A framework for the human rights community to engage effectively with economic policy

Human rights economics

The Human Rights Economics project is an enquiry into what the parameters of Human Rights Economics should be. Its aim is for human rights advocates to have a greater impact on economic policy. And to influence economic thought and policy to build a world where people can live dignified lives within planetary boundaries.

It starts from the observation that many human rights advocates engage with economic policy as a necessary part of their work. Their conceptual frameworks vary, however, as do the human rights-based entry points to economics-related work.

In contrast, feminist approaches have developed a clearly-defined framework for analyzing the economy such that ‘feminist economics’ is now a respected field, applied by policymakers. Similarly, ecologists refer to ‘ecological economics’ to ensure that challenges such as water quality, toxic substances and climate change are tackled in economic thinking.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva Office logoThe Human Rights Economics website gathers research and publications undertaken within the project. The work is led by Caroline Dommen with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

About Caroline Dommen

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Caroline Dommen

Specialist, sustainable development law, policy and practice

Caroline Dommen is interested in the intersection between economics, the environment and human rights, with a particular focus on gender equality. She undertakes research, writing, training and evaluation on international law and policy, for international organisations, academic institutions and NGOs. She also leads local circular economy initiatives.

Caroline is keen to see a redefinition of economic thinking so that it takes better account of social and sustainability concerns, and so that those responsible for economic policies become more accountable for the consequences of those policies.

Caroline Dommen speaking in public with a microphone

Caroline Dommen

Specialises in sustainable development law, policy and practice