Winter Course - Human-centered Economics, 31 January – 3 February 2017, Croatia

Publish Date: Nov 08, 2016

Event Dates: from Jan 31, 2017 04:41 to Feb 03, 2017 04:41

Course description

The multidimensional challenges confronting humanity today are human-made and can be changed by a change in thought and action. Reform of policies and institutions is not sufficient. Fundamental changes are required in socio-economic theory and the way we think. Contemporary economic thought is built on a mind-frame that originated prior to the Industrial Revolution when scarcity of goods in a world of abundant resources was the primary concern, economic growth was considered synonymous with human welfare, and impact of humanity on the environment was completely ignored. Without challenging obvious flaws in existing theory, it will be not be possible to significantly alter current policies and practices. This course is an open invitation to re-examine economic thought from first principles through open discussion.

The overall aim of the course is to

(a) demonstrate why mainstream neo-classical economic theory is inappropriate for dealing with the global challenges of the 21st century

(b) explore alternative approaches for achieving ecologically sustainable, human-centered development and welfare for all

(c) identify core elements of a transdisciplinary framework encompassing economic, political, social, cultural and ecological dimensions

This course will present the findings of a five year research program of the World Academy of Art & Science and the on-going work of the New Economic Theory working group. It seeks to harness the best available ideas and practices on human-centred, sustainable economy with the power to challenge and alter university level education in Economics, public policy, business decisions, media coverage and general public opinion regarding how the world economy should and can work for the betterment of all humanity.

* Programme offer ECTS credits.

Course lecturers:

Radmilo Pešić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Carlos Alvarez - Pereira, INNAXIS Foundation, Spain
Joachim Spangenberg, Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI, Germany
Neantro Saavedra-Rivano, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Alberto Zucconi, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy, Italy
Pascal van Griethuysen, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Switzerland
Zbigniew Bochniarz, Kozminski University, Poland
Zoltan Pogatsa, University of West Hungary, Hungary
Stefan Brunnhuber, Diakonie Kliniken Zschadrass, Germany
Barry Gills, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tibor Toth, Comprehensive Nuclear test, Austria


Inter-University Centre has some options for supporting participants who attend IUC programmes.

1. Scholarships of the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports

2. IUC support

3. Other national or institutional foundations supporting educational programmes

Detailed information can be found under links in the left column.

However, besides these scholarship options, we encourage participants to explore possibilities of finding support for international educational programmes at their home institutions, at international co-operation offices or local foundations. The IUC Secretariat will offer documents needed to facilitate the receipt of the grant.


Four scholarships per course are available for participants from Croatian higher education and scientific institutions taking part in IUC courses (students, professors, scientists).

Generally, one and the same individual may receive one scholarship per year.

Scholarships cover travel expenses within Croatia and half board accommodation during the course period.

Participants arrange the travel themselves and the IUC Secretariat refunds the amount of a paid ticked up to 1000 kn upon arrival.

Accommodation reservations are made by the agency Gulliver or by the IUC Secretariat. Accommodation in the Dormitory or other kind of budget accommodation is requested.

In case of dormitory or private accommodation, meals (breakfast and one meal) are organised by the IUC Secretariat in the nearby restaurant. All expences for meals and accommodation are paid directly to the provider by the IUC Secretariat.

Applications for scholarships are submitted by course directors or interested candidates to the IUC Secretariat. Academic title and status must be stated.

Applications must be submitted at least a month before the beginning of the course.


This grant consists of funds from Inter-University Foundation, established by Prof. Kathy Wilkes and Prof. Bill Newton Smith from Oxford and from University of Bergen anniversary gift to the IUC, presented by Prof. Sigmund Grønmo.

All funds will be used for educational purposes, i.e. for scholarships.

Any additional contribution to this fund is more than welcome. Please contact the IUC Secretariat.


1. Scholarships can be granted to the participants of a certain number of post-graduate courses in the field of humanities and social sciences, chosen from the IUC annual programme.

2. A person can only receive one scholarship in a calendar year.

3. Only one scholarship can be awarded per course.

4. Scholarships are granted to participants from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijani, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Georgia, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

5. Candidates must be PhD students or young faculty members in the field of humanities and social sciences below the age of 40.

6. Evaluation board may invite a candidate to a short Skype interview.

7. In case more applicants with similar credentials apply for the same programme, the preference will be given to the candidate from N African countries.

8. Scholarships cover costs of half board accommodation in Dubrovnik, mostly in the dormitory or the monastery accommodation. The IUC Secretariat does reservations and direct payments of these services. Exceptionally, a limited number of participants from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijani, Belarus, Egypt, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Georgia, Tunisia and Ukraine can receive a partial compensation of travel expenses and the expenses of visa, if necessary.

9. Candidates are submitting their applications for scholarships on a special form to the IUC Secretariat at least one month before the start of a respected course.

For more information click "Further official information" below. 

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