DUNDEE 24/25/26 March 2023 – LIVE sessions DCA / The Little Theatre / Steps Theatre.

SCOTONOMICS Festival of Economics is a not-for-profit economics festival with a community wealth-building objective. Our three venues are community or local authority owned and all profits will be donated to community projects in our host city.

Our event also has a maximum positive impact objective ensuring our physical resource use is as low as possible.

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Speakers include:

Richard Murphy

University of Sheffield Management School

Neil McInroy

The Democracy Collaborative

Cat Boyd

Activist & Host Contercast podcast

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Marla Dukharan


Dr Craig Dalzell


Kairin van Sweeden

SNP Councillor

Lukas Bunse

Lukas Bunse


William Thomson


Tadhg Hickey

Activist & Comedian

Jonathon Shafi


Gemma Milne

Sociologist of Tech & Science

Gary Gillespie Chief Economist

Gary Gillespie

Chief Economist, Scottish Government

Professor Steve Keen

Author, Commentator & Economist

Nick Sherrard

Label Ventures

Rachel Donald

Planet: Critical

Andrew Thin

Scottish Land Commission

Dr Tim Rideout at a lectern

Dr Tim Rideout

Scottish Currency Group

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Frances Rayner


Alex Salmond headshot

Alex Salmond

Former First Minister of Scotland

Laurie Macfarlane headshot.

Laurie Macfarlane

Author & Economist

Cameron headshot

Cameron Archibald

Modern Money Scotland

Dr Andrew MacKillop

History Professor, University of Glasgow

Jane Morrison


Roger Mullin

Roger Mullin

The Bottom Line

Shona Robison MSP

Scottish Government

Amanda Burgauer


Steven Hail

Economics Professor, Torrens University

Tegid Roberts

Tegid Roberts

Author of YnniCymru Report for a Welsh state-owned renewable energy company

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Stuart Mackintosh

Group of Thirty

Dirk Ehnts

Dirk Ents

Adjunct Lecturer, Torrens University

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Patricia Pino

PHD Candidate, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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Jon Helgi Egilsson

Former Chairman of the supervisory board of the Icelandic Central Bank

Tickets available now

Friday ALL SESSIONS Ticket ONLY £20
Saturday ALL SESSIONS Ticket ONLY £30
Sunday ALL SESSIONS Ticket ONLY £20
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Across the three days we will have a wide variety of sessions looking at Scotland's economy

Respected global economists joining us to discuss Scotland's place in a globalised economy

Voices and views from across Scotland and the UK

A day ticket allows you to attend any session you wish (you obviously can’t be in two places at one) so you will have to choose which gigs to attend. Almost all of the sessions will be recorded and all tickets have access to all of the recordings. The online ticket includes LIVE ACCESS to gigs each day. Sessions and timings subject to change.

Sessions include

Friday 24th March

The SCOTONOMICS Book Club drop in session (FREE TO ATTEND) 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Introduction and welcome to SCOTONOMICS FESTIVAL OF ECONOMICS with hosts Kairin van Sweeden and William Thomson

Innovation – Scotland’s ability and aptitude for innovation. 6.15pm – 7.00pm

The “unique” UK economy – Ten ways in which the UK stands out. 7.05pm – 7.35pm

One of these things is not like the other – The difference between a currency issuer and a currency user. 7.35pm – 8.00pm

Economic models – Policymakers are guided by them. Companies make decisions based on them. Media report them. But what actually goes into creating an economic model? You will be very surprised to find out! – Hosted by comedian Tadhg Hickey. 8.00pm – 8.30pm

An Economic Journey. A conversation with Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland Alex started his career as an Economist with the Scottish Office and later the Royal Bank of Scotland before becoming an MP, MSP, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland. 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 25th March

How to start a new central/reserve bank – With a blank canvas what role could a new central/reserve bank play in Scotland?. 12.00pm – 1.15pm

The economics of land – Do we use or abuse Scotland’s ‘natural capital’? 12.00pm – 1.15pm

The Social Justice and Fairness Commission – 12.30pm – 1.00pm

An easy guide to Quantitative Easing – What role did and does “QE” continue to play in the economy? 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Beyond the welfare state. French Economist Thomas Piketty has called for citizens to demand more of their governments when it comes to providing the fundamental services needed to live a decent life. How will a job guarantee, universal basic income and universal basic services take us beyond the twentieth century welfare state? 1.30pm – 2.15pm

PFI – The long lasting impact of parasitic finance initiatives. 1.30pm – 2.15pm

From shareholder value to stakeholder value – 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Monetary Policy v Fiscal Policy – Over the last few decades western governments have moved from using fiscal policy to monetary policy to control the economy. We discuss the impact of this seemingly benign choice. 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Community led economy – What would a Scottish economy focused on communities look like? 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Why is there no Scottish National Energy Company? And what we can learn from Wales? 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Radical economics – What would a radical Scottish economy look like? 3.45pm – 4.45pm

How ‘Just’ is Scotland’s Just Transition? – A Just Transition is possible, but only just. So how does Scotland get there? 3.45pm – 4.45pm

What is a wellbeing economy and how do we get there? – 5.00pm – 6.00pm

The circular economy – 5.00pm – 6.00pm

The source of Scotland’s wealth (includes Gallery Tour at DCA) – The role of empire in creating and sustaining our high standard of living. 6.15pm – 7.00pm

The Economy of Dundee – 6.15pm – 7.00pm

OUR MASSIVE MYTH BUSTER SESSION – Myths and misunderstandings dominate the narrative around our economy. But not anymore! Hosted by comedian Tadhg Hickey. 7.15pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 26th March

All of our climate sessions are chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical

An introduction to Modern Monetary Theory (FREE TO ATTEND) – A realistic and modern look at money and what it tells us about the functioning (or non functioning) of governments and financial markets. 11.00am – 12.00pm. Supported by Modern Money Lab

A Scottish Job Guarantee (FREE TO ATTEND) – How a job guarantee in Scotland would underpin the economy and create a more equal society. 12.15pm – 1.00pm. Supported by Modern Money Lab

The economics of the climate crisis – A battle we can not afford to lose. 12.15pm – 1.00pm. Chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical.

The difference between growth/no growth/degrowth – Nothing can grow forever. 1.10pm – 2.00pm. Chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical.

A Scotland of Ideas – 2.15pm – 3.00pm

Scottish Climate Change – How is Scotland tackling the climate crisis? 2.15pm – 3.00pm. Chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical.

Don’t worry! Technology will save us all! from the climate crisis – The happy life of a techno-utopian. 3.15pm – 4.00pm. Chaired by Rachel Donald from Planet: Critical.

SCOTONOMICS Small Nation Series. When it comes to economics, small tends to be beautiful. 3.15pm – 4.00pm

SCOTONOMICS podcast recording (FREE TO ATTEND). 4.00PM – 4.30PM

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sessions across Dundee