15th PhD Student Conference

Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS, United Kingdom
Room: QA063, Queen Anne Building
24 May 2024 9:30 a.m.


We are excited to share the call for papers for the 15th annual PhD student conference on the 24th of May 2024, 09:30-18:00 BST, co-organised by The Post-Keynesian Economics Society (PKES), the Young Scholar Initiative (YSI) Keynesian Economics Working Group and the Centre of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) at the University of Greenwich. The conference will be held in person at the University of Greenwich, London. It gives students the opportunity to present a chapter of their PhD dissertation and receive detailed and structured feedback from a senior researcher from PKES in a friendly environment.

We invite applications from students who are in a later stage of their PhD and who work on topics relevant to Post-Keynesian and heterodox economics more broadly. Amongst others, this includes topics such as inequality and stagnation, the ecological crisis, structural dependencies in the Global South, the care economy and financialisation. Submissions should qualify as a novel contribution to the literature and be at the stage of pre-publication. We usually do not consider dissertation proposals, literature reviews, or papers based on master’s dissertations.

We actively encourage submissions from people who are underrepresented in economics research. This includes – but is not limited to – individuals who identify as women, black or ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Should we receive more eligible applications than we can accommodate, these students will be given priority.

General Submission Deadline: 28th of March

Please submit your working paper and a cover letter of up to 300 words describing your research interest and how your dissertation topic relates to heterodox economics via this form. We accept applications on a rolling basis and aim to inform applicants whether they are accepted as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that the final deadline for submissions to present at the conference is the 28th of March. We will inform you about acceptance at the latest by the 8th of April 2024 and assign reviewers to you. 

Mark Hayes Prize (Deadline 5th of March)

Students can also submit their work to be considered for the Mark Hayes Prize. The prize will be awarded to an outstanding paper presented at the PhD conference that furthers the advancement of Post-Keynesian and heterodox economics. The prize is named after Mark Hayes (1956-2019), an exemplary Keynes scholar and former Secretary of PKES. The prize winner will receive £200 and will be announced at the end of the conference. If you would like your submission to be considered for the Mark Hayes prize, you must submit your paper via the form in advance of the general deadline by the 5th of March. The prize selection committee consists of PKES committee members.

Funding and stipends

There is no participation fee for the conference. Lunch and refreshments will be provided thanks to generous funding by PEGFA. The conference will include a social dinner, sponsored by YSI, to give the opportunity to young scholars to come together in person, build their network and get involved with the heterodox economics community and YSI. 

In addition, YSI will offer partial stipends for accommodation and national as well as international travel for selected young scholars who will present at the conference. Scholarships are limited, and aimed at students who cannot obtain (sufficient) funding from their university or other academic funding sources.  Travel via plane should be avoided if possible. We are also not able to reimburse taxis or rented cars. Please indicate in your cover letter should you wish to be considered for this,  and explain that you have exhausted funding from your university. To justify a travel stipend for participants coming from overseas for a 1-day event to our funders, it would help us if you could include an explanation of how the travel stipend can help you with attending academic activities other than the PhD conference in the UK/ Europe. This could be conferences or meetings with academic collaborators. Provided applicants are eligible, scholarships will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so early application is encouraged.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the organisers via should you have any questions. 


The link to the application form can be found here

Updates can be found on the event website:

Please also see information on the YSI website here: 


Organising committee

Dr Alexander Guschanski (PEGFA & University of Greenwich)

Dr Christina Wolf (University of Hertfordshire)

Ivan Weigandi Martinez (Leeds University Business School)

Tom Lawrence (PEGFA & University of Greenwich)

Jasmin Lukasz (PEGFA & University of Greenwich)

Stuart Leitch (PEGFA & University of Greenwich)

Thomas Rabensteiner (University of Greenwich)