The World Transformed: The Contributions of Heterodox Economics Globally

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

As announced previously, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AHE conference originally scheduled to be held in Milton Keynes, UK on 3-5 July has been moved online. The new abstract submission deadline is May 15th, 2020. The conference will now take the form of a webinar series that will run throughout July. We envision a series of weekly events: in each one, a plenary will be followed by sessions comprising selected research papers linked to it. We also plan to run a few complementary events to strengthen the research community, such as a networking event and an awards ceremony.

We invite 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. 

In addition, we welcome submissions on how heterodox approaches can understand the economic impacts of and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Heterodox approaches can make important contributions here, as they allow for deep analyses of how socioeconomic processes relate to class, gender, institutions, instability, uncertainty, exploitation, power asymmetries, distributional conflicts and ecological issues - issues that appear to be increasingly important in the wake of this global pandemic. 

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.

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

Full papers for prize considerations should be submitted by June 20th. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dora Barrancos is a Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and director of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Argentinian National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). Barrancos’ research areas include history, gender and sexualities.

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!

Sheila Dow is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her main academic focus is on raising methodological awareness in the fields of macroeconomics, money and banking, and the history of economic thought. Recent books include Foundations for New Economic Thinking (2012) and the co-edited volume Money, Method and Post-Keynesian Economics for the 21st Century (2018).

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.