SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Economic Inequality and Gender Inequality

Professor Diane Elson

Date: 21 February 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 21 February 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar

Economic inequality is now of major concern to both mainstream and heterodox economists.  Gender inequality has always been of major concern to feminist economists, but is often ignored by both mainstream and heterodox economists. This talk will explore the intersections between these two aspects of inequality and discuss what difference it makes if gender is brought  into analysis of economic inequality.

Professor Diane Elson is a groundbreaking feminist critic of development and a unique figure in the history of development theory and practice. She is known internationally for her research on gender inequality and economic policy, and a chapter on her work is included in Fifty Key Thinkers on Development (Routledge, 2006). She is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at Essex, a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy and adviser to UN Women. She has also served as adviser to ILO, IMF, Oxfam and ActionAid, and as vice-president of the International Association for Feminist Economics and Chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group. In 2016 she was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She has published widely, including articles in World Development, Journal of InternationalDevelopment, Feminist Economics, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and International Review of Applied Economics. Her early books include Value: TheRepresentation of Labour in Capitalism (CSE Books, 1979), which was reissued in 2015 by Verso, and Male Bias in the DevelopmentProcess (Manchester University Press, 1991, 1995). More recently she has co-edited and contributed chapters to Feminist Economics of Trade (Routledge, 2007), Questioning Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective (Routledge, 2011), Economic Policy and Human Rights Obligations (Zed Books, 2011), Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy (Sage, 2011), Human Rights and the CapabilitiesApproach (Routledge, 2012) and Rethinking  Economic Policy for Social Justice: The Radical Potential of Human Rights (Routledge, 2016).


Organiser: Dr Feyzi Ismail and Professor Alfredo Saad Filho

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