University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey


Economic Theory for the Anthropocene: Towards Heterodox Understandings of Sustainable Economies

3 July 2018 - 4 July 2018




The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, and the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Surrey are pleased to announce a call for contributions to a free, one and a half day workshop where researchers can share and discuss early stage work focusing on heterodox theories of sustainable economies.


In the 10 years since the financial crisis, heterodox theories of the economy have flourished. With an interdisciplinary outlook, they offer a much richer potential path towards sustainable economies than orthodox economics alone. But, to date, most research into the relationship between the environment and the economy has been undertaken through the narrow lens of orthodox economics. Consequently, the question of what a sustainable economy might look like remains largely unanswered. Without developing a coherent body of theory that is relevant to sustainability, heterodox economic thinking will remain side-lined in the sustainability debate. We aim to fill this gap by providing a friendly but critical space for the discussion of heterodox theories of sustainable economies. The workshop will offer a unique opportunity for researchers from a wide range of disciplines to engage with and develop heterodox understandings of sustainable economic systems. In this way, we hope to strengthen and support the growing community of researchers striving to articulate heterodox theories of sustainable economies.


We are inviting contributions that explore heterodox theories of the economy and how they could help us transition to sustainable societies. We encourage national and international contributions from a variety of economic and non-economic disciplines. Work should be in the early stages of development. In particular, we invite abstracts of between 500 and 1000 words (excluding references) in the following areas:


- theoretical work linking heterodox economic and non-economic understandings of the economy to sustainability;


- empirical work that provides foundations for new theories of sustainable economies;


- application of modelling approaches from a variety of disciplines and schools of economic thought to the task of building sustainable economies.



Abstracts should be emailed to Dr Simon Mair



13 April 2018 - Last date for submission of abstracts.

30 April 2018 - Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts

14 May 2018 - Closing date for registration

3 – 4 July 2018 – Workshop


The workshop (including accommodation and food) is free, but space is strictly limited.



Academic enquiries: Dr Simon Mair, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey


Administrative enquiries: Miss Catherine Koch, Workshop Administrator