Tue November 21, 2023, 13:00 - 17:00

Discussion session: Sustainability in secondary economics education


The transition to a sustainable society is primarily an economic issue. It is therefore essential that sustainability be given a central place in the economics curriculum. During this meeting we will work on how to shape this.

We take the agricultural transition as an example for the overall transition to a sustainable society. Here we explore the (economic) issues and dilemmas that emerge and the role of economics in this transition. We then link this to education: how can we give sustainability a place in curriculum, so that we prepare students for transitions like this?

We will begin the meeting with a presentation by dr. ir. J.H.M. (Jack) Peerlings, associate professor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group at Wageningen University. Peerlings takes us through the issues and dilemmas facing the agricultural sector regarding agricultural transition. Many of these issues and dilemmas are based on economic considerations and actually belong in the economics program. How can we embroil this in our economics education?

After this presentation we will break up into small groups to engage in the discussion. On the basis of propositions, we will discuss what interpretations for sustainability we see in (economic) education and how we can start the discussion on sustainability in education.

Then Prof. Dr. A.W.A. (Arnoud) Boot, professor of corporate finance and financial markets at the University of Amsterdam, takes us through the connection between economic growth and social effects. We will discuss other ways of thinking about economic progress, where quality is paramount rather than quantity and growth.

This will be followed by a concluding panel discussion focusing on the future of economics education. In addition to Jack Peerlings and Arnoud Boot, Peter Voorend (economics lecturer at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and editor of the Tijdschrift voor het Economisch Onderwijs (Vecon)) and Ton Smakman (vwo lecturer at Regius College) will join the discussion from multiple points of view.

The activity will take place at the Roeterseiland Campus, Building M of the University of Amsterdam. Here you will find all the information about this location.


Tue November 21, 2023, 13:00 - 17:00



Roeterseiland Campus, Building M (University of Amsterdam), room 3.02
Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam


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