The Aberdeen Political Economy Group (APEG) membership includes undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Aberdeen, along with University staff and members of the general public. We are convinced that scholarship must always be informed by a variety of perspectives, insights, and academic schools of thought. In this spirit, we host talks, panel debates, workshops, and other events.
By ‘political economy’ we mean approaches which view economic processes as dynamic and embedded in social relations. We deem it important to analyse economic phenomena in the light of historical contexts, power relations and social norms. Contemporary political economy furthermore emphasises the importance of gender, the environment and cultural and ethical considerations.
Although there are significant differences between specific political economy approaches, they tend to cross the boundaries normally occupied by traditional Economics in conjunction with other disciplines including Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Philosophy, Law, and other social sciences. The group is therefore intentionally interdisciplinary.
APEG underpinning aims are:
- To create a pluralistic interdisciplinary forum where all brands of political economy are welcome while promoting discussion and debate.
- To encourage the sharing of ideas, resources and materials related to political economy approaches.