Summer Schools, Events and Conferences for Rethinkers

Want some intellectual stimulus this summer?

As economic thinking diverging from mainstream school is rarely taught during the normal study programme, one possible solution is to spend some of the summer holiday acquiring new knowledge and perspectives.

We have collected some of all the different offers for the summer of 2018. Note that some offers have an imminent deadline for application.


CONFERENCE: POLLEN BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2018: Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities

June 19 – 22, 2018 | Oslo, Norway

The second biennial conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) aims to engage the emergence of the green economy or green growth in their various iterations explicitly as a terrain of struggle. In doing so, we invite empirical, conceptual, political, and methodological contributions appraising the ways in which there are many potential ‘alternative sustainabilities’ for pursuing human and non-human well-being in the context of global economic and ecological crises.

Organised by: The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Secretariat; Oslo Metropolitan University; Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo; Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences


FESTIVAL: Festival Economia Trento and YSI Europe Convening: TECHNOLOGY AND JOBS

May 31-June 3, 2018 | Trento, Italy

Technology is synonymous with anxiety. Every time there is an acceleration in technological progress, there is a revival of theories according to which machines will replace man, leading to the end of human work.

Keywords: Technological pessimism; innovation; productivity; secular stagnation; automation; artificial intelligence; technological trajectories; polarisation of employment; social protection systems; ownership of new technology

Organizer: Trento Festival of Economics & YSI


YSI convening:

SUMMER SCHOOL: Ecological Economics and Degrowth Principles

25 June – 13 July, 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

The course aims at presenting a new perspective in the economic field by relating it to the environment: it will consider the possibility of green economic growth, the main dilemmas and implications for the environment; students will be able to contrast two economic visions, that of growth-based economics and of ecological economics and the real-world implications of each one: the trade-off between economic growth (and job creation) and environmental protection and social justice. As well it aims to re-embed economic analysis with social and human dimensions.





2 July – 6 July, 2018 | Rome, Italy

The EAEPE Summer School is open to PhD students and early-career researchers working in particular in the field of institutional and evolutionary analysis, with a special focus this year on THE CHANGING STRUCTURE OF THE ECONOMY AND THE ROLE OF THE STATE: DE-INDUSTRIALIZATION AND FINANCIALIZATION. Teachers will address these important topics from different perspectives and approaches. In the spirit of pluralism characteristic of the EAEPE, contributions from all fields using institutional, evolutionary, multidisciplinary approaches are welcome. Lectures by internationally-renowned scholars will be given in the morning, while afternoons will be devoted to 15 presentations by advanced PhD students and early-career researchers, who will thus benefit from comments and suggestions from experts in the field.

Full program:

Deadline for application: 15 May 2018

WORK SHOP: Introduction to Post Keynesian Economics and Political Economy Workshop

11-13 July, 2018 | Kingston University, UK

The Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at Kingston University, the Post-Keynesian Economics Society (PKES) and the Centre for Research in Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID) are organising an introductory workshop to Post-Keynesian economics and Political Economy at Kingston University from 11 to 13 of July 2018. These three days will provide an opportunity to learn more about the role of aggregate demand in the economy, the determinants of unemployment, money creation through the banking system, the distribution of income and wealth, financialisation and the welfare state as well as development theories. The workshop is aimed at students of economics and social sciences and introduces Post-Keynesian Economics and Political Economy as alternative theories to the neoclassical mainstream.

Registration is open now and can be done via this homepage.

Full program:


SUMMER SCHOOL: Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies (PhD)

23 July – 27 July  &  30 July – 3 August, 2018 | Oslo, Norway

The Oslo Summer School give you the opportunity to elevate your knowledge in research methods and social science in general, as well as network with internationally known faculty, practitioners and PhD candidates from around the world.

Courses include:

  • The Political Economy of Public Policy
  • The Nordic Model in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Agent-based Modeling and Computing
  • Collecting and Analyzing Big Data
  • Public Space: People, Power, and Political Economy
  • Mixed and merged Methods: Toward a Methodological Pluralism


SUMMER SCHOOL: Degrowth Summer School during the Climate Camp

29 July – 02 August | Leipzig, Germany

We would like to focus on visions and utopias for a world beyond growth.

Regarding the place, we are currently planning to again have the Summer School take place in a Climate Camp, but this time in the lignite mining area near Leipzig, a place where many villages face destruction due to mining activities. As for the size, we would like to again host a Summer School for 300-500 participants.

The exact date is to be decided but will be 3-5days in summer i.e. end of July until beginning of September.

If you are interested in joining the meeting write an email to

SUMMER SCHOOL: Repoliticising Capitalism – contradictions, critique and alternatives

July 30th -August 10th | Roskilde, Denmark

The course objective is to – introduce students to carefully selected primary literature from classical, critical and heterodox strands of economic thought – provide students with a thorough understanding of core concepts and debates in critical political economy – enable students to apply core theoretical and methodological aspects of heterodox perspectives to a given case-based event or process – encourage students to critically reflect on contemporary dynamics and developments in the global economy – address key methodological challenges linking theory and empirical research for critical analyses.

Organizer: Roskilde University


SUMMER SCHOOL: 5th Summer School on “Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems”

25 July – 10 August, 2018 | Vienna, Austria

“Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS)” is an international summer university program that offers a new approach: An evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. Our ambitious goal: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecological, and social boundaries.

2017 saw the fourth installment of AEMS. 54 students from 30 nations joined the program this year to hear more about economic alternatives, planetary boundaries, technological remedies, and limits posed by demographic growth and human nature.


Deadline for application: Beginning of July for regular participation


EVENT: Rethinking Economics International Summer Gathering

August 11 -17 | Paris, France

This summer RE is hosting, for the first time, an International Summer Gathering in France. This will enable RE to bring all of its member groups together in person at La Bergerie, a stunning eco-centre near Paris, for a whole week of movement building. The Gathering has been made possible with the generous support of the KR and Leopold Mayer Foundations.

Over the course of the week, we will offer training, peer-to-peer learning and strategy planning, with a wider aim of strengthening connectivity between our international community and the wider movement for curriculum reform.

Entry criteria: You must be part of an RE group, or part of one of the following networks: PEPS, the German Netzwerk or OIKOS.

There are a limited number of spaces on the trip, so we recommend that groups nominate one individual to represent them.

CONFERENCE: 6th International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity: ‘Dialogues in turbulent times’

21 – 25 August | Malmö, Sweden

The 6th International Degrowth Conference for ecological sustainability and social equity will take place in Malmö, Sweden 21-25 August 2018, with two twin conferences taking place the same year – in Mexico City, Mexico (4-6 September 2018) and at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium (18-19 September 2018). Our ambition is that the inclusion of a range of social, cultural and activist events draws in members of the community and stimulates a fruitful public debate.

This conference is inspired by principles of care, mutual aid and democratic decision-making. We aim to live and share dreams and practices of different worlds both happening and possible over these few days and invite you to be part of it!


Registration opens on May the 15th


August 22 – 25 |Copenhagen, Denmark

The AEEE Conference 2018 is an international gathering of educators and researchers with professional interests in all aspects of economics and business education in Europe and worldwide.

At this conference you can:

  • Be inspired: explore new approaches, get some fresh ideas;
  • Exchange experiences with specialists and other teachers;
  • Find new ideas to take to your students;
  • Join in – get in contact with teachers from Europe and beyond;
  • Discover innovative instructional methods;
  • Feel Copenhagen the city with the happiest people.

Organizer:  Association of European Economics education


CONFERENCE: NORDOM XV: August 2018: Nordisk teorihistorisk møte

August 23 – 24 |Roskilde, Denmark

Velkommen til at deltage i NORDOMs konference 2018 som i år arrangeres i samarbejde mellem Roskilde Universitet, Institut for Samfund og Erhverv og Københavns Universitet, Institut for Fødevare- og Ressourceøkonomi. Konferencen er åben for alle der interesserer sig for studiet af udviklingen i de samfundsøkonomiske teorier og deres anvendelse.

Organizer: Roskilde Universitet, Niels Kærgård  & Jesper Jespersen


Deadline for registration (accommodation): 23 July


CONFERENCE: The 30th Annual EAEPE Conference 2018: Evolutionary foundations at a crossroad: Assessments, outcomes and implications for policy makers

September 6 – 8 | Nice, France

The conference will provide some unique opportunities to revisit the foundations of evolutionary theories, to discuss alternative points of view at the macro, meso and micro levels, and to enrich traditional evolutionary background with diverse fields such as complexity science, biology, physics, philosophy sociology, history of thought, and management science among others.

Organizer: European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)


Deadline for registration: 31 May – Early registration (270  €). 15 June (330 €)

SUMMER SCHOOL: 3rd Poznan Summer School in Heterodox Economics

September 12 – 16 | Poznan, Poland

3rd edition of Poznań Summer School in Heterodox Economics will take place in Poznań on 12-16 September 2018!
This year we will shall focus in particular on the:
– Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) models
– Price theory: marxian, Neoclassical, postkeyensian, neoricardian,
– Advances in endogenous money analysis,
– Feminist economics inspired by Old Institutionalism.

Organizers: Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu i Wydawnictwo Ekonomiczne “Heterodox”, Partners: European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.


Registration: Not open yet – Call for papers and the the School programme will be available soon.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Institutional Economics and Agricultural Development

17 September – 21 September | Bucharest, Romania

USAMV Bucharest and its partners within the ENHANCE consortium invite highly motivated postgraduate students (Master or PhD), researchers from agro-economics disciplines, and young professionals from governmental institutions to the 3rd Summer School of this project entitled “Institutional Economics”.


Application deadline: 31 May 2018


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  1. 22nd ASEF Asia Europe Foundation FULLY FUNDED Summer University.

    The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week Program in European Countries. The Program is Fully Funded to the Youth.

    Program Dates: 12-23 September 2018
    Program Cost:
    No registration or participation fee.
    The organizers will provide participants with Travel subsidy, Accommodation and Meals.
    Age Between 18–30.
    All Students with any academic Background are eligible to apply.

    Deadline: 3rd July 2018
    Apply Now:

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