Conference Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue

Call for Papers

The Institute for Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE) and the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO) organize the conference ‘Driven by Hope: Economics and Theology in Dialogue’. We invite academic submissions from different disciplines regarding this topic. Selected papers will be published in the series Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics (Peeters Publications). The registration fee is € 75 and includes coffee breaks, two lunches and conference material (dinner and accommodation not included).


Conference: February 24th–25th, 2017

Deadline for proposals: December 15th, 2016


The Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF) in Leuven, Belgium

Keynote speakers

  • Prof. Luigino Bruni, Lumsa Università (Rome)
  • Prof. Patrick Nullens, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Leuven)
  • Prof. Lans Bovenberg, Tilburg University


The significance of hope in general and the interplay in theology, philosophy, psychology and economics in particular. For example:


  • Theology and economics
  • Hope in biblical studies and theology


  • Justice and hope
  • The role of ‘hope’ in the capabilities approach

Happiness economics

  • Hope and happiness
  • Hope as incentive in the economy

Psychology & Methodology

  • Hope and positive psychology (in organizations, business...).
  • Measuring hope: challenges and options

More information

For more information, download the brochure.