“Economics is everywhere, it dominates our political discourse, and whether we want to or not, we all engage in the economy,” says Geoff Evamy Hill, co-founder of Rethinking Economics Waterloo.
“We think everyone should have a basic and realistic understanding of how the economy works in order to participate effectively in economic issues that impact us all.”
Rethinking Economics Waterloo is hosting its inaugural conference on February 7th at St. Paul’s University College. The conference will cover diverse topics including ecological economics, feminism and economics, and economics curriculum reform. Speakers include faculty from York University, The Working Centre, and UWaterloo professors Dr. Patricia Marino (Philosophy), Dr. Lutz-Alexander Busch (Economics), and Dr. Jennifer Clapp (Canada Research Chair Global Food Security).
“The Rethinking Economics movement is very critical of economics, but we are glad to have the opportunity to bring another voice to the table,” says Margaret Insley, chair of the Department of Economics. Rethinking Economics Waterloo has received generous support from the Departments of Economics, Philosophy, and Knowledge Integration. The group also received a grant from the Faculty of Environment Dean’s Special Projects Funding as well as funding support from the Waterloo Environment Students’ Endowment Fund (WESEF).
“Economics is not just about markets and math, it is also about people,” says Alexandra. “It is important to ask questions and think about economics in terms of narrative and politics. Economics cannot only be left to professional economists because it has impacts for us all.”