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Pluralist Economics at Sussex (PEAS)

'Pluralist Economics at Sussex' is a young student society at Sussex and part of the national network 'Rethinking Economics' (www.rethinkeconomics.org).

Our main aim is to promote pluralism in economics education; we think that learning about a range of schools of thought, methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches will help us understand the world we live in better.

We want to engage with students at all level of education who want to join the discussion on how to make economics education more open and pluralist. Of course, everyone from postgraduate, faculty to interested citizen is welcome!

We organise several events during the year such as lecturers on heterodox approaches to economics and film screenings.

We usually meet Wednesday or Thursday evenings in IDS Bar - just drop us a message if you want to join.

Drop us an email if you want to join our mailing list and/or check our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peasussex/ and our group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544052662543684/files/.


Meet the Committe:

Bernardo Caldarola 


I am currently pursuing a PhD in Science and Technology Policy studies at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex,  and my research looks at the relationship between structural change and inclusive innovation in Sub Saharan Africa. I am extremely curious, fairly argumentative, and great supporter of heterodox thinking (inside and outside Economics).


Maika Schmidt

Vice President

My name is Maika and I am working on my PhD in Economics. My research interests are poverty, inequality, and early childhood development. I beleive Pluralist Economics is important because economic thought shapes social policy and we need get better at understanding human development.


Filippo Bontadini and Daniele Guariso


My name is Filippo and I am currently a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Policy Studies, focusing on Global Value Chains (GVCs), structural change and industrial policies. Before starting my PhD I worked as an intern at Business France, the French Embassy's Foreign Trade Commission in Milan and at SACE, the Italian Export Credit Agency in Turin.


Hi everyone! I am Daniele and I deal with Logistics for PEAS. I am doing a PhD in Economics here at Sussex, working on Politics and Social Media with a bit of Machine Learning in between. I am so into pluralism that I have several selves. And each of them is so pluralist that you cannot even imagine.


Sara Campanella

Treasurer and Fundrasing Officer

I am currently doing a Masters in Development Economics at BMEc. My main research interest is in International Trade. I strongly beleive that it is time to change the way we learn Economics here in the UK and adpot a more pluralist approach. 


Anton Moller



Silvia Nastasi

Welfare Officer

My name is Silvia, I study Development Economics and I am the Welfare Officer of PEAS. Inclusion comes together with pluralism: if you think you might need support to join our activities or you have suggestions on how we can promote inclusivity, feel free to contact me anytime.


Tom Rowland

Media and Communication Officer


Rohan Katepallewar

Postgraduate Ambassador

My name is Rohan S Katepallewar and I am currently a MA candidate in Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK). I worked as Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow in Chhattisgarh state and shouldered responsibility of State Project Manager (CGSRLM) for an year. I completed my Master's from TISS, Mumbai and took keen interest in decoding aspirations of rural community members from the perspective of Urban Bias Theory


Lionel De Bayser

Undergraduate Ambassador


Anuja Suhasini Bajaj and Saksham Singh

Discussion group organisers

I am interested in the field of Economics and Psychology. My research interests include that of Behavioral Economics, Well-Being and Health. Also moonlighting as a cartoonist. I can be found sipping whiskey, explaining pseudo philosophy to unsuspecting victims at Falmer Bar. 



Our society is committed to create a safe, tolerant and inclusive environment at our events. If you have any concern about inclusivity and discrimination, get in touch with our Welfare Officer, Silvia Nastasi. Our Welfare officer is responsible for ensuring that every member is equally represented in our society, and that our events can get as many students involved as possible. If you wish to get in touch with Silvia you can send an email to peasussex@rethinkeconomics.org or message us on Facebook.

Not a Student?

If you are not a student at the University of Sussex, but you are still interested in our society, there are many ways to get involved! Follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list to receive regular updates about our events. Most of our talks are open to non-students as well. 

If you are an academic, phd student or professional and you have a great idea for an event, we want to hear from you! We are always looking for people who are passionate about economic pluralism and want to help us put together new and interesting events.






Leaf Awards

What is the Leaf Scheme?
Leaf awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public. Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting three, six or nine criteria. Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved.

Groups can work towards nine leaves:

CLICK HERE to see our current ranking in the Leaf Award Leader Board.


Below are the Leaves that have been achieved by previous committees:

Inclusivity Leaf

The Inclusivity Leaf is awarded to groups who have taken positive steps to increase the diversity of their membership and include as many members as possible. They have made specific efforts to include students that don’t traditionally engage, without ignoring or neglecting their current membership or other student groups.


Development Leaf

The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.


Communications Leaf

The Communications Leaf is awarded to groups who communicate with their members and the student body regularly and in innovate ways.

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