South Africa (Hybrid)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 1-2 days per month on average
Job description

Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network of students, academics and professionals building better economics in society and the classroom. Our vision is of economies which serve people and the planet. Our purpose is to build a diverse movement of people who challenge, interrogate and renew the practice, teaching and application of economics. 

What We’re Looking For

RE started as a student movement in 2012 and has since grown to become a registered UK charity (Charity no. 1158972) with a ten-person staff team based in Manchester and beyond. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support more than 100 student groups in 25 countries across the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world. Over the next year we will be releasing a book on the lack of diversity in economics and working with our partners to grow the diversifying and decolonising economics movement.

We’ve achieved a lot as a young movement and we know that there is much more to do. We are looking for new trustees who can bring finance, HR, legal or generalist experience to our Board. We are seeking general trustees, as well as a Chair and Treasurer. Ideally candidates will have some third-sector/not-for-profit experience whilst demonstrating a strong understanding and commitment of/ to the aims of Rethinking Economics. Relevant experience in higher education, economics or movement building is also highly valued.

Rethinking Economics is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this, including training, buddying and listening to you about what might help.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from People of Colour; those in the Global South; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past. 

If you would like a conversation with one of our existing board or staff members before you apply, please contact recruitment [at] rethinkeconomics [dot] org


Some of our Highlights

Just a few of our highlights include featuring in the film Boom Bust Boom (now on Netflix), publishing 'The Econocracy', outlining our vision for economics, a pluralist economics textbook 'The Rethinking Reader' with Routledge aand we have an upcoming Reclaiming Economics for Future Generations book which will be launched in 2022.. We organised the Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh in 2017 along with INET's Young Scholars Initiative and Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik. Across the world we have held conferences that have brought together students, academics and the general public including the Rethinking Economics for Africa group who have delivered two excellent festivals of economics, including topics such as decolonising economics.

Our campaigning has achieved  change. The University of Cambridge has introduced a new module on the history of economic thought and philosophy of economics, and other universities including Greenwich, Goldsmiths and Kingston have gone even further, fully reforming their curricula and introducing new degree programmes. Many universities and institutions no longer debate ‘if’ we should change economics but ‘how’. We are frequently invited to input into discussions within campaigning circles but also in institutions like the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bank of England. 


The Trustee Board

Whilst we remain a student-powered network, our board of trustees retain ultimate legal responsibility for all aspects of the charity and therefore must ensure all our activities further RE’s charitable purpose and retain effective oversight and scrutiny. Becoming a RE Trustee is an exciting opportunity to provide guidance, support and oversight to an international student movement and ensure that its work is sustainable and effective in the future.

To serve on the board you must be able to attend quarterly trustee meetings (either in person or by video-conferencing, meetings alternate between London and Manchester), read detailed papers and policy documents, act as a personal mentor to a member of staff and serve on a board subcommittee. Roles are non-remunerated and require 1-2 days commitment a month. Please note that this role is unpaid but all expenses e.g. travel, will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy.

Statutory Duties

  • To ensure that Rethinking Economics complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation;

  • To ensure that Rethinking Economics pursues its charitable purpose as defined in governing documents;

  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ integral role (in collaboration with staff and student organisers) in setting the strategic direction of the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

  • To safeguard the good name and values of Rethinking Economics;

  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Rethinking Economics;

  • To ensure the financial stability of Rethinking Economics;

  • To support the Co-Directors and wider staff team. 

We have three specific role descriptions for Chair, Treasurer and General Trustee which are available in full on our website.



Refreshed on: 15 February 2022
Closed date: 07 March 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Trustees, Governance

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