Programme Schedule

25th September 

25th September 

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AMA with Ingrid

Fri Sep 24 2021 14:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Join us for a fireside session with Ingrid Kvangraven as we discuss her experience with the Rethinking Economics movement and other organisations operating in the space of pluralist and heterodox economics. The session will also talk about why pluralist and heterodox ideas are important to economics, where the Rethinking Economics movement is headed, and what is important for the movement to prioritise going forward. This would be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Ingrid Kvangraven is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development at King’s College, London.

Diversifying & Decolonising Economics

Understanding the Shifting Barriers of Access to Higher Education in India

Fri Sep 24 2021 20:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The session seeks to illuminate and question discrimination via exclusion in higher education in India, addressing the consequences of marginalisation by highlighting and discussing the possible methods, policies and pathways that enable diversity and representation within such institutions.

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Diversifying & Decolonising Economics

Revisiting Tribal Agency

Sat Sep 25 2021 13:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This session aims at understanding challenges in the existence of organizing principles and structures which allow or hinder tribal representation in economic policymaking, and what the process of decolonizing the tribal regions entails on economic, political, and social levels. We intend to address the historical analysis of economic systems and their relation to indigenous communities and explore the responsibilities of the economic institutions in bridging these gaps and thereby creating diversity and inclusion in resource management. Lastly, the session will also explore the responsibilities of economic institutions in bridging these gaps and thereby creating diversity and inclusion in resource management.

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G Amarjit Sharma - Assistant Professor, Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU

Better Economics for Climate Change & Biodiversity

Big Money, Markets, and Climate Change

Sat Sep 25 2021 20:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

From this panel discussion, we aim to focus on the nature of capital allocation in climate change. Focusing on the Global South, we would like to understand the contextualisation of the funding and implementation of climate infrastructure projects, various instruments of international financing for climate, and question the efficacy of market-based initiatives as solutions to climate change.

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Ulrich Volz - Professor, Econonomics & Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance, SOAS

Better Economics for Climate Change & Biodiversity

Better Economics for Climate Change and Worker Wellbeing

Sun Sep 26 2021 13:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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Achyuta Adhvaryu - Chief Development Officer & Co-founder, Good Business Lab; Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Better Economics for Climate Change & Biodiversity

Valuing Earth's Resources

Sun Sep 26 2021 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

With this panel we aim to challenge the marginal nature of climate change economics. We seek to understand the various nuances of valuing natural assets and biodiversity and contextualise them to India and the Global South. Engaging academics, policymakers and professionals alike, we would like to discuss alternative economic approaches to the current mainstream way of valuing the Earth’s resources.

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Funding the New Economy

Fri Oct 01 2021 15:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The following session convenes funders with experience and goals to fund new economic thinking, research, and alternative methods. It involves engaging with panelists from within the philanthropy space to discuss various approaches, development, and interest towards new economic thinking, from outside the academic space. This session would look to understand the stakeholders mobilised by funding, the Indian landscape (or lack of) for this kind of funding, and learning from the experiences of funders globally to take away insights that can be potentially adapted to India and the Global South.

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Robin Varghese (Open Society Foundations)

Global Governance & Global South

Global Health Governance Conference Presentation

Sat Oct 02 2021 10:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Out of the chaos perpetuated by this existing mode of global health governance emerges a need to rethink the interstices between the Global North and the Global South. This not only includes engaging with the diverse and often conflict-inducing ways of framing the subject of health as, intermittently - a national security issue, a human right, or a global public good - but also to critically examine the power dynamics that constitute the existing character of North-South relations. How can we move towards a system that brings more global health equity to disadvantaged communities in the Global South? What characteristics of the existing mode of governance (legal frameworks and others) constraint the realisation of global health equity? What would a people-centric focus require in terms of the normative structure of global health governance?

The presentation session brings forth some critical presentations from researchers and policy professionals to present theoretical or empirical work on the state of global health governance and its implications for the Global South.

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Presentation 1 by Govindpuram Suresh, PhD Scholar, IIT Tirupati, India Presentation 2 by Ilyana Syafiqa binti Mukhriz Mudaris, Research Associate, Khazanah Research Institute, Malaysia Presentation 3 by Asmita Verma, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science, India Presentation 4 by Anandita Pathak, Researcher, Youth Collaborative Network Guwahati, India

Global Governance & Global South

Rethinking International Institutions Plenary: A Global South Perspective

Sat Oct 02 2021 13:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

As the countries worldover try to gain senses out of the shambles of the pandemic, there is a need to interrogate the enduring questions posed by the broader context of the system of global governance and international institutions. From this plenary session, we intend to understand the challenges and the need to recalibrate the global rules towards the overarching goals of social and economic stability and further take the discussion towards common but differentiated responsibilities in a multilateral system towards advancing global public goods and protecting the global commons. This plenary session will be geared towards rethinking international institutions and the challenges that the business-as-usual approach presents for the Global South, given the historical legacy of power inequalities among nations.

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1. Jomo Kwame Sundaram - Visiting Senior Fellow at Khazanah Research Institute, Visiting Fellow at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor at the International Islamic University in Malaysia
2. Isabella Weber - PERI Research Associate and Research Leader in China Studies; Assistant Professor of Economics 3. Jayan Jose Thomas, Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 4. Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Senior Research Fellow and Political Economist at Trade Collective

Global Governance & Global South

Rountable on Global Tax Agreement

Sat Oct 02 2021 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This roundtable discussion intends to explore the recent global tax agreement signed by 130 countries to address the problem of unfair tax systems. We aim to discuss the implications of such an agreement in global tax governance and its repercussions in the global south.

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1. Arthur Cockfield - Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Policy), Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Canada
2. Suranjali Tandon, Assistant Professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. 3. Chenai C Mukumba, Policy Research and Advocacy Manager at Tax Justice Network Africa

Curriculum Reform in Economics

Challenges for Curriculum Reform

Sun Oct 03 2021 10:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The session aims to address the different structural constraints in designing and incorporating more pluralism in the economics curriculum. It intends to engage the audience in understanding the different pedagogies and alternative approaches that can be applied in Indian economics education. And finally outline the role of National Education Policy 2020 in overcoming the curriculum challenges and build room for a flexible education system in the universities of India.

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Divya Pradeep: Moderator - Divya Pradeep is Associate Professor with the Department of Economics at CHRIST (Deemed to be University). She has 19 years of teaching experience and is the post graduate coordinator for the MA Applied Economics program at Christ. Her teaching and research interests lie in the area of development studies, particularly gender, labour market and livelihood studies. Divya completed her PhD in Economics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. Her thesis focussed on the role of social capital in determining labour market outcomes among Information Technology professionals in Karnataka. Currently she is working on a pilot research project funded by J-PAL, South Asia on NGO supported maternal health interventions and its impact on the health of pregnant women using Randomised Control Trials (RCTs). Divya had participated in a workshop conducted by Azim Premji University on rethinking undergraduate economics education in India in 2018.
Speaker I- Pulapre Balakrishnan - Pulapre Balakrishnan was born at Klari, his ancestral village in Kerala, India in 1955. He was educated at Moscow, Madras and New Delhi, and trained as an economist at Oxford and Cambridge. His published work spans the inflationary process, the measurement of productivity, the transition to a market economy in post-communist Europe, agricultural decline in Kerala and economic growth in India. Though published in the profession's journals, he is perhaps better known for his books 'Pricing and Inflation in India' (OUP, 1991) and 'Economic Growth in India: History and Prospect' (OUP, 2010). He has held appointments at Oxford University, the Indian Statistical Institute at Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management at Kozhikode. Further, he has served as Country Economist for Ukraine at the World Bank and as a consultant to the ILO, RBI and UNDP. During 2010-13 he was the Director of the Centre for Development Studies at Thiruvananthapuram. Currently Professor of Economics of Ashoka University, Sonipat, he has for three decades by now intervened in the public debate on India's economy through his popular writing. Balakrishnan is a recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies (2014). Speaker II- Arjun Jayadev- Arjun Jayadev is the Director of the School of Arts and Sciences at Azim Premji University. He teaches Economics at the University and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is also a Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was an inaugural post-doctoral fellow at the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University.
His research combines quantitative and theoretical analysis of Finance, Development, Political Economy and Intellectual Property. He has also been closely involved with the CORE economics project.
Speaker III- Chirashree Das Gupta- Chirashree Das Gupta is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi. Her research and teaching has been focused on different dimensions of the political economy of institutions with a focus on patriarchy, race, caste and class and the role of law in the political economy of accumulation in trade, finance and industrialization and public policy. She has worked on the relationship between personal laws, tax and corporate governance in India. Her recent work focuses on gender, labour and social reproduction.Her major journal publications have been in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Rivista di Politica Economica, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, and Economic and Political Weekly. Her book titled State and Capital in Independent India: Institutions and Accumulation has been published by Cambridge University Press in October 2016.

Curriculum Reform in Economics

Decolonizing Economics Curriculum

Sun Oct 03 2021 13:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The workshop aims to engage the participants in understanding the history of economics, and how and by whom the discipline’s knowledge was created. It will enable them to critically engage with the hierarchies and power in our learning system, against the history of colonialism in the discipline. And finally formulate the tangible steps in identifying opportunities by including different voices in the approach to decolonise the curriculum and reflect on diversifying design and delivery.

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Curriculum Reform in Economics

Evolution of Economics education in India

Sun Oct 03 2021 15:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This session aims to outline the history of evolution
of economics curriculum in India and understand
the politics around economics education and the pedagogical
practices across different institutions in India. It will
draw on the different frameworks and interlinkages
of economics education from the historical
perspective to the present times.

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Sanjay Reddy

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Policy Case Competition

Wed Oct 06 2021 20:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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