The scope of the conference is rooted in the increasing importance of theoretical and methodological pluralism in economics. As the complexity of real world issues regarding economics requires multiple perspectives – to avoid one-sidedness and intellectual stagnation – a renewed understanding of economics has to be pluralistic. Pluralistic economics accounts for the complexity of economic phenomena and its embeddedness into social, political and historical systems. Multiple claims towards pluralism, like the open-letter by the international student initiative ISIPE, have been launched to reinvigorate the debate within the discipline. The purpose of this conference is twofold: to contribute to this effort and further develop relevant concepts and approaches for economics.
We are happy to announce the following keynote speakers:
Ioana Negru is a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies.The economic crisis that has ensued in September 2007 has brought to the fore the interest in what economics has to offer to the policy-making process and for changing the economics curriculum. She has experience in designing pluralist economics courses and also introducing and reforming the economics curriculum in a pluralist way. Her current research interests revolve around scientific pluralism, the philosophy and methodology of economics, the economics of gift and philanthropy, the methodology of Austrian and Institutional Economics, methodology of macroeconomics, ecological/green economics and sustainability.
Pasquale Tridico is Jean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration and Professor of Labour Economics at the Department of Economics at Roma Tre University. He is the General Secretary of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (www.eaepe.org) and a former Fulbright Scholar at the New York University (2010-11). His research focuses on labour economics, welfare systems, comparative political economy, global governance, inequality and the financial crisis.
Engelbert Stockhammer joined Kingston in 2010. He is presently research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and member of the coordination committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy. His research areas include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, financial systems and heterodox economics. He has worked extensively on the determinants of European unemployment, the demand effects of changes in income distribution and the macroeconomics effects of financialization.