Sitio de recursos de la economía social y solidaria

Plymouth, United Kingdom - Schumacher College – Economics for Transition - achieving low carbon, high well-being, resilient economies, MA and PG Certificate programme

Economics for Transition is about creating an economic system fit for the ecological, social, economic and spiritual challenges of the 21st century as we make the great transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies.

As the world struggles to recover from the most severe and synchronised downturn since the Great Depression, the reputation of economists has rarely been lower. For many, economics was a big part of the problem and so cannot be part of any solution.

Economics for Transition

Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to economics.

There is an urgent need for a radical rethink of our economic system. We need a new model that recognises the challenges we face now, rather than following the thinking from previous centuries.

This model would mitigate the impacts and adapt to the crises converging on our society which include climate change, the peaking in fossil fuel energy supplies, financial instability, food security and poverty.

It would recognise the absolute need for equity and social justice right at its heart.

For 20 years, key thinkers and practitioners have been developing alternative economic ideas, models and experiments that were once considered radical and marginal.

As we turn to face a new economic dawn, these theories and practices are now moving to centre stage.

Why Schumacher College?

Since 1991, Schumacher College has been pioneering this radical new thinking in economics, attracting the leading teachers, practitioners and activists from across the globe. We have inspired and supported thousands of organisations and individuals from many different countries in their quest to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.

In 2011, in response to the state of global economics, we ran our first MA in Economics for Transition in association with the New Economics Foundation, the Transition Network and the Business School at the University of Plymouth.

Now in its third year, this partnership offers you an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best of alternative thinking available globally.

Coupled with an unrivalled visiting faculty of teachers and practitioners from across the world, you have a unique chance to join those at the forefront of new economic thinking.

Our teachers include:

Jonathan Dawson and Tim Crabtree – Schumacher College

Andrew Simms and David Boyle – New Economics Foundation

Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande – Transition Network

Derek Shepherd – University of Plymouth

Peter Harper – Centre for Alternative Technology

Ed Mayo- Secretary General of Co-operatives UK

Vandana Shiva who is a philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist. She is an author of more than 20 books including Biopiracy: the Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Water Wars; Privatization, Pollution, and Profit.

Robert Chambers who, since the 1980s, has been one of the leading advocates for putting the poor, destitute and marginalised at the centre of the processes of development policy. He is the author of many books and articles, including Rural Development: Putting the Last First (1983, Longman).

Chris Seeley who has extensive experience working with on sustainability issues for business service and economic development organisations and has worked globally in the small enterprise development sector.


Visiting teachers will be drawn from Schumacher College associates who include Tim Jackson, Gunter Pauli, Wolfgang Sachs, Jonathon Porritt, Ed Mayo, Nic Marks, Catherine Cameron, Janine Benyus, Ken Webster, Richard Douthwaite, Bunker Roy and many other key thinkers and activists.

Schumacher College believes in a radical and rigorous approach to learning that develops the whole person through intellect, emotion, ethics and practice. We value trans-disciplinary approaches, different ways of knowing and creative forms of expression.

Reflective enquiry, participatory learning methods, learning journals and personal development planning are among the tools we use in our small-group learning experiences.

Become immersed in a transformative postgraduate programme that is geared towards both external and inner transition.

Who is this course for?

We are delighted to receive your applications whether you are coming from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to retrain in a subject area that is of huge importance to our global economic future and well-being.

We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-create a new economy in practice. We are looking for those prepared to take a risk and stand on the cutting-edge of new thinking in this area.

Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in its diverse mix of cultural experience and age group which allows for rich peer to peer learning.


Please click here for information about the application process, term dates and fees.

Our first review of applications will take place in early March, so to be assured of a place, please apply by 28 February. Any remaining places after this time will be considered on an ongoing basis.