SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Dr Sara Stevano

BSc Economics (Turin); MSc Development Economics (London); PhD Economics (London)
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Sara Stevano
Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Feminist Political Economy and Development

Research Cluster Member

Centre of African Studies


Dr Sara Stevano
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Sara Stevano is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics. She is a development and feminist political economist specialising in the study of the political economy of work, well-being (food and nutrition), households and development policy. Working at the intersections between political economy, development economics, feminist economics and anthropology, Sara takes an interdisciplinary approach to theories and methods. Her work focuses on Africa, with primary research experience in Mozambique and Ghana.

Sara is an Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy; she is currently a Co-Investigator on the ESCR Rebuilding Macroeconomics project on ‘Opening the Black-Box of the Household in Macroeconomic Policy’ and is working on a textbook on Feminist Political Economy: A Global Perspective in collaboration with Prof Sara Cantillon.

Sara is a member of three research clusters in the department: Feminist Political Economy and Development, Food Nutrition and Health in Development and International Financial Institutions,Neoliberalism and Knowledge.

Sara was trained in Economics at SOAS University of London (MSc, PhD) and worked as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol as well as a Research Associate at King’s College London.




Sara’s research explores how gender, class and race relations shape the organisation of paid and unpaid work and the associated well-being outcomes. Contextualising the everyday life of households in the global political economy, she is interested in bridging micro-macro divides and unpacking global-local relations. Sara takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by development economics, feminist political economy and anthropology.

Her research includes the study of the relationship between women’s work, food and household dynamics in Mozambique, of gendered time allocation in agriculture and nutrition in the Global South, of the political economy of food consumption in Ghana, of employment in the agro-industry in Mozambique and of households in the macroeconomy.


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Stevano, Sara (2021) 'The Workplace at the Bottom of Global Supply Chains as a Site of Reproduction of Colonial Relations: Reflections on the Cashew-Processing Industry in Mozambique'. Gender, Work and Organization. [Forthcoming]

Mezzadri, Alessandra and Newman, Susan and Stevano, Sara (2021) 'Feminist global political economies of work and social reproduction'. Review of International Political Economy. [Forthcoming]

Stevano, Sara and Franz, Tobias and Dafermos, Yannis and Van Waeyenberge, Elisa (2021) 'COVID-19 and Crises of Capitalism: Intensifying Inequalities and Global Responses'. Canadian Journal of Development Studies /Revue canadienne d’études du développement, (42) 1/2, pp 1-17.

Stevano, Sara (2021) 'Classes of Working Women in Mozambique: An Integrated Framework to Understand Working Lives'. Review of International Political Economy. [Forthcoming]

Stevano, Sara and Mezzadri, Alessandra and Lombardozzi, Lorena and Bargawi, Hannah (2021) 'Hidden Abodes in Plain Sight: The Social Reproduction of Households and Labour in the COVID-19 pandemic'. Feminist Economics, (27) 1/2, pp 271-287.

Stevano, Sara and Ali, Rosimina and Jamieson, Merle (2021) 'Essential for what? A global social reproduction view on the re-organisation of work during the COVID-19 pandemic'. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, (42) 1/2, pp 178-199.

Stevano, Sara and Johnston, Deborah and Codjoe, Emmanuel (2020) 'Better decisions for food security? Critical reflections on the economics of food choice and decision-making in development economics'. Cambridge Journal of Economics, (44) 4, pp 813-833.

Stevano, Sara (2020) 'Small Development Questions are Important, but They Require Big Answers'. World Development, (127) 104826, pp 104826.

Stevano, Sara and Johnston, Deborah and Codjoe, Emmanuel Ashiedu (2019) 'The Urban Food Question in the Context of Inequality and Dietary Change: A Study of Schoolchildren in Accra'. Journal of Development Studies, (56) 6, pp 1177-1189.

Stevano, Sara (2019) 'The limits of instrumentalism: Informal work and gendered cycles of food insecurity in Mozambique'. Journal of Development Studies, (55) 1, pp 83-98.

Stevano, Sara and Kadiyala, Suneetha and Johnston, Deborah and Malapit, Hazel and Hull, Elizabeth and Kalamatianou, Sofia (2019) 'Time-Use Analytics: An Improved Way of Understanding Gendered Agriculture-Nutrition Pathways'. Feminist Economics, (25) 3, pp 1-22.

Deane, Kevin and Stevano, Sara and Johnston, Deborah (2018) 'Employers’ responses to the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa: Revisiting the evidence'. Development Policy Review, (37) 2, pp 245-259.

Johnston, Deborah and Stevano, Sara and Malapit, Hazel J and Hull, Elizabeth and Kadiyala, Suneetha (2018) 'Review: Time Use as an Explanation for the Agri-Nutrition Disconnect? Evidence from Rural Areas in Low and Middle Income Countries'. Food Policy, (76), pp 8-18.

Deane, Kevin and Stevano, Sara (2016) 'Towards a political economy of the use of research assistants: Reflections from fieldwork in Tanzania and Mozambique'. Qualitative Research, (16) 2, pp 213-228.

Stevano, Sara (2014) 'Non abbiamo né soldi né tempo per fare colazione: Riflessioni sulla vulnerabilitá alimentare nel Nord del Mozambico'. Afriche e Orienti, (3).

Harris, J and Bruce, M and Cavatorta, Elisa and Cornelsen, L and Haesler, B and Green, R and Morgan, E. H. and Stevano, Sara and Walls, Helen and Cunninghan, K (2013) '3rd Annual Conference of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), Developing methods in agriculture and health research, London, 13-14 June 2013'. Food Security, (5) 6, pp 887-894.

Edited Books or Journals

Mezzadri, Alessandra and Newman, Susan and Stevano, Sara, (eds.), (2021) Feminist global political economies of work and social reproduction. Review of International Political Economy: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. [Forthcoming]

Book Chapters

Stevano, Sara (2021) 'Marx and the Poor's Nourishment: Diets in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa'. In: Mezzadri, Alessandra, (ed.), Marx in the Field. London: Anthem Press.

Stevano, Sara and Deane, Kevin (2019) 'The Role of Research Assistants in Qualitative and Cross-Cultural Social Sciences Research'. In: Liamputtong, P, (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Singapore: Springer.

Stevano, Sara (2018) 'Food Politics'. In: Sbaiti, Mariam, (ed.), Global Health at a Glance. Wiley Press. [Forthcoming]

Stevano, Sara (2015) 'Women Processing Cashew Nut: Reflections on Work, Investment and Gender in the Province of Cabo Delgado.'. In: Castel-Branco, C. N. and Massingue, N. and Muianga, C., (eds.), Questions on productive development in Mozambique : background papers for the Danida project, 'Advocacy and Research for Private-Sector Business Development Programme' (PSBDP 2011-2015), coordinated by the Business Environment Fund (FAN). Maputo, Mozambique: IESE, pp 232-250.

Stevano, Sara (2013) 'Mulheres no Processamento da Castanha de Caju: Reflexões sobre as Sociedades Agrárias, Trabalho e Género na Província de Cabo Delgado’'. Desafios para Moçambique 2013. Maputo: IESE (Instiuto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos).

Monographs and Working Papers

Stevano, Sara and Ali, Rosimina and Jamieson, Merle (2021) Essential Work: Using A Social Reproduction Lens to Investigate the Re-Organisation of Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic. London: SOAS Department of Economics Working Paper No. 241.

Ali, Rosimina and Stevano, Sara (2019) Work in the Agro-industry, Livelihoods and Social Reproduction in Mozambique: Beyond Job Creation. Maputo, Mozambique: .

Hunt, Abigail and Samman, Emma and Tapfuma, Sherry and Mwaura, Grace and Omenya, Rhoda and Kim, Kay and Stevano, Sara and Roumer, Aida (2019) Women in the gig economy: paid work, care and flexibility in Kenya and South Africa.. London: .

Stevano, Sara and Ali, Rosimina (2019) Working in the Agro-Industry in Mozambique: Can These Jobs Lift Workers Out of Poverty?. Maputo, Mozambique: Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos.

Johnston, Deborah and Stevano, Sara and Malapit, Hazel and Hull, Elizabeth and Kadiyala, Suneetha (2015) Agriculture, Gendered Time Use, and Nutritional Outcomes: A Systematic Review. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Book Reviews

Stevano, Sara (2019) 'Review of 'Economic Woman. Gender Inequality in the Age of Capital' by Frances Raday'. Economic Issues, (24) 2, pp 90-92.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Stevano, Sara and Pérez Niño, Helena (2021) Insurgency in Cabo Delgado: capitalist penetration in the periphery of the periphery.

Newman, Susan and Stevano, Sara (2020) The latest significant step in the UK’s development agenda.

Marzagora, Sara and Stevano, Sara (2020) 'We are the University!' Reflections on the 2020 strike of UK university workers.

Stevano, Sara (2020) 'Gig economies' in Africa: Continuity or Change?.

Stevano, Sara (2019) The randomistas won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. Will they also win the debate on development economics?.

Stevano, Sara (2019) Food Habits of Kids in Ghana Show How Unhealthy Diets Take Root.

Stevano, Sara (2018) Social Reproduction and Women’s Work in the Global South.

Stevano, Sara (2015) It is time: Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways.


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