Department of Economics

Dr Sara Stevano

Key information

Department of Economics Senior Lecturer in Economics Doctoral School Convenor
BSc Economics (Turin); MSc Development Economics (London); PhD Economics (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Sara Stevano is a development and feminist political economist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London, after holding teaching and research positions at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and King’s College London.

Her areas of study are the political economy of work, food and nutrition, inequalities and social reproduction. Her work focuses on Africa, with primary research experience in Mozambique and Ghana. Sara is committed to expanding the boundaries of economic research and teaching through interdisciplinary approaches, qualitative methods and micro-macro bridges.

Sara coordinates the IIPPE Social Reproduction Working Group (with Hannah Bargawi) and the ANH Political Economy of Agri-Nutrition Working Group (with Fiorella Picchioni).

Sara is an Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy. She has published in peer reviewed journals, such as Feminist Economics, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Review of International Political Economy, World Development and the Journal of Development Studies.

Research interests

  • Social reproduction
  • Intersecting or co-constituted inequalities, work and employment
  • Food and nutrition
  • Development processes and hierarchies
  • Methodology for political economy

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Wilson Erumebor Structural Transformation, Productivity Growth and Employment in Nigeria.
Lena Gempke Everyday practices of indebtedness: a feminist political economy study of South Africa.
Charles Masili Banda A Socioeconomic Investigation of the Nutrition Transition in Zambia and its implications for Policy.
Emile Pierre Basenda Motanda The Informal Economy and informal firms’ productive efficiency in the DR Congo.
Emile Pierre Basenda Motanda Informality Dynamics and Informal Enterprises Productive Efficiency in the Democratic Republic of Congo