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Regenerative Economics

Key Info

  • Low-Residency Programme
  • Applications open for a September 2021 start
  • Online only pathway available

Pathways to a Regenerative, Ecological Economics

MA Regenerative Economics challenges and offers alternative perspectives to mainstream economics programmes by looking through the lens of ecology as if both people and planet mattered equally. 

The programme adopts an interrogative approach, exploring diverse global economic philosophies and models. The low-residency structure of this programme enables professionals to combine work and study.

This course is at the forefront of new economic thinking, drawing upon diverse disciplines including psychology, anthropology and living system design.

Graduates from this programme will come away with a refined understanding of economics together with tools, methodologies and communication skills to incorporate into their work.

Applications are open for a September 2021 start. Click below to apply online (form opens in new window/tab).
Deadline for applications, second round: 1 July 2021*


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This programme explores alternative economic models, many of which were once considered marginal but could now help us radically rethink our existing economic systems. What changes are needed to make our societies more resilient in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and our reliance on fossil fuels and to address financial instability, food insecurity and poverty?

In recent years we have seen huge political and social upheaval around the globe, bringing our societies to a critical point which now calls for a new way of economic thinking. Schumacher College has developed a reputation for pioneering radical new thinking, attracting leading international teachers, practitioners and activists. Our economics programme has inspired and supported numerous organisations and people in their endeavours to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.

We continue to maintain our partnership with the Business School at the University of Plymouth.

Hosted by highly respected radical economists and complemented by an international visiting faculty of teachers and practitioners, this programme offers the opportunity to join those at the forefront of new ecological, economic thinking.


On this course you will:

  • develop an understanding of how living system design principles can be applied in the socio-economic realm – in short how we can ecologise economy rather than economising ecology
  • co-create theoretical principles for a new approach to economics – exploring what a post-growth economy might look like and charting pathways to get there
  • work alongside new economy pioneers in the creation and refinement of qualitatively new, mission-based enterprises and other economic structures
  • develop the capacity to communicate complex ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • explore new economic systems and behaviours not just in abstract theory, but as an engaged participant using head, heart and hands
  • enhance your skills as a researcher in the domain of new economics

Graduates leave to work in

  • Start-ups and local enterprises
  • Community organisations
  • NGOs: especially those tackling climate emergency
  • Ethical Business: making systems more sustainable and socially just
  • Economics: analysing how markets responds to various stressors
  • Education: teaching in a multi-disciplinary setting

This programme can be taken full-time or part-time with either a low-residency or online pathway.

*We are working to accommodate as many students as is right for our programmes and will begin interviewing and making offers very soon. Applicants who applied before our initial preferred deadline will be given priority. In the meantime though, in recognition of the complexity of the global situation and the difficult decisions posed to many prospective students by the pandemic, we’re extending our application deadline as above.

Watch: What to expect from the Regenerative Economics programme

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Regenerative Economics

Click below to apply for this course online(form opens in new window/tab).
Deadline for applications: 1 July 2021

We are working to accommodate as many students as is right for our programmes and will begin interviewing and making offers very soon. Applicants who applied before our initial preferred deadline will be given priority. In the meantime though, in recognition of the complexity of the global situation and the difficult decisions posed to many prospective students by the pandemic, we’re extending our application deadline as above.


Click here to download a checklist to help you with your application (pdf).

Additional Documentation in Support of your Application

After you have submitted your application, please send all necessary supporting information listed below as soon as possible to allow us to process your application. As our staff are mostly working from home at present, please send scanned copies or electronic versions of the below to:


1) Certificate(s) or transcript(s) of first degree or equivalent qualifications: these can be Original or certified copies:

Photocopies MUST be certified by a public notary or solicitor (with contact details provided for them).

Any documents that are not in English MUST be accompanied by a full translation then certified by a public notary or solicitor. All translations must be accompanied by the certificate or transcript in the original language.

Important notes for students requiring a Student Visa

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will only accept original copies of your documents during the visa application process. We are happy to accept originals, but it is safer to post certified photocopies which meet the above guidelines. Please bring the originals with you to enrolment if offered a place.

UKVI also require a full translation of any documents that are not in English.

Schumacher College is licensed under Dartington Hall Trust as a Student Visa Sponsor. To comply with our sponsorship duties, we are required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements. We will look at previous studies in the UK and other aspects outlined in UKVI guidance for sponsors. Information you provide on your application form will be passed on to the UKVI once you have been offered a place and Schumacher College agrees to sponsor you. 

2) A recent passport-size photograph

3) A copy of the front cover and information page of your current passport (inform us immediately if you get a new passport before you come to the UK to study).

4) A copy of any previous or current UK visa.

Translations of documents which are not in English

The original translation must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator/translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of the translation
  • the translator/an authorised official of the translation company’s full name and signature, and
  • the translator/translation company’s contact details.

Documentary requirements for Student Visa applicants can be found here. Please read the Guidance and Appendix at the bottom of the page.  

Programme Structure

MA Regenerative Economics is a low-residency programme with 4 x credit modules and 1 x 60 Dissertation or Final Project module.

This MA programme consist of 5 modules (4 taught and 1 dissertation module).  If you are taking the residential option, the first 2 weeks of each taught module are timetabled teaching periods, where you must live on site (or nearby) and participate in the learning community.  So there are 4 two-week periods, spread across 7 months.

The remaining 4 months are the dissertation research and writing period. You may choose to return home for the duration of the dissertation, and will no longer be sponsored by us for your Tier 4 visa.
Outside of the two-week periods, international students (only) may request accommodation and full board onsite at Dartington for terms 1 and 2: this would require you to participate in the learning community activities. Alternatively you can opt to live nearby or anywhere in the UK and travel to and from Dartington when required. We now also offer a fully online pathway.

We have a limited number of residential places available for international students. Apply as early as possible and select the accommodation option on the application form.

Students can take the course full-time over one year (UK, EU or international students), or part time over 24 months (UK students only).

Part-time students would gain their 180 M credits as follows:

Part-time pathway 1 (24 months): Students complete the core theoretical modules in Academic Year 1, and the core studio modules and dissertation in Academic Year 2 for the full masters, or the core theoretical modules in Academic Year 1, and the core studio modules in Academic Year 2 for the PG Diploma.

Module One: Ecology and Economy (30 credits)

In the first week of the module, strong emphasis will be placed on the creation of the learning community and the development of personal and group inquiry practices. Introductory sessions will be held on the key areas of holistic science to be covered in more depth during the home study period along with initial individual and group enquiries into how these may translate into the socio-economic sphere.

Module Two: Beyond Growth (30 credits)

We will provide an overview of both the history of economic thought and of heterodox approaches to the discipline from various traditions. An introductory overview will be provided to the growth dynamics within our current economic deign. Sessions will be given on future scenarios planning.

Module Three: Regenerative Enterprise (30 credits)

Teaching during this module will be focused on identifying research projects on which students will work collaboratively during the remainder of this module. It is likely that some of these projects will emerge from initiatives in which the students are already engaged and others will be proposed and co-created by college faculty. We will also look at presentations on relevant new economy case study materials from around the world as well as introductions to relevant research orientations and methodologies.

Module Four: Changing The Frame (30 credits)

You will begin with an introduction to the psychological and neuroscientific foundations of our cognitive processes. The power of verbal and visual metaphors and narrative frames will be explored with case study reference to both effective an ineffective communication strategies. Special emphasis will be laid on the use of language to radically change individual, group and societal understanding at an ontological level. 

Dissertation (60 credits)

The dissertation enables students to pursue a Regenerative Economics project of their own interest, or an academic essay interrogating the further evolution of Regenerative Economics theory and practice.

Term Dates – Academic Year 2021 - 2022

Autumn Term: Monday 13 September - Friday 17 December 2021
Winter Term: Monday 10 January - Friday 1 April 2022
Spring Term: Monday 25 April - Friday 1 July 2022
Dissertation Deadline: mid-August 2022

Contact us for details of part-time programme patterns and deadlines.

Residential Dates

14–17 September 2021: Welcome Week (at Schumacher College)
20 September–1 October 2021: Module 1 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
8–19 November 2021: Module 2 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College or online)
10–21 January 2022: Module 3 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)
28 February–11 March 2022: Module 4 (Residential Weeks at Schumacher College)

Jonathan Dawson, Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

Jonathan is a sustainability educator and a former President of the Global Ecovillage Network, He has around 20 years' experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia and before joining the College he was a long-term resident at the Findhorn ecovillage.

Jay Tompt, Lecturer

Jay is a co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project, an associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University as well as a regular teacher on our postrgraduate economics programmes. He co-developed the Transition Network REconomy Project’s Local Economic Blueprint course and handbook, co-founded the REconomy Centre, and developed the Local Entrepreneur Forum model. He has worked with groups in many communities picking up these models. He has also developed a course on ‘Citizen-led Economics’, as well as led workshops and given talks in Europe, USA and Japan.

Tony Greenham

Tony Greenham has combined a career in financial services and sustainable business with policy research and advocacy for financial system reform. He lead programmes on economic transformation at the New Economics Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts and has been a regular visiting teacher at Schumacher College since the inception of the MA Regenerative Economics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and member of the Financing A Just Transition Alliance. Tony is co-author of a number of new economics books and reports including “Where Does Money Come From?”, “People Powered Prosperity”, “The Financial System Resilience Index” and “Building a Public Culture of Economics: Final Report of the RSA Citizens' Economic Council”.

Ashish Kothari

Founder-member, Kalpavriksh; member, many people’s movements. Taught, Indian Institute of Public Administration; coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plan, served on boards of Greenpeace International & India, ICCA Consortium.

Helps coordinate Vikalp Sangam, Global Tapestry of Alternatives, & Radical Ecological Democracy. Co-author/co-editor, Churning the Earth, Alternative Futures, and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary.

Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College. Schor’s research focuses on work, consumption, and climate change. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years. In 2020 she published After the Gig: how the sharing economy got hijacked and how to win it back University of California Press in 2020, which won the Porchlight Management and Workplace Culture Book of the Year. Schor’s previous books include the national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998 and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy. Schor received the Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics in 2011 and. the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought in 2006. Currently, Schor is continuing her research on the gig economy and beginning work to study the impacts of four day workweeks. \ She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Better Future Project, a climate activist organization. Schor can be found @JulietSchor.

Jason Hickel

Dr. Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. He serves on the Statistical Advisory Panel for the UN Human Development Report 2020, the advisory board of the Green New Deal for Europe, and on the Harvard-Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice. Jason's research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics, which are the subjects of his two most recent books: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions (Penguin, 2017), and Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World (Penguin, 2020).

Indra Adnan

INDRA ADNAN is Founder and Co-initiator of The Alternative UK political platform which publishes The Daily Alternative, convenes new system actors and builds cosmolocal community agency networks (CANs). Indra is concurrently a psychosocial therapist, journalist and author. Through her work on international relations and soft power she has consulted to the World Economic Forum, Indian and Danish governments, NATO, the Scottish Executive and the Institute of Contemporary Arts amongst others. She is Co-Lead in the social enterprise network Bounce Beyond working to cohere the next global economies. Her book The Politics of Waking Up: Power & Possibility In The Fractal Age will be published by Perspectiva Press in May 2021.

Lúcio Costa Proença (Brazil)

I've been an environmental analyst in the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since 2012, one year after obtaining my degree as a sanitary and environmental engineer. The complexity of the challenges inherent to environmental policy on the national level fascinates me and invites for ever deeper and more holistic understandings of how we organise and what we aim as a society. This quest lead me to the MA in Economics for Transition in 2018-19.

The MA brought me the opportunity to enquire on the nature of what we call "the economy", through exciting hetherodox lenses such as systems thinking, deep ecology and phenomenology, immersed in a vibrant and loving learning community. It opened up new possibilities of making sense of the world's challenges and the role that public policy can play in the transition towards a regenerative society. I'm currently dedicating to raise awereness about the limitations of the neoliberal and growth-dependent economic narrative in enviromental policy, and hope to nurture space for policy designs based on broader goals such as resilience and ecological well-being.

anatAnat Haas

After leaving Schumacher College, Anat (MA Economics for Transition, 2016-2017) worked for IACC (Israel Association for Community Centers), where she guided community centres in supporting community initiatives, and co-created public services with the community itself.

She says: "Thanks to Covid-19, I had no job to come back to from my maternity leave, and I had to redefine myself. Now I'm an independent practitioner, and involved in several projects. I support an establishment of a local coin in several municipalities in our area in partnership with an Israeli platform, and I work in a Bedouin city called Rahat, developing a program to assimilate sustainability principles as part of the core values in different sectors (education, community, city planning etc.). Finally, I'm leading on a project with a rural council that wants to align all its economic activity with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Nicholas Nicholas Bekart

Nicholas has been working to develop La Ferme de Froidfontaine in Belgium. The Full of Life Farm – a collective to support human-scale farmers and craftsmen to settle. It provides access to land and infrastructure, financial structuring, access to funding and a range of back-office services.

There are currently eight entrepreneurs at the farm but the aim is that it will become a place of economic, social and natural diversity for up to 20 projects.

“Go to Schumacher College if you feel the calling. You will learn to know yourself a little better, and thus what you need or want.”

nickNick Loosely

Nick Loosely is the Founder and General Manager of multi-award winning Charity Everybody Eats in New Zealand. Everybody Eats is a not-for-profit, pay-as-you-feel dining concept, taking food that would otherwise go to waste and turning it into restaurant quality meals. Customers can pay whatever they like, even if it's nothing, for nutritious and freshly prepared food. The company aims to be part of solving three huge problems in NZ: food waste, food poverty, and social isolation. 

The pay-as-you-feel model is inclusive; it allows people who can afford to pay for a meal to do so, and perhaps contribute to future meals, while giving more vulnerable people an opportunity to enjoy a dignified experience without feeling any guilt or stigma. Everybody Eats now has weekly pop-up restaurants in Auckland City, Papamoa and Wellington, as well as a permanent restaurant in Onehunga. Nick is also a winner of the Kiwibank New Zealander of The Year, Local Hero Award.

Rob ShorterRob Shorter

Rob had been working for supermarket chain the Co-operative Group in Manchester in its shopper and market insight and strategy team before coming to the College. Following this, he worked on a project with Amnesty International to help them develop their UK Youth Strategy - a project that utilised the Imagination Framework he designed as part of his dissertation on ‘Imagination in Economics’ whilst at Schumacher College.

He now works as Communities Lead for Kate Raworth and her team at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab in Oxford.

“The people, place and foundational practices that make up Schumacher College are extraordinary and its impact on me goes far beyond academic learning."

DellaDella Duncan

Della Duncan (class of 2015) has bloomed into a full-flowering Renegade Economist (title inspired by the great Kate Raworth). She founded the Upstream Podcast while she was a student at Schumacher College (her first radio documentary was actually a class assignment!). She supports individuals working to better align their values with their work as a by-donation Right Livelihood Coach and organizations intending to integrate regenerative economics principles as an Alternative Economics Consultant. This year, she also became an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and next year she will be coming out with a book about how to tackle inequality in Silicon Valley. She lives in a cabin at the edge of the forest in the Santa Cruz mountains of California and thinks fondly of the footpaths behind the college as she walks through the redwoods.

Yannick BeaudoinYannick Beaudoin

Yannick is Director-General for Ontario and Northern Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation. He brings a ‘new economics for transition’ lens to the organization to enable the transformation of Canada towards social and ecological sustainability. Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of GRID-Arendal, a center collaborating with the United Nations, located in Norway. From circular economy to the SDGs, he has worked to enable placed-based sustainability approaches all over the world. He applies an art of change and participatory social processes to a variety of themes that include: adaptation to uncertain climate futures; embedding of local, traditional and indigenous knowledge in policy-, decision- and choice-making; promoting a transition to a sustainable relationship between society and Nature. Activities involve working with governments, local communities, industry, academia and other actors to design societal systems, processes and approaches that increase human well-being while preserving and enhancing Nature.

Most recently, Yannick has been facilitating conversations with decision makers across Canada, highlighting various examples of beyond-GDP economics. Yannick holds a Phd in Marine Geology from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College/University of Plymouth in the UK.

ShoSho Takano

Sho has been leading community development projects in his hometown of Fukui, Japan, focusing on building people’s capability. One example is the 'Can Do Festival' - a participatory festival aiming to revive popular public projects that were canceled or cut because of heavy snowfall in Fukui.

Sho says: "Our citizens aim to re-think this crisis as a chance to come together. 'Can Do Festival' has played a platform role for all people in Fukui to champion community development and to drive a better future society".

Francisco Grau Francisco Grau

Francisco Grau (MA Economics for Transition, 2015-2016) is working on is - a platform that facilitates the restoration of degraded land into productive food forests through a network of purpose driven organizations that grow, process and distribute forest products to eco ethical markets. Currently, they are working on feasibility studies and governance architecture, and will be fundraising very soon. Their goal is to have acquired land and kickstarted the first model farm by 2021. By 2025, they expect to have transformed over 1000ha of land and to be in the process of establishing five more Nangu Villages in Costa Rica and abroad.

Francisco says: "I was a 'sustainability practitioner' many years before I joined Schumacher, leading an ecological market called I thought I was well informed of the ecological challenges and potential solutions out there. After a year in Schumacher I realized how little I knew and my worldview was profoundly enriched. I wholeheartedly recommend the program to fellow change makers and leaders."

yuv salYuv Sal

Yuv says: "I have been very fortunate that, since Schumacher, my path has led me to a range of positions. I'm founding partner and director of research at Value Squared - an impact investment firm - Israel's first which incorporates responsible investing. I'm also establishing and leading the strategic planning and economic development department at the 'Western-Negev Cluster' - a cluster of 10 municipalities - consisting of 200 thousand people across 2 million square meters.

"I'm a monetary adviser for Kora - a start-up company issuing a complementary currency which rewards sustainable behavior. And finally, I'm involved in giving lecturing and workshops about sustainable economics and complex systems, in academic institutions, think tanks, hubs, private and public sector organizations and more.

Ying Liang Ying Liang

Ying Liang is the co-founder of Schumi Learning Garden (SLG) in Zhongshan, southern China, in a traditional village at the foot of Wugui Mountain. SLG, born in 2018, is a transformative educational enterprise/a rural experiment/a living community inspired by Schumacher College whose mission is to facilitate personal transformation and societal transition. They believe education ultimately is about cultivating a dojo, a field, where people can be alive fully, see the beauty within all existences, and experience personal transformation before they go out and create the world where they want to dwell.

More excitingly, SLG is growing into an eco-village with more and more people settling down and developing their right livelihood. New initiatives include an organic herbal farm, a bakery/cafe, a wood workshop, a natural dye workshop, a few guesthouses, etc.

Ying also has a master degree in Peace Studies from University of Notre Dame. Besides running SLG, she is also an interpreter and consultant for community development organisations. If you ask her what is the most important gift she received from the college, she will say: “the will to protect and faith in creation”.

ChrisChris Tittle

Chris is a facilitator, organizer, and attorney focused on land and housing justice, participatory governance, and co-creating post capitalist / post white supremacist futures. He is Director of Land and Housing Justice at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a democratically-run nonprofit supporting communities to create and control their own sustainable sources of land, labor, and capital. At the Law Center, he co-leads or contributes to the Law Center’s Housing, Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits, Farmland, and Money & Finance Programs.

Qualification(s) required for entry to the MA

BA/BSc (Honours) Degree A first degree
Where the first degree is not a 2.1, or in an unrelated subject, further support of the application or experience may be required.

Other non-standard awards or experience
A willingness engage with the field of Movement, Mind and Ecology. Candidates will be considered with prior credited learning and prior experiences subject to interview.* Candidates will be considered with appropriate APL (UoP Regs) subject to interview.

Interview requirements
All applicants are required to attend an interview, either at the College or online. During the interview we will look for: evidence of intellectual clarity during interview; a clearly formulated purpose for taking the course; focused interests and a clear understanding of the ethos and philosophy of the College; readiness and ability to live and work in a communal setting.

* For further information please contact our admissions team

All our low-residency degree programmes are available as online only pathways from June 2021 onwards. Following a year of successful online and hybrid delivery, we have now developed an online distance learning model that allows you to attain your postgraduate qualification even if you are unable to physically travel to Dartington. The online pathway joins existing modes of studying with us, such as the residential pathway (two weeks on site per module) and a hybrid pathway that allows you to combine online and on site learning to suite your circumstances. (Please note that international students taking online only pathways do not need to apply for a Student Visa.)