Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics

Our Summer Academy. Your economics: 9 workshops, 100 participants, 20 lecturers.
One week of eye-opening and engaging learning. Your academic experience of the year.


Brought to you by Network for Pluralist Economics and Protestant Academy of Thuringia.

Do you have the impression that our society faces daunting challenges and that these challenges need to be addressed on the level of the economy? Are you asking yourself how we can analyse, comprehend and shape the economy? As we see it, discourse on economics and economic policy is marked by an insistence that growth is the supreme goal and that “there is no alternative” while pointing out “the hard facts.” Our response: The economy is a multifaceted, highly complex process. Yet, mainstream economics is far too narrow and one-dimensional in its approach to grasp this and offers little room for critical reflection.

It is high time to change this, high time for our summer school! Here is where you will be able to let your curiosity and inquisitiveness run free, explore alternative approaches to economics, and engage with a broad range of like-minded students, inspiring activists and leading scholars. We have prepared an exciting programme for you, consisting of nine different week-long workshops, topical evening lectures, and excursions.

Do you like to learn, debate, and have fun with young people from Germany, Europe and the world?

Our next Summer Academy will take place in 2020!

Previous Summer Academies

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2019: Economics in Transformation

Climate change, nationalism, poverty in old age, lack of equal opportunities: Why is the market economy not in a position to ensure both social balance and the protection of ecological livelihoods? It may be because of the neoclassical school, which is taught almost exclusively at the universities - and has thus determined economic policy for decades. In order to find sustainable concepts for the ecological-social transformation of society, more theoretical and methodological diversity in economics is necessary. read more...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2018: Ten Years after the Crash

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the world's most influential investment banks, filed for bankruptcy and the world plunged into its worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Suddenly, economics came into the public spotlight: why didn't renowned economists recognize the devastating dynamics of the financial sector? Did economics play a part in the crisis with its support for crisis-ridden deregulation? read more...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2017: Exploring Economics

This summer academy is dedicated to the diversity of economic thinking. Many students ask themselves: Do I study economics or neoclassicism? And which theory schools are there apart from Neoclassicism? read more...

Workshop Reviews

Do you want to know what you can learn at the summer academy? Our participants have written workshop reviews.




This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.).  It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.