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Yuan Yang is a Co-founder and current Lead Organiser of Rethinking Economics, an international network of economics students and citizens seeking to diversify and expand economics education. Yuan’s interest in non-neoclassical economics was piqued by her undergraduate tutors at Balliol College, Oxford, where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She was trained in the community organising paradigm of politics while working on the Living Wage campaign at London Citizens. After graduating, Yuan worked for a year as Vice-President (Women) of the Oxford University Student Union, during the period of higher education funding reviews in the UK. Yuan then went to study an MSc. in Economics at the London School of Economics, and set up the Rethinking Economics network.

Yuan has spent a year at Beijing University, China, improving her Chinese in order to read Chinese economics. She currently works part-time for Rethinking Economics and for Adair Turner at the Institute of New Economic Thinking.

Yuan was born in Ningbo, China, and grew up in Yorkshire, UK; she now lives in London.

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Reviving Debate In Economics: Motivations and Methods of the International Student Movement

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2015

In the past three years, students around the world have turned the heat of scrutiny onto our economics departments. Our call is strikingly uniform across our diverse cultures and languages: we want critical debate back in the economics curriculum.