Intersectional Economics

It is widely known that women and members of BME communities, as well as other groups, are woefully underrepresented in economics while also being disadvantaged by our economic systems. There is little discussion that policy makers should do something to better the situation for members of all of these groups.

What, though, if their interests collide? (How) are policy makers to prioritise? And what about the discriminations faced by people who simultaneously belong to more than one group that is discriminated against? Are their challenges somehow different in nature than those suffered by those who ‘merely’ have to deal with one-dimensional disadvantages? If so, how?

Together we will therefore explore how to do so and see if policy makers could and should thereby protect the interests of members of multiple groups, without overlooking one or the other.

  • Intersectionality and economics/the economy: what are we even talking about?
  • What is social (in)justice, how does it relate to intersectionality and economics and why does this matter?
  • What to do about inequalities and injustices in economics, policy making and the economy? A practical intersectionality toolkit.
  • A theoretical grip of intersectional economics as a concept.
  • Why intersectional economics matters in: economics as an academic discipline; economics as a policy making profession; and – as a consequence – the economy/society as a whole.
  • An understanding of the status quo in terms of tackling intersectional problems in all of these areas of economics.
  • Practical ideas on how to deal with intersectionality-related injustices in all of these areas of economics.

Everyone – no prior understanding of economic theory necessary.

Teresa Linzner is an experienced researcher with a background in economics and philosophy. As such she has covered a broad range of topics, reaching from philosophy of science, including philosophy of economics, to theories of justice, feminist philosophy and economics, as well as philosophy of language. She has been a passionate advocate for pluralism and diversity in economics for years and worked, until recently, for the charity Promoting Economic Pluralism. There she led not only on research but also on communications and campaigns. She is an entertaining workshop leader and is always looking to explore topics from new angles as brought in by participants.

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