomics, climate change and finance, ecological macroeconomics and inequality.

Michael Davies is Economist and Secretary at Progressive Economy Forum. Prior to this, Michael worked as a researcher for two years in Lord Robert Skidelsky's parliamentary office. He holds a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

James G Dyke, Visiting Academic within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton. He models the Earth system in order to try to understand how it works and how humans interact with it.

Joe Earle is the co-author of Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts. He is the founding member of the Post-Crash Economics Society at Manchester University and chief executive at Economy (

Giorgos Galanis is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Goldsmiths University. His research uses behavioural models to answer questions related to inequality and distribution, governance, political stability, financial stability and environmental sustainability.

Sara Gorgoni has been a lecturer at the Department of International Business & Economics at the University of Greenwich Business School since September 2010 where she teaches Managerial Economics and Business Economics. She is a member of Reteaching Economics.

Danielle Guizzo Archela is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of West England, with a research focus on the history and philosophy of political economy. She is an affiliate researcher at Autonomy ( and a member of Reteaching Economics (

Alex Guschanski is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Greenwich. His research specialises in the relationship between political institutions and the decline in the wage share.

Annina Kaltenbrunner is a Lecturer in the Economics of Globalisation and the International Economy at Leeds University Business School. Her areas of research are development economics, international finance, monetary economics, international political economy, heterodox economics and methodology.

Jakob Kapeller, Professor of Socioeconomics at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and Editor of Heterodox Economics Newsletter.

Ewa Karwowski, Senior lecturer in economics, board member of the Post-Keynesian Economics Society, a founding member of Reteaching Economics. Her research focuses on finance, financialisation and development.

Ingrid Kvangraven, Lecturer in International Development at the University of York's Department of Politics and the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre.  She is the founder and Editor of the blog Developing Economics.

Henry Leveson-Gower is Founder and Chief Executive of Promoting Economic Pluralismand editor of The Mint.  He has been a practicing pluralist economist and policy analyst for almost 25 years.

Rob Macquarie leads Positive Money's work on the monetary system and sustainability, and on making central banking more democratically accountable. Rob previously worked for Vivid Economics in London, consulting on development and environmental projects, and has written for the New Statesman.

Jo Michell is Associate Professor in Economics at UWE Bristol and blogging at and

Maria Nikolaidi is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Greenwich. She is also a Fellow at the Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM). Her research interests include financial fragility, macroeconomic policy, bank regulation and ecological macroeconomics.

Tony Norfield, worked for nearly 20 years in City of London dealing rooms, completing his career in a major European bank as Executive Director responsible for global FX strategy. He was awarded a PhD in Economics from SOAS in 2014, and is the author of The City: London and the Global Power of Finance.

Özlem Onaran, Co-Director of PEGFA and Professor of Economics at University of Greenwich. She has directed research projects for Rebuilding Macroeconomics/ESRC, the International Labour Organisation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Science Foundation, and Unions21.

Cem Oyvat, Lecturer in Economics at the University of Greenwich. He received his Phd in Economics from University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2014 with his dissertation titled "Essays on the Evolution of Inequality". His research interests include development economics, macroeconomics, international economics, income distribution and political economy.

Simon Pirani, Senior Visiting Research Fellow on the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies' Natural Gas Programme, has published widely on the development of natural gas markets, and changing consumption patterns, in the former Soviet Union. His most recent book is Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, published by Pluto in 2018.

Hector Pollitt is a Director and the Head of Modelling at Cambridge Econometrics. He is a post-Keynesian economist with particular expertise in macroeconomic modelling. His research focuses on the complex linkages between the economy and the consumption of natural resources. Much of his recent work, both on a research and consultancy basis, is centred around applications of the E3ME model for policy analysis.

Lesley Rankin, researcher at IPPR and author of "This is a crisis: Facing up to the age of environmental breakdown"

Michael Roberts has worked as an economist in the City of London for over thirty years. He is the author of The Great Recession: a Marxist view, The Long Depression and Marx 200. He blogs at

Tomás Rotta is Lecturer in Economics in the International Business & Economics department at the University of Greenwich in London and co-editor of the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx.

Josh Ryan-Collins is Head of Research at the UCL Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose and author of Why Can't You Afford a Home? (The Future of Capitalism). Before joining IIPP, Josh was Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), one of the UK's leading think tanks. There he led a research programme focused on money, credit, banking and the macroeconomics of land and housing.

Gregor Semieniuk is a Lecturer in Economics at SOAS, University of London, currently Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL and Associate Research Faculty at the Science Policy Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He is a lead author on UNEP's 2018 Emission Gap Report on low-carbon innovation policy.

Engelbert Stockhammer, Professor of International Political Economy at King's College London.He has done research projects for the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the International Labour Office (ILO).  Engelbert does research in political economy and macroeconomics, on issues of financialisation, distribution and  growth and economic policy in Europe.

Beth Stratford is an ESRC-funded PhD student at Leeds University looking at how and why to guard against rent extraction and rent-seeking in a resource-constrained (and likely growth-constrained) future. She is a fellow at the New Economics Foundation, a co-founder of the London Renters Union, and a member of the Post-Growth Economics Network.

Hanna Szymborska, Lecturer in Economics, at The Open University. She co-founded @DivDecEcon, is on the committee @hetecon & and is a member @ReteachEcon.

Matt Vidal is Reader in Sociology and Comparative Political Economy in the Institute for International Management. His research interests include the sociology of work, organizations and labor markets, political economy, comparative-historical sociology and social theory. He is co-editor of the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx.

Rafael Wildauer, Lecturer in Economics at the Univeristy of Greenwich. His research focuses on the effects of changes in the distribution of income on economic growth and the indebtedness of the household sector and statistical modelling of the distribution of household wealth based on survey data.

James Wood is a Teaching Associate in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on a comparative political economy account of the financialisation of advanced economies, with a particular emphasis on systems of household debt in Britain and Denmark.

Wanda Wyporska, FRSA is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality to improve the quality of life in the UK. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of Equally Ours and Governor of a primary school in Tottenham.

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