The EUROPEAN RESEARCH NETWORK ON SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC POLICY (EReNSEP) is an independent non-profit organisation registered in Greece and based at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Established in early 2016, it aims to contribute to the policy debate in Europe.

EReNSEP brings together expertise in a wide variety of fields, including economics, sociology, and politics. It links researchers, activists and organisations across several countries in Europe.

Through publications on the state of economy and society as well as high-profile public events it aims to contribute to the European policy debate. Our intention is to generate policy proposals that will offer concrete and feasible alternatives to the challenges currently facing Europe.

Policy making in the European Union since the great crisis of 2007-9 has been dominated by austerity and structural adjustment. The results have been poor in terms of growth, employment and incomes. A decisive cause of failure has been the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU, which has become a lever for structural imbalances in Europe as well as for austerity and inequality. The political implications are evident in the strengthening rise of Euroscepticism and the disconcerting rise of the extreme Right in Europe.

Our perspective is critical of mainstream policy and theory in economics and other fields. We believe that Europe needs urgently to consider alternative monetary arrangements, and that markets and capital have to be placed under control to the benefit of working people and society in general. It is also time to reconsider the relationship between the nation state and the EU, if solidarity is to find real roots in Europe.

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

Josep Maria Antentas Collderram is Professor of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He was an activist involved in the antiglobalization movements. He is a member of Anticapitalistas, a radical left current in Catalonia and the Spanish State, which is part of Podemos. He has often published in scientific journals and newspapers analysing the political processes of the neoliberal era, specialising on the political dynamics in the Spanish State. He was involved in the "movement of the squares" in 2011 and afterwards he has been involved in the creation of new political initiatives, now protagonists of the political arena in the Spanish State.

 

Joaquim Arrufat Ibáñez better known as Quim Arrufat is a former MP of CUP at the Catalan Parliament. He is a Catalan political scientist and social activist. He was deputy of the Parliament of Catalonia by the Popular Unity Candidates (CUP) during the tenth legislature (2012-2015), where he worked as deputy spokesman of the Joint Group. Between 2009 and 2012 he was a councilor of Vilanova i la Geltrú. Quim Arrufat speaks seven languages: Catalan, English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Turkish. He is currently the director of international relations of the party. His field of specialisation is sovereignty of communities without state. He is involved politically in the movement of self determination of the Kurds.

 

Margie Basli is lecturer at the Metropolitan College of Thessaloniki. She has studied English Language and Culture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, and a MA in Drama Studies (American Theater). Her fields of academic interests include Theater Studies, Psychology, Drama therapy, Literature, and Educational issues.

 

Dimitris Belantis was born in Athens in 1964. He graduated from the Athens German School and studied law at the University of Athens. He is a lawyer and Dr. of Constitutional Law, member of the "Movement for Liberties and Democratic Rights of Our Time". He practises law since 1988. His doctoral thesis on "Antiterrorist legislation and rule of law" was published in 1997. He an active member of the Athens Lawyers' Bar and a member of its administration. He has published several articles in newspapers of the broader Left. Some of his works are "In search of the enemy within" (2005), "Ulrike after Meinhof's death" (2006). He also participated in collective projects, the most recent being "The Government of the Left" (2013).

 

Josep Manel Busqueta i Franco is a baker, Catalan economist and writer, member of the collective Economics Review Seminar Taifa. He has participated in advisory work for the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez. From this experience he has published several articles on the evolution of the Bolivarian revolutionary process in journals and newspapers. From a critical and marxist background he has popularized the theories of the crisis, the cooperative economy, economic sovereignty, publishing work everywhere in the Catalan Countries. "The time of the vultures", his first solo book, was considered a best seller of critical thinking in 2013. He is a member of CUP, former MP at the Catalan Parliament in the eleventh legislature (2015).

 

Zoe Chasioura was born in Naoussa, Greece. She studied economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is a licensed first class accountant and a member of the Hellenic Economic Chamber. She has worked as an accountant in the private sector for thirteen years. Since 2008 she works as a public servant in the Economics Department of the Municipality of Naoussa in northern Greece. She is a member of the rapporteurs registry and an official instructor of accounting. She is a trained and certified educator for the Hellenic National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) with continuous educational work in public and private Vocational Training Institutes for Adults. She participates in training programs in the fields of Institutions’ Financial Management and Public Administration in general. She is a member of the Hellenic Federation of workers in Municipalities and an active member of cultural and folklore associations in her home town.

 

 

Sergi Cutillas is an Economist researcher at Ekona Research Center, member of the Observatory on Debt in Globalization and activist in the Plataform for a Citizen Audit of the Debt (PACD). As an economist he collaborates with Costas Lapavitsas, who is his thesis supervisor at SOAS. He has written critically about the process of integration in the Eurozone. He is a member of the Greek Debt Truth Commission, created by the former Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Zoe Konstantopolou and coordinated by Éric Toussaint, whose aim was to audit the Greek debt and to give legal advice for the rejection of repayment of unlawful debts. Currently he is doing research on the banking structure of the Eurozone.

 

Will Denayer studied political science in Brussels and education in Ghent. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden on a dissertation on Hannah Arendt’s political thought. Since then, he has been a researcher at the universities of Louvain, Ghent and Trinity Dublin and taught at the university of Cork. He wrote articles on Marx, Arendt, Benjamin, Heidegger, Foucault, Ellul, Girard and Polanyi. His current research deals with the analysis of neoliberal capitalism, its crises and macroeconomics, the euro zone crisis, Keynesianism, development and globalization and climate change and human rights. In order to mitigate (or survive) climate change, industrial reconversion and renewable energy are essential. The money necessary to kick start this process sits in German banks. Any European stimulus program must be geared towards decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Will works for Flassbeck economics.

 

George Diagourtas was born in Patra in 1981. He received a degree in Statistics and Insurance Science of the University of Piraeus and an MSc in Applied Economics of the Department of Economics, University of Patras. His thesis titled “Environmental Protection Investments and their impact on productivity: A sectoral approach” was published in a scientific economic journal (2015). Since 2011 he works as an accountant and tax consultant. He is an active member of the regional political group “Western Greece Civil Resistance” and for two years he served as a representative of the group at the Economics Commission of the Prefecture of Western Greece. He also serves as Coordinator for the group. In the elections of 2014 he was nominated regional councilor with the group. In the elections of the Economic Chamber in 2013 he was nominated by SYN.AR.O.E.

 

Cédric Durand is an economist, associate professor in Paris 13 University. Working within the tradition of Marxist and French Regulationist Political Economy, he is member of the Centre d’économie Paris Nord and associated to the CEMI (EHESS). He participates to the editorial board of the Revue d’économie industrielle and the online journal ContreTemps.

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Heiner Flassbeck graduated in 1976 in economics from Saarland University, Germany, concentrating on money and credit, business cycle theory and general philosophy of science. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the Free University, Berlin, Germany in 1987 and in 2005 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Hamburg.

From 1976 to 1980 he worked at the German Council of Economic Experts, Wiesbaden, followed by the Federal Ministry of Economics, Bonn until 1986. From 1988 to 1998 he was chief macroeconomist in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin, and from 1998 to 1999 he was State Secretary (Vice Minister) at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Bonn, responsible for international affairs, the EU and the IMF.

He works at UNCTAD since 2000. From 2003 to 2012 he was Director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies. He was the principal author of the team preparing UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report, with specialization in macroeconomics, exchange rate policies, and international finance. He was observer to the G 20 Finance Ministers meetings from 2010 to 2012. Since January 2013 he is Director of Flassbeck-Economics, a consultancy for global macroeconomic questions.

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Ramón Franquesa is Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona. He investigates the management of renewable natural resources, social economy and the processes of non-capitalist economic organization. In the eighties he participated in an exchange program at the Lomonosov Moscow State University that allowed him to witness the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the rapid transition to capitalism. He is an activist of the Plaform for Euro Exit. He has written extensively about the need of the Spanish State to abandon the euro and the EU.

 

Iolanda Fresnillo is a sociologist, researcher at Ekona Research Center and activist for the Plataform for a Citizen Audit of the Debt (PACD). For the last two decades she has been involved in the global jubilee and anti-debt movements, struggling against neoliberal policies and the repayment of illegitimate debts. Currently she specialises in the matter of financial and economic sovereignty as an advisor for CUP.

 

Constantinos Gavrielides was born in 1970 in Athens. He studied Rural and Surveying Engineering at the National Technical University (NTUA) with specialization in geography- regionally planning and environment. He is working in the private sector and has participated as a site engineer in projects like Athens METRO, National roads, Aigion port etc.

He has been president of the Association of Rural and Surveying Engineering in PSATM West Section in Greece, vice president of the Club Contractors Achaia (member of PESEDE) and an elected member of the central delegation of Technical Chamber of Greece. He participated in movements against the privatization of water (Pin-SaveGreekWater barrier), in waste management (PROSYNAT), and is a founding member of a social cooperative enterprise active in Recycling at Source successfully since November 2013. In May 2014 he was nominated Deputy Head of Achaia in local elections where elected regional councilor in the regional council of Western Greece and is a member of the Economic Committee of the Region of Western Greece.

 

Stella Koutsogianni was born in 1974 in Naoussa, Greece. She studied Law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini. She practices law for over fifteen years now. In 2010 she completed a two-year seminar in Special Education at the Department of Human Sciences of the University of the Aegean. Her thesis concerns the rights of persons with disabilities to education. She speaks three languages.

 

Stathis Kouvelakis holds a maîtrise and a DEA in philosophy from the University of Paris 10 and a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Paris 8. He has taught at the University of Paris 8 and was a research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton before coming to King’s in September 2003. He was promoted to Reader in 2009. His main research interests lie in Marx and Marxist tradition, German philosophy and recent critical theory.

His recent research has focused on the formation of Marx’s political thought, the trajectory of the Young Hegelians and the critique of political liberalism. He also works on contemporary French politics and on the history of social protest in France. Kouvelakis is currently working on two books, the first on the time of politics, discussing the notions of temporality and decision in contemporary political thought, the second on the current state of Marxist theory. His long-term project includes a study of the formation of Marx’s theory in the (political, intellectual and cultural) context of the European 1848 revolutions and their aftermath.

He is a member of the editorial board of the French journals “Contretemps” and “La Pensée”, of the “Groupe d’Etudes Sartriennes” and of the “Historical Materialism” Book Series at Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden, Netherlands).

 

Costas Lapavitsas has taught economics at SOAS since 1990 and has done research on the political economy of money and finance, the Japanese economy, the history of economic thought, economic history, and the contemporary world economy. Since 2010 his research interests have focused on the Eurozone crisis and the work he has produced, including with a group of researchers at Research on Money and Finance at SOAS, has had considerable impact on the European debate and policy making. His longer-term research interests, however, have been on the financialisation of capitalism, its characteristic trends, variable forms and manifold implications for contemporary society. His work on financialisation has become standard reference in the literature. Finally, during 2015 he was elected as a Member of Parliament in Greece.

Costas Lapavitsas has published widely in the academic field, and writes frequently for the international and the Greek press. His most recent books include: “Against the Troika”, with H. Flassbeck (Verso, 2015), "Profiting Without Producing” (Verso, 2013), “Crisis in the Eurozone”, together with several RMF researchers, (Verso, 2012), “Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit” (Routledge, 2003), “Development Policy in the Twenty-first Century”, ed., with B. Fine and J. Pincus (Routledge 2001) and “Political Economy of Money and Finance”, with M. Itoh (MacMillan 1999).

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Theodore Mariolis is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Public Administration at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens and holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Public Administration of Panteion University. His research fields include Sraffian, Marxian and Keynesian Economics, International Economics, Input-Output Analysis, Theory of Endogenous Economic Fluctuations and History of Economic Thought. His is the author of numerous books and publications in scientific magazines. He is a member of the Hellenic Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, the International Input-Output Association, the Royal Economic Society (2008-2009), the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), the Greek Scientific Association of Political Economy, the World Economics Association, the Political Economy Research Group (PERG, Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; 2014-2016), the Institute of Social Researches Dimitris Batsis (President; 2015-) and the Study Group on Sraffian Economics (Director; Department of Public Administration, Panteion University; 2006-).

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Spyros Marchetos teaches history of ideas at the School of Political Sciences of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and was a member of the Truth Committee on Public Debt formed by the Greek Parliament in 2015. He has written the books Alexandre Papanastassiou and his Era. Antinomies of Reformist Socialism (1998), and "Ηow Did I Kiss Mussolini..." The First Steps of Greek Fascism (2006). He is active in Antarsya, the main organisation of the anticapitalist Left in Greece.

 

Albert Medina Català has studies in Economics at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. He has been an activist linked to Marxist organizations. Nowadays he is focused on European Integration, both politically and academically. He is member of the Platform for the Euro Exit and he has contributed to “Librarse del euro” (Getting Rid of the Euro) Icaria Editorial, Ramon Franquesa ed. with the chapter “From European reconstruction to the euro crisis. Brief review of the European Monetary history (1945-2008)”.

 

Kallinikos Nikolakopoulos is alumnus of the American College Anatolia, an economist (graduate of economic sciences at the University of Macedonia, holder of  a master in business administration with specialty in banking and finance and a master degree in health economics and health services management) and information systems analyst  (holder of a master degree in information systems).  He has worked as assistant researcher in the department of public economics at the Centre of Planning and economic Researches (KEPE), as a researcher in the Greek National Statistical Organization (now ELSTAT), as a marketing analyst in pharmaceutical company GLAXO and as an employee of the Greek Ministry of Finance. He has taught courses of his specialties in the public Institute of Vocational Training of Serres and Ioannina. His scientific interests include the causes and the repercussions of the global financial crisis of 2007-8, the overcharge crisis of Greece and other countries, the applied policies of IMF, EU and other international organizations and the subjects of health economics and management of health services. He is a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and the Greek Company of Health Services Management.

 

Evita Nolka is a political theorist from Greece. She studied political science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a master’s degree in International Studies of the University of Macedonia, specializing in Strategic Studies and International Politics. Her thesis focuses on the relations of Libya and the western world during the period of the Qaddafi regime. Her current research interests include the European financial crisis in the Mediterranean region. She speaks four languages. She worked in the private sector as a Public Relations and Communications Coordinator. She volunteers in a series of non-profit associations.

 

Vasiliki Simaki obtained her Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the Dept. of Computer Engineering and Informatics of the University of Patras, Greece, in 2015. She received her Bachelor in Greek Philology and Linguistics, from the Department of Philology and Linguistcs, University of Patras, Greece in 2008 and her Master of Research in Computational Linguistics from the Université de Strasbourg, France in 2010. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Sentiment Analysis, Social Media Text Analysis and Sociolinguistics. She currently studies the language that people from different social groups use in social media. She speaks fluently English and French. She has participated in social and educational movements.

 

Stergios Skaperdas is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. He was born in Greece, received a BA in Economics from Reed College and the MA and PhD degrees, also in Economics, from the Johns Hopkins University. His research examines circumstances in which individuals and groups can make a living not just by producing and trading but also by taking – appropriating – the production of others. With that basic trade-off between production and appropriation at its core, Skaperdas has developed a theoretical framework that allows the study of a variety of economic and political problems, including those of organized crime, the emergence of states and governance, civil wars and other forms of domestic conflict, as well as the effects of globalization in the presence of insecurity. His research has been published in a variety of economics and political science journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review Economic Journal, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the Journal of International Economics.

At UC Irvine, Skaperdas is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, and the Global Peace and Conflict Studies Center. He is Research Fellow of the Center for the Study of Civil Wars at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Norway; Research Fellow of the CESifo Research Network in Munich, Germany, and is affiliated with the European Union Network on Polarization and Conflict. He has consulted on the problem of civil wars and conflict for the World Bank and the World Institute for Development Economics Research/United Nations University (WIDER/UNU) in Helsinki, Finland, the Andean Development Fund (CAF) and the Center for International Development of Harvard University. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

 

Antoni Soy i Casals is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona and an expert consultant and advisor of public administrations. He was mayor of Argentona (1999-2006); between 2003 and 2007 also held the positions of Vice President of the Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia and vice president of the Regional Council of Maresme. In December 2006 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Industry and Enterprise of the Generalitat of Catalonia, position that he held until 2011. On 14 December 2010 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Business and Communication at the University of Vic. As of November 2012 he returned to his position as a Professor at the University of Barcelona.

His major fields of specialization are European economy and policies, development and regional policy, industrial and business policy, policy and management of the public sphere (especially in the local and regional level), management and leadership within the Public Administration. He has published a wide range of studies within these fields of specialization. Over the years he has collaborated with several international organisations including the European Commission, a wide range of Spanish and Autonomous Communities ministries, several national and international universities, OECD, UNESCO, the French Commissariat Général du Plan, the French Ministry for higher education and research and the autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese.

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Joan Tafalla is a primary school teacher and member of the associations Espai Marx and El Caracol Maya. He is the author of "A Jacobin priest: Jacques-Michel Coupe" and co-author with Irene Castells of "Historical Atlas of the French Revolution". He is also co-editor of "Perspectives on precarious". In 2013 he published with Joaquín Miras "The left as a problem" where he advocates for popular sovereignty. He has been a communist activist for four decades at the Catalan Comunist Party (PCC), which is now part of Comunists of Catalonia. He is member of the Platform for the Exit from the Euro. He has advocated for years for the dismanteling of the EMU and the EU.

 

 

Themis Tzimas recently obtained his PhD in public law and political science from the faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He completed his LLM at international law in the University of Bristol and at public, constitutional law in Democritus University of Thrace. He has published articles and papers in international peer reviewed conferences and journals. He is a columnist in greek political magazines and sites. He is a member of the Popular Unity party.

 

Georgia Valomenou is an architect (National Technical University of Athens, 1994) with postgraduate studies in Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings (Hellenic Open University, 2008). From 1994 to 2006 she collaborated with architects and construction companies (design, supervision). Since 2006 she has been working in Secondary Education. She is involved in both teachers’ and engineers’ unions, local government, antifascist activities and solidarity structures.

 

Sébastien Villemot is an Economist (OFCE — Sciences Po). His research interests include public debt, economic policies in the Eurozone and modelling. In 2012 he completed his PhD “Essays on Modelling the Sovereign Default Risk”, under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Cohen, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

 

 

John Weeks, born in the United States and UK citizen, is professor emeritus, SOAS, University of London, and founding member of UK-based Economists for Rational Economic Policies. He has advised trade unions and members of the UK parliament on economic policies. His most recent book is Economics of the 1%: how mainstream economics serves the rich, obscures reality and distorts policy (Anthem Press). He has a weekly show on British and European economic issues on Share Radio. His recent articles on EU affairs include "We Need to Re-write the Maastricht Rules," Social Europe Journal; "The 6 Pack: EU mandate for bad economic policy," Flassbeck-Economics; and "A Rising Authoritarian Wave," Open Democracy. He is currently engaged in a project to re-write the EU treaties to create space for social democratic policies.

 

Grigoris Zarotiadis was born in 1972 in Thessaloniki. He studied economics in Johannes Kepler University of Linz – Austria. During his PhD he spent a year in UMIST (University of Manchester – Institute for Science and Technology). Currently, he is Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Political Sciences in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Additionally he is Vice President of the Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, as well as of the Institute for Social Research Dimitris Mpatsis. His research covers the fields of international economics, economic development and economic growth, having a plentiful record of international academic publications and references. Being politically active, he is head of the political organization Socialist Perspective.

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