20th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

Call for abstracts and papers

5-7th July 2018, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK


The 20th Anniversary Conference of the AHE (Association of Heterodox Economics) is being held at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. 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. Recognition of failures within mainstream economics and popular discontent about economic problems are widespread. We particularly encourage submissions for streams and papers on the history of economics; finance, banking and financialisation; austerity, inequality and diversity; sustainable economics and climate change; methodology; teaching and learning; heterodox microeconomics; and other standpoints which critically examine the mainstream, such as critical management studies.

Provisional attendees include:

Victoria Chick (Honorary Life President, AHE; Emeritus Professor, UCL)

Marcella Corsi (Professor of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome)

Guiseppe Fontana (Professor of Monetary Economics, University of Leeds)

Jayati Ghosh (Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

John Holloway (Professor of Sociology, Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico)

Jesper Jespersen (Professor of Economics, Roskilde University)

Dengjian Jin (Professor of International Business and Management, Dickinson College, PA)

Erik Reinert (Professor, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)

Prabirjit Sarkar (Professor of Economics, Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India)

Malcolm Sawyer (Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Leeds)

Sian Sullivan (Professor of Environment and Culture, Bath Spa University)

Martin Watts (Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle)

Provisional sessions and panels include:

Anti-social economics

Ecological macroeconomics: pushing the research frontier (special sessions)

Inclusive growth, governance and structural transformation

Inequality, structural change and institutions

Macroeconomic methodology

The ethical formation of economists

Trade specialization, structural change and development

What is heterodox economics?

Collaborators include INET YSI; DMU Centre for Finance and Banking Research; the University of Leicester Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy; and the Review of Keynesian Economics for themes related to economic development.

Academic Committee

Proposals will be reviewed by an academic committee comprising Lynne Chester (University of Sydney), Thoralf Dassler (University of Westminster), Ioana Negru (SOAS, University of London), and Bruce Philp (Birmingham City Business School). We aim to notify successful participants and bursary winners within two weeks of the closing date for abstracts. The decision of the academic committee will be final.

Please complete this form with your proposal(s): https://goo.gl/forms/gHeHpOUAGtkj6TvY2

The conference language is English. Normal sessions will be 90 minutes long and will usually consist of two or three papers with at least one discussant. You do not need to submit a paper to register. Participants should be prepared to serve as discussants and/or session chairs. To be considered for an Early Career Prize, you MUST submit a full paper by 1st May 2018.

Abstracts can be revised/re-submitted via the same form: https://goo.gl/forms/gHeHpOUAGtkj6TvY2

Full papers should be submitted to the 'aheconferences' email given during registration.


  • Abstracts for single papers (not more than 250 words) by 1st March 2018.
  • Draft papers for refereeing by 1st May 2018.
  • Normal registration by 1st May 2018.
  • Late registration by 1st June 2018.
  • Final submission of papers and revised abstracts, for inclusion in the online programme, by 8th June 2018.



De Montfort University is located in the East Midlands, UK. Mainline trains depart from St Pancras, London, adjacent to the Eurostar terminal, and take approx 1hr 15 mins. Coaches to East Midlands Airport take from 25 minutes; Birmingham Airport from 45 mins; and Heathrow from 2hr 25 mins.



2018 Conference booking is now open. It is not required that you present a paper to attend. The costs and deadlines are:
From 0001 on 1st February to 2359 on 30th April: normal registration is £185 including VAT; concession are £100.
From 0001 on 1st May to 2359 on 1st June: late registration is £250 including VAT; concessions are £165.
Conference booking closes at 0001 on 2nd June.
Conference meal booking opens at 0001 on 1st February and closes at 2359 on 25th June. Conference meal costs £15 including VAT.


How to book

First, please join the AHE by clicking here. Membership costs £30, or £10 for all concessions. You can pay by credit card or Paypal.

Second, register for the conference by submitting the registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/xJ6izkzu7V77IkZy1

Third, pay the conference registration fee and for the (optional) conference meal on Friday 6th July: https://hetecon.net/?page=conference_registration


Registration Conditions

Fees include an evening drinks reception on Weds 4th July, a Richard III Tour on Saturday 7th, lunch and refreshments. The conference meal on Friday 6th July is an additional £15 per person (no concessions). If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please indicate on the registration form.

You will be emailed a receipt from the AHE upon payment for registration. Except for duplicate orders, registration refunds will not be given. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own VISAs. You should take out travel insurance in the event of being unable to attend due to ill health, VISA issues, etc. If your sponsor is paying for your registration, please allow sufficient time for payment to be processed via Paypal. Certificates of Attendance can be provided after the conference, for an administration fee of £100. Bursary/prize winners must attend the full conference, and present a paper, before the bursary/prize is paid. Bursaries are unlikely to cover accommodation and travel costs, unless there are exceptional circumstances.



University accommodation should be book directly with Liberty Park. Please quote 'AHE' when booking, to secure the reduced conference fee of £36 per night including VAT. Contact Liberty Park via email (liberypark-leicester@libertyliving.co.uk) or by phone (+44(0)116 255 4370. Liberty Park terms and conditions apply. Accommodation comprises 5-bedroom cluster flats with en-suites, a shared kitchen, and tea/coffee facilities. Early booking is advised.

To see details of previous conferences, and to keep up to date with the 2018 conference and other AHE activities please visit https://www.hetecon.com

Call for participants

Association for Heterodox Economics
Funded post graduate workshop on advanced research methods

18th-19th January 2018
Leeds University Business School

There are funded places available for registered Ph.D. students to cover UK travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for the above event. The workshop covers topics in research not typically covered in economics training. It will be held for the second time at the University of Leeds, which has a continuing tradition of doing economics in open, critical ways. The workshop is open to any Ph.D. students, but UK-registered Ph.D. students have priority. Funding priority will be given to UK-registered students. Students who have previously attended are not eligible for funding.

Workshop topics include:

  • Reorienting economics to match method with social material
  • Quantitative analysis applicable to open economic systems
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social network theory in Economics
  • Mixing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Publishing work which uses non-standard methodologies

Session leaders:

Professor Bruce Cronin University of Greenwich
Professor Paul Downward Loughborough University
Dr. Annina Kaltenbrunner Leeds University
Dr. Jamie Morgan Leeds Beckett University
Professor Wendy Olsen University of Manchester

The final deadline for applications is 7th November, 2017.

To apply directly online, please complete the form here: https://tinyurl.com/y7tbs9cf

For further information, please contact Dr. Andrew Mearman on A.J.Mearman@leeds.ac.uk.