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Economics for Transition (MA, PG Cert)

Schumacher College Master Programs

Full time & Part time September PgCert, MA 1 year

About the course

Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to economics.

There is an urgent need for a radical rethink of our economic system. We need new thinking and new models that recognise the challenges we face now, rather than blindly following the path that has led us into the converging crises we now face.

These models will enable us to both mitigate the impacts and adapt to these inter-locking crises – including climate change, biodiversity loss, the peaking in fossil fuel energy supplies, financial instability, food security, poverty and so on.

They will be built on an understanding of the complementarity of ecological protection and human flourishing.

For 20 years, pioneering thinkers and practitioners have been developing alternative economic ideas, models and experiments that

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Entry Requirements

Students will normally possess a first degree in the social or natural sciences, or a background that is equivalent, and be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject-matter. As places are limited we will select candidates who we consider will make optimal use of the learning experience afforded by the programme, and who will actively co-create the foundations of a “new economy.” In addition to considering individual candidates according to these criteria, the prospective MA and PG Certificate group is considered as a whole, for which Schumacher College strives to create a balance of interest, gender and background.


£14,326 (UK/EEA); £18,715 (non EEA)

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Student Profile(s)

Luigi Russi

What had you been doing prior to beginning your PG course at Schumacher College?

Prior to my course at Schumacher, I was a Visiting Lecturer in one of London's universities: I was teaching politics and critical development to undergraduate students.

2. What was it that made you want to take the programme?

I had been wanting to participate in the Economics for Transition course since it started being advertised (I had been a short course participant at Schumacher before, and that’s how I learnt about the course). I was particularly intrigued at the possibilities the course would offer to fertilise my own knowledge of critical economics with insights and practice drawn from the experience of the Transition movement and beyond.

3. Describe your time at the College?

The time at the College was nothing short of transformative. It was deeply insightful, and I felt like I really came into my own as a scholar and as a person. To this day, lessons learnt at the College have afforded me with prompts to find an orientation in really challenging situations, both of an intellectual and of a personal sort. The maturation I sensed occurring in me during my time at Schumacher was both an outcome of the teaching itself, but also of the residential setup, which has certain relational abilities (taking risks, being propositive, engaging diplomatically, articulating dissent) simply ‘grow on’ course participants.

4. What have you gone on to do since leaving the College?

Since leaving the college I have gone on to write a book on the economics of the Transition movement, and I have joined a PhD programme. Most importantly, I am still working through the flurry of ideas the time as an E4T student has kicked up.

Amrita Bhohi

What had you been doing prior to beginning your PG course at Schumacher College?

I was working for a few months for the environmental lawyer Polly Higgins on her 'Eradicating Ecocide' campaign, focusing on the political engagement leading up to the Rio Earth Summit. Prior to this I was working voluntarily to organise a local TEDx event focusing on themes of Transition etc.

2. What was it that made you want to take the programme?

I had the feeling and knowing that the current dominant mainstream approach to 'change' was superficial and inadequate relative to the multiple crises we are facing. I had begun to develop an interest in Economics, seeing this system as central to many of the problems I cared about, environmental and social justice issues, and wondering how it could be radically different, what would this look like. All of this resolved in an instant as soon as I saw the programme! It represented a different future, one that I wanted to be a part of. It strove to embody the values that it was teaching about a more beautiful world. It was a space for true creativity and free-thinking. Eternally grateful for the synchronicities that brought me there.

3. Describe your time at the College?

Joyful, creative, abundant, beautiful, profoundly challenging, heart-opening, heart warming world-changing, transformative, constant learning, inspiring, nourishing...

4. What have you gone on to do since leaving the College?

I have since been working as a Project Coordinator at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace . The project that I came on to manage was called the 'City Forum' which seeks to offer a platform for courageous dialogue, action and a community of practice for those challenging the status quo in the financial world.

Since September I have been leading a project called Project Phoenix, which focuses on young adults and new economics.

Through a 6 month training programme, we aim to bring together a new generation of young leaders to explore how to live the 'new paradigm' of inter-dependence and oneness, and what this means in practice in our economic system and in the context of a destructive and outdated culture. We hope to support young people to manifest their visions, initiatives and enterprises so as to contribute to and lead the growing of the re-generative/new economy.

Chris Tittle

What had you been doing prior to beginning your PG course at Schumacher College? What was it that made you want to take the programme?

It wasn’t until attending a lecture by Fritjof Capra, whose books I had read during a pilgrimage, that I learned about Schumacher College and the opportunity to join the first cohort of a new program exploring ecology, economics, and social change. At that time, I had been trying, unsuccessfully, to decide between two other Masters programs in the US with a more mainstream focus on environmental science. I can only describe the moment I read about this new Economics for Transition course as one of intense clarity, a resounding inner “yes!” It seemed to offer things I didn’t even know I was looking for in an educational experience, such as communal living and a more holistic and systemic exploration of non-traditional thought.

Describe your time at the College?

The coursework was incredibly stimulating and provided essential foundations in ecology, systems thinking, and a broad understanding of dominant and alternative economic thinking. As importantly, I deepened some essential personal and interpersonal skills that have proved incredibly valuable to me since, including reflective inquiry, group facilitation, and how to thrive in both an intimate community and a wider and more uncertain world. World-class scholars, a deep culture of inquiry and exploration, and a nourishing community of peers...all that can only be topped by the food!

What have you gone on to do since leaving the College?

I now co-direct the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) along with seven colleagues, in what is best described as a worker self directed nonprofit. We are a democratically run organization based in Oakland, California cultivating the legal roots of more just and resilient local economies. We provide direct legal services to projects creating community resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as offer public education, legal research, and statewide legislative advocacy to enable community control of the economy.


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