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.

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.

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.

Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School (INET Oxford) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to applying leading-edge thinking from the social and physical sciences to global economic challenges.

The Institute includes over 60 affiliated scholars from disciplines that range from economics, to mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, ecology, geography, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, public policy, business, and law.

Institute of International Monetary Research

Founded in 2014 by Professor Tim Congdon, CBE, Chairman, the Institute promotes research into how developments in banking and finance affect the wider economy.

The institute supports research projects on the relationship between money and other macroeconomic variables, in both the short and long runs, and in many countries.

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