ABOUT US

The idea and the motion to rethink economics was conceptualised four decades ago and has intensified since. Efforts to remodel a rigid and impractical discipline led to concrete impacts and ripples in France, Cambridge, Harvard and the American Economic Review academic journal in the 1990s and 2000s. After the 2007-08 global financial crisis, this movement garnered momentum and strength as economics graduate students worldwide were left to understand reality using only calculus questions and multiple assignments and theoretical foundations that were disconnected with the inequitable reality of society.

 

It was from this urgent call to and for action that the Rethinking Economics movement emerged. Having held its first organisers’ meet in the UK in 2013, the community has now spread to 15+ countries with more than 40 universities around the world have established local chapters.

 

A need to organise around this clarion call and a deep-seated passion to re-evaluate age-old economic principles and theories united students from Indian universities. Unable to decipher deplorable and unequal societal realities utilising neoliberal approaches to economics, students from around the country joined forces to seek to revise existing economics curricula, spread knowledge about alternative methods of thinking about the economy, and initiate systemic change towards a more inclusive and open economy and economics education.

 

Now spread and existing beyond the rigid disciplinary boundaries of economics, the Rethinking Economics India Network comprises of development practitioners, social science researchers, and non-economics students as well as core economics scholars. We all are united by and towards a common cause of seeking to remodel and reframe economics in an inclusive, alternative way.

 
OUR PROJECTS
  • Curriculum Review: Reviewing economics curriculum of Indian universities to build foundation for further research into the limitations of the current economics curricula in India, and how they might be reformed.
     

  • Pluralist Resources database: Building an open-source repository to support students and scholars in learning pluralist economics and interdisciplinary perspectives.
     

  • RE India Reading Circle: Meeting fortnightly to discuss readings from Pluralist and Heterodox Economics and also read other interdisciplinary work to expand the discourse on Economics discipline beyond the mainstream hegemony.
     

  • Rethinking Economics for the Global South: Creating a transnational alliance of stakeholders, to facilitate the expansion of new economic thinking, while focusing on the unique challenges facing the Global South.
     

  • Diversity in the Indian Economic Academia: Understanding the state of gender and caste-based diversity and representation, and exploring the biases at play within the Indian academic ecosystem of economics.
     

  • REIN Festival: The aim of the annual festival is to build a platform for multiple stakeholders within the space of new economic thinking to convene, deliberate, and collectively reimagine a new kind of economics for India

 
OUR TEAM
 

WHAT WE DO

 
OUR PROJECTS
  • Curriculum Review: Reviewing economics curriculum of Indian universities to build foundation for further research into the limitations of the current economics curricula in India, and how they might be reformed.
     

  • Pluralist Resources database: Building an open-source repository to support students and scholars in learning pluralist economics and interdisciplinary perspectives.
     

  • RE India Reading Circle: Meeting fortnightly to discuss readings from Pluralist and Heterodox Economics and also read other interdisciplinary work to expand the discourse on Economics discipline beyond the mainstream hegemony.
     

  • Rethinking Economics for the Global South: Creating a transnational alliance of stakeholders, to facilitate the expansion of new economic thinking, while focusing on the unique challenges facing the Global South.
     

  • Diversity in the Indian Economic Academia: Understanding the state of gender and caste-based diversity and representation, and exploring the biases at play within the Indian academic ecosystem of economics.
     

  • REIN Annual Event: The aim of the annual event is to build a platform for multiple stakeholders within the space of new economic thinking to convene, deliberate, and collectively reimagine a new kind of economics for India

 
OUR TEAMS
  • Growth team: Building relationships with student communities, and establishing regional and local institution networks within universities by organizing workshops to engage with them. Building leadership for the movement & guidance by opening local chapters in the universities/colleges to support the REIN movement. 
     

  • Partnerships and Fundraising team: looking to understand the landscape of players within the system overall. Scoping out potential collaborations with relevant organisations and individuals within and beyond the Indian development and academic ecosystem for outreach, capacity building and mentorship; and raising funds to support the Network.
     

  • Events team: Curating engaging events and dialogues, and discussing ideas related to the need for heterodox and pluralist economic thought within academia and how it affects policy and the society at large.
     

  • Communications team Digital: Setting up our online presence and propagating pluralist ideas through website, social media activities, curating, writing and getting outreach for our activities.
     

  • Communications team Editorial: Writing and collaborating for blogs, monthly newsletter, reports and contributing to the narrative of and for an alternative and pluralist economics.