Emeritus Professors

Professor Diane Elson

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I am now an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, enjoying a very busy ‘retirement’ as chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, a voluntary network of researchers, trade unionists and feminist activists that analyses the impact of UK government budgets on gender equality and low income women (see www.wbg.org.uk ). In addition, I advise UN Women and am a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy. I continue to research and publish, with a focus on fiscal policy, gender equality and human rights; and enjoy interacting with feminist scholars in Scotland, as Visiting Professor in the Women in Scotland’s Economy Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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 David Simon, Fifty Key Thinkers in Development, Routledge, London.


BA (Oxford) PhD (Manchester)

Teaching responsibilities

Current PhD students:

L. Colinas (part-time, 2010…) Tackling intergenerational poverty and inequality; experiences of indigenous women and men in Chiapas, Mexico.


Publications Since 2010:

'Commerce international, egalite des sexes et advantage competitif’, in H. Hirata (ed) Le Genre au Coeur de la Mondialisation, Presses de la Fondation Nationales de Science, Paris, 2010.

‘Gender and the global economic crisis in developing countries: a framework for analysis’, Gender and Development, 18(2) (pp. 201-212) 2010.

(with R. Sharp) ‘Gender Responsive Budgeting and Women’s’ Poverty’ in S. Chant(ed) International Handbook on Gender and Poverty, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2010.

‘Gender Equality and Economic Growth, A Rights Based Approach’ in B. Berendsen ( ed.) Economic Growth and the Common Good. From Crisis to Sustainable Development, KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, 2010.

(ed. with B. Young and I. Bakker) Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective, Routledge, London, 2011. Introduction by Young, Bakker and Elson (pp.1-10); chapter 6 by Elson and Warneke (pp.110-131).

(ed. with R. Balakrishnan) Economic Policy and Human Rights Obligations, Zed Press, London, 2011. Introduction by Balakrishnan and Elson( pp.1-27); chapter 4 (pp.99-130) and chapter 8 (pp. 199-221) by Aydinar-Avsar and Elson.

(ed. with D. Jain) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, Sage, Delhi, 2011. Introduction by Jain and Elson (pp. xxxiii-xlvi); Chapter 1 by Elson (pp1-20).

(with R. Balakrishnan and J. Heintz ) ‘Financial Regulation, Capabilities and Human Rights in the US Financial Crisis: the Case of Housing’ Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12(1) (pp.153-168) 2011.

(with P. Vizard and S. Fukuda-Parr) ‘Introduction: The capability approach and human rights’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 12 (1) (pp. 1-22) 2011.

(ed. with S. Fukuda-Parr and P. Vizard) Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach. An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Routledge, London, 2012. Introduction by Vizard, Fukuda-Parr and Elson (pp. 1-22); Chapter 9 by Balakrishnan, Elson and Heintz (pp.153-168).

‘Social Reproduction in the Global Crisis: Rapid Recovery or Long-Lasting Depletion?’ in The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, edited by Peter Utting, Shahra Razavi and Rebecca Buchholz (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), Palgrave, London, 2012.

‘The reduction of the UK budget deficit: a human rights perspective’, International Review of Applied Economics, 26(2):1771-190, 2012.

‘Finance, Production and Reproduction in the Context of Globalization and Economic Crisis’, Journal of Gender Studies, (Ochanomizu University) No. 15, 2012.

with Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz), 'Public Finance, Maximum Available Resources and Human Rights' in Colin Harvey, Aoife Nolan and Rory O'Connell ( eds) Human Rights and Public Finance: Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Economic and Social Rights. Hart Publishing, Oxford. 2013.

‘Economic Crises from the 1980s to the 2010s: A Gender Analysis’ in G.Waylen and S.Rai (eds) New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy, Routledge, Abingdon, 2013.

(with S. Austen, M. Costa and R. Sharp) ‘Expenditure Incidence Analysis: A Gender-Responsive Budgeting Tool for Educational Expenditure in Timor-Leste?’ Feminist Economics, 19(4)1-24,2013.

‘Lehren aus den Krisen : Eine Gender-Perspektive’, Kurswechsel, Zeitschrift für gesellschafts-, wirtschafts- und umweltpolitische Alternativen Heft 4 , 2013.

(with M. Fontana) ‘Public policies on water provision and early childhood education and care (ECEC): do they reduce and redistribute unpaid work?’, Gender and Development, 22(3) 459-474, 2014.

(with R. Pearson) ‘Transcending the impact of the financial crisis in the United Kingdom: towards plan F- a feminist economic strategy’, Feminist Review, 109, 8-30, 2015.

Additional information

Membership of organisations:

International Association for Feminist Economics

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