The Corona Pandemic and the AHE conference

In an online meeting on Friday 13th of March the Management Committee of the AHE discussed the preparations for the annual conference in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The committee decided: 

1) The scientific preparations should continue as planned. We therefore encourage the submission of abstracts (and their reviewing) and the panel preparations. 

2) To immediately start investigating the possibility of holding a virtual conference, completely or partially, since travel restrictions etc. might be different in early July in different parts of the world. 

3) That the AHE should not make any irreversible financial commitments until it is clearer if the conference can go ahead as usual or major changes have to be made. In addition, we have decided to not take any payments for conference fees at this stage. Please keep a close eye on further announcements on the AHE website.

4) To advise ALL key-note speakers and participants to NOT make any irreversible booking of tickets or accommodation until the format of the conference is decided i.e. without a suitable cancellation policy or cancellation insurance.

5) To have a committee meeting Friday 3rd of April to review the situation and immediately inform prospective conference attendees.
Published: 16.3.2020, 12.30 AM


Call for Papers: 22nd Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

Theme: Heterodox Economics Globally

Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

July 2-4, 2020

As a thriving research community, heterodox economics is experiencing increased global interconnectedness and increased global engagement regarding the definition of heterodox economics, its theoretical foundations, methodologies and associated policy recommendations. This conference will bring together scholars from a variety of backgrounds to discuss how heterodox economics is understood differently in different contexts, exploring what the commonalities and variations are.

This Call for Papers invites proposals on any topic within heterodox economics, including (but not restricted to): multiple and competing conceptions of heterodoxy across the globe; history of heterodox communities and scholars in national or global contexts; any global and/or local challenges faced by heterodoxy; and how heterodoxy informs policy in different contexts. Proposals on the following areas are particularly welcomed: heterodox approaches in development, heterodox economics and decolonial theory, and heterodox economics and climate change.

The AHE has established a reputation as a major forum for the discussion and development of interdisciplinary and pluralistic alternatives to mainstream economics. It is committed to strengthening the community of heterodox economists, and to the development of heterodox economic theories. We especially encourage submissions from scholars who are underrepresented in Economics, such as women, people of color, and people from the Global South.

Deadline for abstracts: April 1st 2020.

Indicate in your submission if you are applying for an early career bursary to offset the cost of UK travel. Full papers for bursaries and/or prize considerations: May 10th, 2020.

The Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking will also be running sessions at the conference. Their sessions will focus on Pluralism in the formation of economics and you can apply to be a part of those sessions here (deadline April 1st).

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words and submitted as MS Word documents or PDF files to

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Rama Salla Dieng is Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are in Agrarian Political Economy, Food and Capitalism in Africa, Gender and Development, and Economic Policy-making in Africa. Her new book Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond (with Andrea O'Reilly) is hot off the press!

Jason Hickel is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.  His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, explores the historical and political drivers of inequality between the global North and South.

Chantal Naidoo is a doctoral researcher and guest lecturer in Climate Finance at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Her research relates to the role of financial systems in sustainability transition processes, national development banks, financing strategies for climate action and rethinking finance theories for sustainability.

Julia Steinberger is Professor of Social Ecology & Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing). She is the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award for her research project 'Living Well Within Limits' investigating how universal human well-being might be achieved within planetary boundaries.

Ndongo Samba Sylla is Research and Programme manager at the West Africa office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Dakar, Senegal. He recently published the book L’Arme Invisible de la Francafrique (or “The Invisible Weapon of Franco-African Imperialism, with Fanny Pigeaud), where argues that the CFA Franc is a neocolonial currency union that presently constrains the social, political, and economic prospects of each of its member states.

For any questions about the CfP please get in touch with AHE’s Academic Officers:
Danielle Guizzo ( )
Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (