Online Summer Crash Course 2021

Ecological And Feminist Macroeconomics

12-16 July 2021

Extended registration deadline: 6 July 2021 at 23:59 CEST

How can we provide a good life for all within planetary boundaries? A recent article in Nature Sustainability (O’Neill, 2018) argues that “No country in the world currently meets the basic needs of its citizens at a globally sustainable level of resource use.” This summer workshop offers a crash course on both ecological and feminist macroeconomics. Moreover, it invites participants to reflect upon the convergence between the two. The intention is to contribute to macroeconomics able to face the challenges of the XXI Century. These are well reflected by the Sustainable Development Goals. Particular emphasis will be paid to ecological sustainability, gender equality, and their intersections.


If you are interested in pluralist economics and new economics, you can’t miss this course! Some of the best scholars from both ecological and feminist economics will introduce the topics and present their cutting-edge research. You will then have the chance to personally interact with them. Exchanges among participants will also be fostered, with the aim of starting collaboration for future research projects. Opportunities for PhD and postdoc fellowships will also be offered for those interested to pursue further research in the topics covered by this online summer crash course. The time is ripe for macroeconomics to refocus on what really matters: the health and wellbeing of our people and our planet.


A certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the course.


Academic Coordinator: Dr Federico Demaria, Serra Húnter assistant professor in ecological economics and political ecology at the UB Department of Economic History, Institutions, Politics and World Economy.

Schedule and course outline


Dates: 12-16 July 2021
Total hours: 20







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Welcome session: Remarks by the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Academic Coordinator

Live session with:

 Dr Simone D’Alessandro, Associate Professor of Economics. University of Pisa (Italy)

 Dr İpek İlkkaracan, Professor of Economics. Istanbul Technical University (Turkey)



Live session with: 

 Dr Louison Cahen-Fourot, Post-doctoral researcher. Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria)

 Dr Bengi Akbulut, Assistant Professor of Geography, Planning and Environment. Concordia University (Canada)



Live session with: 

 Dr André Cieplinski, Post-doctoral researcher. University of Pisa (Italy)

 Dr Cem Oyvat, Senior Lecturer in Economics. University of Greenwich (UK)



Live session with:

 Dr Mary Mellor, Professor Emerita of Social Sciences. Northumbria University (UK)

Dr Giorgos Kallis, Professor, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (Spain)



Live session with: 

 Dr Corinna Dengler, Postdoctoral Researcher. University of Kassel (Germany)

 Michelle Groenewald, Lecturer. North West University (South Africa)

Closing session and group work presentation.



Abstracts & Readings | Work group

Please note: Program subject to change without notice. All times are CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Fees & Registration

Professional fee: €95

Student fee: €45

Reduced fee: €15 (for participants from countries included in this LIST)

The fees cover the whole course. Once you follow the registration process, you will be able to make the online payment with your credit card. You can calculate HERE the equivalent of the fee in your currency.

This research-oriented course is thought of for students and researchers with a background in economics. However, any participant interested to learn about ecological and feminist (macro)economics is welcome. This means that people from any background are welcome, even if they don’t have previous formal training in economics. Classes will be conducted in English only. The sessions will be recorded and made available to participants, ideally on the same day. Therefore, in case you cannot attend the classes synchronically for any reason (e.g. time difference, or other overlapping commitments), you will be able to watch them later on at your convenience. Participation in the students’ workgroup is optional.

This course is an official event of the conference “Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis” (University of Manchester, 5-8 July 2021) organized by the international degrowth research networks, the International Society for Ecological Economics, and the European Society for Ecological Economics.

Academic Coordinator

Federico Demaria is an assistant professor in ecological economics and political ecology at the University of Barcelona. He is also an associate researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a prestigious interdisciplinary centre of environmental research. He has been the deputy coordinator of the ERC project EnvJustice (led by Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier) which maps and analyses the social conflicts between the environment and the economy (2016-2021; 2 million euro). Overall, he has published more than 20 articles in highly ranked journals in socio-environmental sciences like Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Change, and Sustainability Science, 25 book chapters, as well as edited 5 special issues and 2 successful books: Degrowth (2014) and Pluriverse (2019). Moreover, he is the co-author of the book “The case for degrowth” (Polity Press, 2020). Last, he has a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press titled “The political ecology of informal waste recyclers in India” (2021). His publications regularly get translated into other languages, most notably Degrowth (2014) into more than 10. He is an editor for the journal of Sustainability Science, and is also an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Lastly, aiming to ensure a wide outreach of his research, he regularly publishes press articles in English, Spanish, French and Italian, in newspapers like The Guardian, The Ecologist, and The Conversation.


Simone D’Alessandro is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa. He received a Master and a PhD degree in Economics at the University of Siena (2007). He is a member of the board of the Tuscany Doctoral Programme in Economics. Simone’s research interests involve the distribution of income and wealth, development economics, behavioural economics, ecological economics, ecological sustainability and degrowth. His work in recent years is focused on the socio-economic effects of policies to promote the transition towards sustainability. Simone’s contributions are published in journals, such as, among others, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Ecological Economics, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Exploration in Economic History, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Economic Inequality, Metroeconomica, Oxford Economic Papers.
İpek İlkkaracan is Professor of Economics at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Management, a Research Associate with the Levy Economics Institute in New York and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo, an Associate Editor of the Feminist Economics journal and President-elect of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) for 2022. In 2018-2020, she was based at the University of Rome-Sapienza in Italy on a Visiting Professor grant. Ilkkaracan’s areas of research entail the care economy, gender and macroeconomics, political economy of gender, labor markets and development. Her ‘Purple Economy’ model, which depicts a gender-egalitarian and sustainable economic system, was adopted by various women’s organizations as an advocacy tool such as the European Women’s Lobby (a Europe-wide network of women’s organizations) and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia-Pacific. Ilkkaracan has served as Board Member of IAFFE and the Middle Eastern Economics Association (MEEA); she is also a founding member of Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways, Women’s Labor and Employment Platform, ITU Women’s Studies Center and Gender and Macroeconomics GEM-Europe Network.
Louison Cahen-Fourot is a post-doc researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economics of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). He works in the fields of ecological macroeconomics, political economy of capitalism and the environment and climate finance on topics such as the economic and financial impacts of the low-carbon transition, the diversity of capitalism and the social relation to the environment and the interdependencies and interconnections between socio-ecological metabolism and socio-economic dynamics of contemporary economies. He uses qualitative analysis as well as quantitative tools such as geometric analysis of data, econometrics (mainly panel and time series) and macroeconomic modelling. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sorbonne Paris Nord University.
Bengi Akbulut is an assistant professor at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University. She received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University (2004) and PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2011), both in economics. Her joint and independent work appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, Journal of Peasant Studies, Ecological Economics, Geoforum, and Environment and Planning among others. Her research is broadly within political economy, ecological and feminist economics. She has written on the critiques of developmentalism and economic growth in general, and the interlinks between developmentalism and state hegemony in Turkey in particular. A significant part of her work within the last 5 years has focused on economic alternatives, including community economies, commons and degrowth.
André Cieplinski is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa. He holds a PhD in economics from the joint program of the Universities of Tuscany (Florence, Pisa and Siena), obtained in 2018. André’s research focuses on ecological macroeconomics and simulation models for a fair low-carbon transition. He is interested in the interconnections between environmental policies, new technologies, and income inequality.
Cem Oyvat received his Phd in Economics from University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2014 with dissertation titled “Essays on the Evolution of Inequality”. His research interests include development economics, macroeconomics, international economics, income distribution and political economy.

Giorgos Kallis is an ecological economist, political ecologist, and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Barcelona. He is the coordinator of the European Network of Political Ecology, and author of four books on Degrowth. His latest ones are “Limits” published by Stanford University Press (2019), and “The case for degrowth” by Polity Press (2020). His research is motivated by a quest to cross conceptual divides between the social and the natural domains, with particular focus on the political-economic roots of environmental degradation and its uneven distribution along lines of power, income, and class. His current work focusses on the hypothesis of degrowth and how we can move to a society that prospers without growth. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley, and he holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of the Aegean, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University, where she was founding Chair of the University’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute. She has published extensively on alternative economics integrating socialist, feminist, and green perspectives. She is a founding member of the newly formed World Economics Association and is on the editorial board of several journals. Her books include Feminism and Ecology, The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource, and Debt or Democracy? Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice. Her most recent book is Money: myths, truths and alternatives (Policy Press 2019). She holds a PhD from Newcastle University.

Corinna Dengler is a feminist ecological economist based in Bremen. She currently works as postdoctoral researcher at the Department for Development and Postcolonial Studies and senior lecturer in the Master’s Global Political Economy and Development at the University of Kassel, Germany. She studied economics (B.Sc.), development studies (B.A.), and socio-ecological economics and policy (M.Sc.) in Vienna, Moscow and Quito and finished her PhD titled Feminist Futures: What Degrowth learns from the Feminist Critique of Science, Economics, and Growth at the chair for feminist economics at the University of Vechta in August 2020. Her research focuses on the intersection of feminisms and the environment, heterodox economics with a focus on feminist and ecological economics, as well as the political economy of resource extraction in Latin America.

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