Better Rhetoric, Less Resources: Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals

Diane Elson

March 8, 2016

Integrated Science Complex, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, UMass Boston

Diane Elson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and a Research Associate of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, USA.  She is a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, and adviser to UN Women. She is a former Vice-President of the International Association for Feminist Economics and is currently chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, a network of academics, policy analysts and activists that scrutinises UK government budgets for their impact on gender inequality and women’s rights.


In 2006, a chapter on her research was included in D. Simon (ed). Fifty Key Thinkers in Development, Routledge, London. She has been awarded the 2016 Leontief Prize for Advancing Frontiers of Economic Thought by the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.


She has published widely on gender equality and economic policy, including articles in World Development, Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and International Review of Applied Economics. Her recent books include (ed. with I. van Staveren, C. Grown and N. Cagatay) Feminist Economics of Trade, Routledge, London, 2007; (ed. with B. Young and I. Bakker) Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective, Routledge, London, 2011;  (ed. with R. Balakrishnan) Economic Policy and Human Rights Obligations, Zed Press, London, 2011; (ed. with D. Jain) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, Sage, Delhi, 2011; (ed. with S. Fukuda-Parr and P. Vizard) Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach. An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Routledge, London, 2012; and (co-authored with R. Balakrishnan and J. Heintz) Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice, Routledge, London 2016.


Her academic degrees include a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manchester.


Presented by: 

Department of Economics; College of Liberal Arts; Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights; Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy; Department of Public Policy & Public Affairs
Center for Sustainable Enterprise & Regional Competitiveness; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security & Global Governance; Labor Resource Center; Labor Studies Program; McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies; Department of Political Science; School of the Environment; Sustainable Solution Lab; Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
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