The HERN is a forum and an incubator of ideas where scholars from diverse disciplines think together about how to improve men and women’s lives. Historians, philosophers, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, economists and other social sciences and humanities scholars interested in human economy will find a place to exchange ideas, debate and propose alternative and innovative solutions to important societal questions related to the economy. Together, they will identify, interpret and explain current issues. Among the research clusters featured predominantly through the HERN, one will be able to find debt/indebtedness, inequality, poverty alleviation, sustainable development and gender equality.
One of the major outcomes is to propose valuable data and insightful reports to policy makers and non-governmental organizations but also offer information to the public. The research produced will lead to better political decisions, well-informed citizens and will serve as a leveller to make a societal and economic impact.
FIRST PILOT PROJECT: 'Who Runs the World?!' Women and Informal Markets in South Africa (2018-2020)
See also the international symposium Informal Financial Markets: Now and Then
SECOND PILOT STUDY: The Future is Female: Empowering women in South Africa (2019-2020)
THIRD PILOT STUDY: Försäkringskassan and the Citizens: A case of institutional betrayal? (in progress)
This project is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond via a Pro Futura Scientia grant.
What is Human Economy?
Human economy is an innovative interdisciplinary scientific field dedicated to the observation and analysis of people economic needs and experiences. It aims at (1) complementing and enriching the traditional field of economics by offering and promoting new ideas and innovative solutions from other disciplines, (2)voicing the experiences of people and communities, (3) and proposing concrete policy-driven solutions in which research makes a direct impact.
Human economy tackles observations and analysis to some of the most pressing issues, such as indebtedness, gender equality, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and growing inequality; and ultimately proposes innovative ideas and solutions for a fairer economy and society.
The main idea behind human economy is to restore a dialogue between disciplines in order to come together to the best and most adapted solutions and analysis with a focus on communities’ well-being.
Humanities and social sciences research can offer alternative perspectives to traditional economics leading to a broader range of policy-driven solutions.
Human Economy is conceived broadly and the lecture series will be an incubator of innovative ideas.
This project examines the role and participation of women in private credit transactions and credit networks in Sweden and Finland from 1750 to 1850.
It will start in January 2018 and will take place at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Elise M. Dermineur (ed.), Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Europe. Brepols, 2017.
Elise M. Dermineur, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren, Virginia Langum (ed.), Revisiting Gender in European History 1400-1800. Routledge, 2017.» Link
Queens Consort and Their Roles in Early Modern Europe: The Case of Lovisa Ulrika’s in Eighteenth Century Sweden