Aberdeen Political Economy Group

The Aberdeen Political Economy Group (APEG) membership includes undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Aberdeen, along with University staff and members of the general public. We are convinced that scholarship must always be informed by a variety of perspectives, insights, and academic schools of thought. In this spirit, we host talks, panel debates, workshops, and other events.


Agenci’s mission is to empower artists to make a living from their work. We aim to do this by providing support in producing their projects, finding connections to commissioners and platforms to showcase their work. We are a mission driven, beyond profit organisation.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking

Banking and financial services are a world-leading UK industry and are vital to our economy. However, almost a decade after the 2008 banking crash, businesses remain reticent to put their trust back into these institutions. The fallout from the liquidity crisis has exposed deeps cracks in our system that have had a catastrophic affect not only on individual businesses, but on the economy as a whole.

The APPG on Fair Business Banking is working to identify these failings and, working with industry, regulators and businesses, put forward positive proposals for change.

Association for Heterodox Economics

The Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) is a learned society which aims to promote open and tolerant debate in economics through a pluralist approach to theory, method, and ideology. The Association, and its membership, seek to promote heterodox economics and perspectives in the academic, governmental and private spheres of the discipline of economics.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a non-hierarchical, apolitical, collaborative research and education project, started in 2012, that analyses the current political economy to identify fundamental flaws and potential levers for change. The project aims to understand the historical context of issues from different perspectives and explore their current and future impacts on social cohesion, inequality, individual liberty and civilization as we know it. Critical Thinking’s research and analysis is a collaborative work of thousands of individuals and groups, both contemporary and historic, drawing on information and understanding from the current and previous civilizations. Critical Thinking comprises a group of individuals in London interacting with groups and individuals around the world.

Dreamcatcher, South Africa & ARA-UK

The Dreamcatcher Foundation is a non-profit development trust founded 3 decades ago in South Africa to spearhead socio-economic development of township communities in South Africa to alleviate poverty through self-employment. The main focus is the development of entrepreneurs and community development around the cor growth sectors of South Africa and the aim is to enable inclusive access to mainstream business, alleviate unemployment and poverty and to growth the regional economy through job creation and new innovations.


The ENLIGHTEN collaborative project is concerned with the legitimacy of European governance in dealing with what we call fast and slow-burning crises. Fast burning crises are readily identified – they are the political and economic shocks of recent years, which have provided direct challenges to European institutions and their governance modalities. Slow-burning crises are less obvious yet no less important. In slow-burning crises the political, social, and economic challenges are long-term and widespread, but do not generate immediate political attention.

The ENLIGHTEN research team are investigating both fast- and slow-burning crises in the European political economy to understand how to bolster and maintain the legitimacy of Europe’s governing institutions. We will be thinking through these problems while using a number of conceptual and methodological innovations to trace expert networks and institutional changes. To ground us we are specifically addressing the following policy fields that map onto our fast and slow-burning distinction: Banking Crises and Fiscal SustainabilityDeficit Reduction and Continuity of Public ServicesYouth Employment and Inclusive Growth.

Finance Watch

Finance Watch is an independent non-profit Members’ association set up in 2011 to act as a public interest counterweight to the powerful financial lobby. Our mission is to strengthen the voice of society in the reform of financial regulation by conducting advocacy and presenting public interest arguments to lawmakers and citizens. Our Members are civil society organisations and expert individuals, supported by a full-time secretariat.

Global Justice Now

Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world.

We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.

The way the world currently works is unjust and unacceptable.

A few use the world’s resources to generate incredible wealth and power for themselves. Meanwhile, many millions of people are unable to access the essential resources – like food and water, housing and energy, healthcare and education – that they need to live decent lives.

Political elites have helped big business take over our resources and subvert our democracy, fuelling poverty, inequality and injustice.

It remains true that poverty and injustice are most acute in the global south, which continues to be drained of its wealth and resources. But there are deepening levels of poverty in the global north.

Financial markets, one-sided trade agreements, and privatisation all take control out of the hands of the ordinary people, especially the poorest. We campaign, produce research, make policy demands and take action to expose and confront this corporate takeover. We work with others in a global movement to build alternatives which put people before profit.

A better world is possible: a world where our resources and decisions about how they’re used lie in the hands of the many, not the few; a world where resources are available to all, not just to those who can afford them.

Popular movements are already changing the world by confronting the power of big business and providing alternatives to it – asserting democratic control over everything from food systems to energy infrastructure.

We need to make really big changes in the world. But this won’t happen overnight because power is rarely relinquished easily by those who possess it. That’s why we try to build a long-term movement for justice based on the perspectives of those resisting injustice directly. This includes:

-Amplifying the voices of groups trying to prevent the takeover of their resources;
-Forging a community for change here in the UK;
-Using the political system to control the power of big business.

All of these activities help ordinary people across the world reclaim power in their societies and make the really big changes that we call economic and social justice.

Good Works

Good Works makes it easier to help each other create a more ethical workplace.

Green Economy Coalition

The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a diverse set of organisations from different sectors, including NGOs, research institutes, UN organisations, businesses, and trade unions. We have come together because we recognise that our economy is failing to deliver either environmental sustainability or social equity.  In short, our economic system is failing people and the planet.

Hertie International Development Network

Hertie International Development Network, a network of young experts affiliated with the Hertie Foundation and the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. This event is kindly supported through the Hertie Fellows & Friends initiative.

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