Grants / Projects we are funding

To set up a new national network: Rethinking Economics (formerly Post-Crash Economics)

Grant details

Amount:£95,000

Awarded on:01/01/2015

Status:Closed

Area of interest

Systems change

To set up a new national organisation to promote, support and co-ordinate student campaigns for economics education – in order to reform university syllabuses and create economists with tools and imagination.

What is the issue?

Every year over 10,000 economics students graduate from UK universities and fill the worlds of finance, business, policy making and regulation. These students are taught one economic perspective as if it was universally established truth. Critical and independent thinking is discouraged and there is little or no history, ethics or philosophy. A new generation is not being given the tools or the training it needs to address the serious social and economic challenges it faces and economics as a discipline stifles debate about alternative futures. Society needs better, broader and more engaged economics and economists to flourish.

What will the project try to achieve?

Post-Crash Economics was founded to support student societies at universities across the UK campaign for reform to their economics education and run events for students and the public. It will develop how to guides, resources for organisers and training to bring down the barriers to entry to setting up a society. It will run meetings and workshops to bring student groups together, share knowledge and plan strategy. Post-Crash Economics will also support local groups to gain media attention and campaign for change on a national level. It will develop a marketing strategy to make more economics students aware of the shortcomings of their education and that better economics is possible.

In October 2015 the organisation merged with the Rethinking Economics movement and changed its name to REPCE, with a working name of Rethinking Economics.

Who might be interested in this project?

This project will be of interest to economics students, academics, economists, policy-makers and civil society.

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