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  • Towards a heterodox and reflexive economics

    Towards a heterodox and reflexive economics

    After the 2008 financial crisis, the call for a more heterogeneous approach to studying and teaching economics intensified. But how can heterodoxy take up a more prominent place in economic science? A Cultural Anthropologist offers three suggestions.
  • Feel the heat – Fuel innovation in Ghana

    Feel the heat – Fuel innovation in Ghana

    It is charcoal, but not as we know it! - Professor David Miller has a mission to decrease the brain drain in Ghana. By making charcoals out of grass he found a great alternative that could benefit employment as well as sustainability development.
  • Paradoxes of sustainability

    Paradoxes of sustainability

    Sustainability bottlenecks, paradoxes or myths are addressed by many researchers in the broad field of sustainability. Yet, few authors come up with a clear framework for sustainable solutions. Here, some valuable directions from my teaching practice.
  • My Airbnb home is my market

    My Airbnb home is my market

    Is Airbnb a wonderful economic alternative based on sharing and morality? Or is it simply an illustration of our labour market being so problematic that people get more creative to make ends meet? A former Airbnb member tells her side of the story.
  • The mindless  knowledge economy

    The mindless knowledge economy

    We often assume that a technologically advanced economy is all about a highly skilled labour force engaging in creative forms of self-expression. However, the dream of getting rid of dull and boring jobs through automation seems to be a utopia.
  • My home is my (Airbnb) castle?

    My home is my (Airbnb) castle?

    In Amsterdam there are over 10,500 Airbnb addresses. ‘The easiest way for people to monetise their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.’ Why does this ‘monetise your extra space’ resonate so well? And what about the neighbours?
  • The Uncertainty of Help

    The Uncertainty of Help

    What role do local institutions of mutual security play in managing the growing economic and political uncertainties in African communities today? How do people in everyday life manage these economic and political insecurities?
  • The Future as a Humanist Ideology

    The Future as a Humanist Ideology

    On the 26th and 27th of June an international conference in Leiden brought together critical insights into “The Future” as a humanist ideal. The desire for a better, more peaceful and more plentiful life for all humans may not be as innocent as it seems.
  • Walking and protesting in Brasília

    Walking and protesting in Brasília

    Protests in Brazil are heating up preparations for the football World Cup. These demonstrations and other ways of using the streets of Brasília emphasize that the future did not turn out to be as utopian and rich as imagined before.
  • The problem of ‘culture’ in the New Economy

    The problem of ‘culture’ in the New Economy

    Governments around the world postulate digital entrepreneurship as the key to their nations’ economic future. Yet it seems that this call for more entrepreneurial citizens also goes hand in hand with a request to change culture.
  • Youngsters and the new credit counter

    Youngsters and the new credit counter

    In 2011, one in eight youngsters applied for debt counselling (schuldhulpverlening), with their debts running up to €30,000. Why do so many young people have such large consumer debts?
  • When eco chic meets halal

    When eco chic meets halal

    Islam has always been a lifestyle of ethical choices, but how is a new blend of halal and green consumption practices to contribute to debates on sustainable development?
  • Economy as pseudo-nature: what’s the problem?

    Economy as pseudo-nature: what’s the problem?

    Economists make a mistake when they make us belief that the economy is a natural force. Economy is not nature. There is no economy outside of human relations, except maybe for monkeys grooming each other. Economy is society and culture.