The Green Economics Institute was founded in the United Kingdom in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest green research centers in the world. It is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation which operates in 47 different countries, leading a global movement for change through green economics. It is operated by a core team of 20 economists and researchers, including Miriam Kennet and Volker Heinemann, and directs a network of 5000 professionals on whose work it can draw for specialist inputs into bids and projects. It publishes an international networking magazine, The Green Economist.
The Institute also offers training programmes and examinations to obtain a Masters in Green Economics, and runs a large international internships programme during the summer.
The Green Economics Institute was founded by Miriam Kennet and Volker Heinemann in 2004.
Miriam Kennet, co-founder, director and CEO of the Green Economics Institute, received an MAIB in Economics and International Business from South Bank University, and most recently an MSC in Environmental Science and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Volker Heinemann, co-founder and director of the Institute, holds a Masters degree in Economics. He is a former German Green Councillor and is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Green Economics. He is author of 'Die Oekonomie der Zukunft', a book that investigates future economic trends in the developed world. It is based on the idea that a new economic science, free from any neo-liberal or other normative bias is needed: green economics.
The Green Economics Institute's research is focused on three key aspects:
- The reform of main stream economics by means of robust research into alternatives and existing theories, and how these can be made more relevant and practical.
- The creation and development of the new "Greening the Economy" discourse of green economics.
- Research into policy formulation and implementation which would provide economics with the philosophy, methodology, ontology and instruments to bring social and environmental justice.
The Institute's philosophy is summarized as follows:
"The aim is that as a result more people enjoy a better quality of life. There is a focus on corporate activities and the globalisation process and their impacts on a range of stakeholders including indigenous peoples, minorities, women, people in less developed countries and non human species and the biosphere and also the conventional wisdoms of trickle down theories, growth and development."
Topics & Activities
Reform of economics as an academic discipline and of its practical political implications. Widening of the scope of economics to include social and environmental justice among other issues.
- All aspects of economic theory and policy
- Development and co-operation
- Education and training
- Government advice and think tank support
- International co-operation
- Povery prevention
- Further climate change prevention
- Women and equal pay and opportunities and access to economics for all
- Inclusion and access for everyone and preventing prejudice
- Preventing further biodiversity loss
- Green IT
- Green Procurement
- Making economics work for everyone and everything on the planet
- A range of books, readers, handbooks, briefings, journals, conference proceedings with several different publishers from business, government, academia and campaigning;
- Lectures and consulting on Green economy and realistic changes in the real economy for governments and other organisations
- Research for governments around the world
- Qualifications, trainings, academic courses at all levels
- Delegations to the COP Kyoto Process
- Campaigns for greener business practices, social justice, climate change and gender equality
- Regular academic conferences at Oxford University and lectures at various universities around the world
- Green interns’ college