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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


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.


Daniele Guariso


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.


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.


Dara Leyden 


Dara is studying a Masters in Global Political Economy. He is a mature student who started his career in Financial Consulting at PwC on the same day as Lehman’s insolvency, which was his first restructuring project. He was affected by the injustice of the 2008 financial crisis and left PwC to volunteer with an NGO in Bangladesh before studying a post-graduate diploma in Economics at the University of Cambridge in 2012. Here, he was introduced to campaigning for economic justice and joined the Cambridge Society of Economics Pluralists (CSEP). He went on to work as Sustainability Adviser for Save the Children and helped launch a humanitarian learning platform in 2015. He is currently Trustee and Treasurer of the Rethinking Economics network.



Anuja Suhasini Bajaj

Treasurer and Fundrasing Officer




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.





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