The diverse research activities carried out in the Human Economy Project focus on the economic practices that people on the
ground perform in their everyday life, and the interactions between these actions and larger-scale political and economic
structures and institutions. This article provides some partial reflections on what we mean by ‘human economy’. It will discuss
some aspects of this approach that have influenced project members, including an ethnographic orientation, historical analysis
and comparison across cases. Human economy research often cuts across geographic and theoretical scales. Many project
members aim to move beyond the analytical distinction between local and global, and towards a conceptualisation of the
economy as a Maussian ‘total social fact’. Finally, the knowledge produced within the project has the potential to help
individuals and social groups in building a better world for all who live in it.