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Professor Diane Elson

Telephone01206 873539

I came to Essex in 2000 from a Chair in Development Studies at Manchester University, via two years in New York working for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). My current research and teaching interests are in global social change and the realisation of human rights with a particular focus on gender inequality and economic and social rights. I am a  member of the Human Rights Centre.


Diane Elson, with Dr Devaki Jain, H.E. Zanele Mbeki and Dr Winnie Byanyima, at a UNDP Expert Group Meeting on Gender Equality, Poverty and Economic Growth, Wivenhoe House Hotel, 21st June 2007.

In 2006, I was named as one of fifty key thinkers on Development in a book, see D. Simm (ed). Fifty Key Thinkers in Development, Routledge, London.


BA (Oxford) PhD (Manchester)

Teaching responsibilities

Current PhD Students:


  • Noor Ahmad, 'Gender Mainstreaming in Malaysia'
  • Funda Karaphelivan, 'Neo-liberal Policies and the Right to Education in Turkey'
  • Pui Yim Ada Lai, 'Migration & Gender among the minority Miao people in China'
  • Eunna Lee, 'An invesigation of human rights and poverty in South Korea'
  • Ju-Young Lee, 'Economic Crisis, Women & Employment, and the State: the case of South Korea'
  • M-J Moreno Ruiz, 'Paid Domestic Work in Mexico'
  • Latang Sechele, 'Youth Unemployment and Self-Employment in Botswana'
  • Completed PhD's (since 2000):

Anastasia Frantzesk, 'Women's Movement in Greece, 1974-1990.


Publications Since 2000:


*Norton, A. and Elson, D. (2002) What's Behind the Budget? Politics, Rights and Accountability in the Budget Process,(pp.1-54) Overseas Development Institute, London.

Elson, D. ( 2002) 'Gender Responsive Budget Initiatives: Key Dimensions and Practical Examples '(pp.15-29) in UNIFEM, Gender Budget Initiatives , UNIFEM, New York.

*Elson, D. ( 2002) 'Gender Justice, Human Rights and Neo-liberal Economic Policies' (pp 78-114)in M.Molyneux and S.Razavi (eds) Gender Justice, Development and Rights, Oxford University Press.

*Elson, D. (2002) 'The International Financial Architecture-A View from the Kitchen',(pp.26-37) Femina Politica- Zeitschrift fur feministische Politik-Wissenschaft, 11 Jg, Heft1. ISSN 1433-6359

*Budlender, D., Elson, D., Hewitt,G. and Mukhopadhyay, T. (2002) Gender Budgets Make Cents, Commonwealth Secretariat, London. (pp.23-47 by Elson)

*Elson, D. and Keklik, H. (2003) Progress of the World's Women 2002, (pp.1- 68) UNIFEM, New York. ISBN 0-91291770-9

*Elson, D. ( 2004) 'Human Rights and Corporate Profits: the Case of the UN Global Compact' in Beneria, L. and S. Bisnath(eds) Global Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Economy, Routledge, London.

*Elson, D. and Gideon, J , (2006)  ‘Organising for Women's Economic and Social Rights: how useful is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?' ,Journal of International Gender Studies, 8 (1 and 2): 135-152

*Elson, D. (2006), ‘Women's Rights' and Engendering Development' in Edith Kuiper and Dru Barker (eds) (2006), Feminist Perspectives on Gender and the World Bank. Routledge, London.

*Elson, D. (2006),  ‘<(s)', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 6 (4): 623-642

*Elson, D. (2004),  ‘Social Policy and Macroeconomic Performance: integrating “the economic” and “the social”' in T. Mkandawire (ed) Social Policy in a Development Context, Palgrave, London.

*Budgeting for Women's Rights; Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York, 2006.

*‘Gender Equality, Public Finance and Globalization' in J. Boyce,  S. Cullenberg, P. Pattanaik and R. Pollin (eds) Human  Development in the Era of Globalization, Edward Elgar, 2006.

“Women's Rights Are Human Rights”: campaigns and concepts', in L. Morris (ed) Rights: Sociological Perspectives, Routledge, 2006.

*(ed. with I. van Staveren, C. Grown and N. Cagatay) Feminist Economics of  Trade, Routledge, London ,2007.

*‘The Changing Economic and Political Participation of Women and the New Challenges of Globalisation', in I. Lenz, C. Ullrich and B. Fersch (eds.) Gender Orders Unbound, Barbara Buderich Publishers, Opladen and Farmington Hills, 2007.

*‘Macroeconomic Policy, Employment, Unemployment and Gender Equality' in J.A. Ocampo and K.S. Jomo (eds) Towards Full and Decent Employment, Orient Longman, 2007.

*'Emerging Issues with a Focus on Economic Decision-Making' in UN Economic Commission for Europe (ed) Gender Gaps and Economic Policy, UNECE, Geneva, 2007.

*‘Neoliberal Globalization and Gender Equality: Towards Alternatives' (in Japanese)  in Kitakyushi Municipal Gender Equality Centre (ed) Women and Economy, Akashi Shoten, Tokyo, 2007.

Additional information

Membership of organisations:

Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Gender, Work and Organisation, Development and Change and Journal of Human Development.  Member also of the UN Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals and the UK Women's Budget Group, Council of Overseas development Institute.

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