Online Summer School on Ecological and Feminist Macroeconomics (12-16 July 2021). Register now! :-)

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.

Academic CoordinatorDr Federico Demaria, Serra Húnter assistant professor in ecological economics and political ecology at the University of Barcelona Department of Economic History, Institutions and Policy and World Economy.


Dates: 12-16 July 2021
Total hours: 20 (All classes are online, and in English). Find all details and updates here.



Prior to the beginning of the course, all the students will be asked to record a short video of 3 minutes where they briefly introduce themselves and present their research project, and/or interests. These will be made available in advance to all participants and speakers.



Session 1: Ecological macroeconomics: Ecologising Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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

Session 2: Feminist macroeconomics: Engendering Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

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



Session 3: Post-Keynesian macroeconomics

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

Session 4: From the End of Growth to Degrowth: Perspectives from feminist economics

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



Session 5: Ecological macroeconomics modelling and simulations

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

Session 6: Feminist macroeconomics modelling and simulations

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



Session 7: Embedding finance in the macroeconomics of climate change

 Dr Irene MonasteroloAssistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance. Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria)

Session 8: The future of money: From financial crisis to public resource

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



Session 9: On the convergence between ecological and feminist economics

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

Session 10: Future research agenda: Presentations by student groups & debate
 Work group


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


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 EconomicsGlobal 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 GuardianThe 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, and associate director of the ITU Women’s Studies Center. Her research areas include the macroeconomics of unemployment and wages, labor market inequalities, work-life balance policies, time use, the care economy, and sustainable growth. İlkkaracan serves as an associate editor of Feminist Economics, and is an elected board member of the Middle Eastern Economics Association and the International Association for Feminist Economics. She acts as the country expert on Turkey in the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality, reporting to the European Commission on a quarterly basis; and serves on a five-member advisory board for the UNDP Human Development Report on Turkey on Inclusive Growth. İlkkaracan is also a founding member of the Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics GEM–Europe network; Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways; and the Women’s Labor and Employment Initiative (KEIG) Platform. She holds a BA in political science from Swarthmore College and an MA and a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.
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 of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She received her B.A. from Boğaziçi University (2004) and her PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2011), both in economics. She then spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester. Her work focuses broadly on the political economy of development, including issues of political ecology, agrarian and environmental change, state-society relationships, social and environmental movements, and gender and household work. Her joint and independent work has appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Ecological Economics, and Development and Change among others.
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.

Irene Monasterolo is Assistant Professor of Climate Economics and Finance at the Vienna University. She is also the principal investigator of the Greenfin project that investigates the fiscal, monetary and prudential policy complementarity to foster demand for climate aligned investments and the EU Green Deal. She works at the research-policy interface, supporting central banks and financial regulators to mainstream climate change considerations into financial risk assessment and climate stress testing, as well as in greening monetary and macroprudential policies. Recent focus is on exploring fiscal, monetary and macropru policy complementarity, and systemic risk implications of compound COVID-19 and climate risks. She has been working on sustainable finance technical assistance for several international financial institutions (World Bank, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank) and the European Commission.

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.


Professional fee: €95

Student fee: €45

Reduced fee: €15*

*For participants that are unemployed, or from countries included in this LIST.

Registration is open until 11 June 2021. Places are limited

This research-oriented course it is thought of for students and researchers with a background in economics. However, any participant interested to learn about ecological and feminist macroeconomics is welcome.


4 Comments on “Online Summer School on Ecological and Feminist Macroeconomics (12-16 July 2021). Register now! :-)”

  1. Hi there!
    I just saw this very interesting summer school, but the registration link is broken. Wondering if registration is already closed, or is there a chance to get enrolled.

    Many thanks!

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