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Decolonising the Economics Curriculum


"What does it mean to decolonise the economics curriculum?" by Alvin Birdi, Director of the Economics Network, and Danielle Guizzo (University of Bristol) was published 7 June 2021 by the Economics Observatory. A shorter article by Prof. Birdi, "Decolonising the economics curriculum: a practical approach", appeared in the Economics Network Newsletter for Spring 2021.

What is Decolonisation?, included below, is a six minute introduction by Dr Foluke I. Adebisi of The Law School, University of Bristol.

Resources and links

The DEE 2023 Conference included a paper by Dunli Li, William Nguyen, and Aureo de Paula of UCL on "How Diverse is Your Reading List? An Analysis of BSc Economics Curriculum". See the extended abstract and slides from the session.

The Economics Network sponsored two sessions on decolonisation at the 2020 Festival of Economics in Bristol. You can watch the archived video on CrowdCast:

Thanks to Carolina Alves for her organisation of these sessions. She and Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven discuss these sessions in an article for The Economics Observatory.

In February 2020, the London School of Economics held a seminar on Decolonising and Diversifying Economics and Economic History. Audio and a transcript are available online.

The D-Econ: Diversifying and Decolonising Economics organisation has resources about decolonising economics, including alternative reading lists.

A free course for university staff, "Decolonising Education: From Theory to Practice" is running on the FutureLearn online platform and can be joined at any time.