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Hazel Johnstone MBE

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Diane Perrons

Professor Diane Perrons has contribited to the European Commission's report on 'Visions for Gender Equality'

The European Commission has published a report on the 'Visions for Gender Equality', in which Professor Diane Perrons, Director of the Gender Institute and Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies, has written a chapter. Her chapter is 'Gender equality in times of inequality, crisis and austerity: towards gender-sensitive macroeconomic policies'. The report can be accessed online here.


The Gender Institute welcomes the opening of the new International Inequalities Institute

Diane Perrons (Director of the Gender Institute) and Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute) joined Thomas Piketty (Pictured and Centennial Professor at LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute), Lisa McKenzie (Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at LSE) and Stephanie Seguino (Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, USA) on a panel discussion on ‘Gender and Everyday Life’. This panel was part of the conference on ‘Inequality in the 21st Century: a Day Long Engagement with Thomas Piketty’, which took place just before the opening of the new International Inequalities Institute. The new International Inequalities Institute website is now available to access online. 


The Gender Institute's Graduate Working Paper series available online

The papers published here as the first set in the ‘Gender Institute Graduate Working Papers’ series are a selection from those given at the one-day conference held on Friday 13th March 2015. MSc students on the course gave short papers on themed panels as part of their assessments, and spent the day encouraging one another and providing useful feedback for subsequent essays.


Gender, Inequality and Power Commission

The Gender Institute hosts the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power. The Commission is designed to draw on LSE research and external experts to provide theoretical and empirical knowledge to inform public and policy debates in the UK concerned with understanding and addressing the complex and multidimensional character of inequality and power imbalances between women and men. The Commission is examining issues within politics, law, the economy, and media and culture, and it is co-directed by Professors Diane Perrons and Nicola Lacey (pictured).


Call for Papers   Gender and the Politics of Shame

Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2015

Dr Clara Fischer, GI Newton International Fellow, has organised a conference to be held at LSE on 14 November 2015. Abstracts of up to 500 words are now invited on the conference theme, "Gender and the Politics of Shame", for submission by 1st September.

Naila Kabeer

Professor Naila Kabeer on 'Inequality: The Great Paradox of our Time'

Professor Naila Kabeer,  Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, has contributed to the pamphlet produced by the Labour Campaign for International Development on 'Beyond Aid: Labour's Ambition for a Radical Development Agenda'. The pamphlet is available to download here and Naila's article is called 'Inequality: The Great Paradox of our Time'.

Diane Perrons

Professor Dianne Perrons speaks at conference on 'The Challenge of Economic Inequality to Recovery and Wellbeing'

Professor Diane Perrons, Director of the Gender Institute, spoke at the Annual Conference on ‘The Challenge of Economic Inequality to Recovery and Wellbeing’, which was co-hosted by TASC (Think-tank for Action on Social Change) and FEPS (the Foundation for European Progressive Studies). Her talk was on ‘Finance, austerity and inequality: towards gender equitable alternatives’. To listen to her talk at the conference, please click here


Alexandra Hyde on 'Remembrance and the reserve-reserve army of labour'

Dr Alexandra Hyde, an alumna of the Gender Institute, has written an article for openDemocracy on 'Remembrance and the reserve-reserve army of labour'. Alexandra Hyde is working on an ethnography of a British Army Regiment focusing on gender, migration and militarisation.


The Presence of Gender - Gender Institute 20th Anniversary Conference 

The Gender Institute celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a conference on Friday 9 May, which brought together scholars, policy makers and activists to reflect on the multiple inequalities of our time and how we might analyse them and forge new theoretical paths to confront them.

There was an evening keynote public lecture with Professors Sylvia Chant and Inderpal Grewal, who reflected on The Presence of Gender in social, cultural, political and economic spheres of life. 

To view the posters created by master's and research students for the conference, please click here


The Gender Institute's New Undergraduate Course - Gender, Politics and Civil Society (GI200)

The Gender Institute will be offering a new undergraduate course to all 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates, which will focus on using the remarkable resources of The Women's Library. The Women's Library, now situated in the LSE Library, holds an abundance of material, both written and visual, recording the social, political and economic changes in women’s lives and relations between women and men in the past 200 years.


Gender in the Media by Niall Richardson and Sadie Wearing (2014)

Sadie Wearing, Lecturer in Gender, Culture and Media at the Gender Institute, and Niall Richardson have published a book on Gender in the Media. This lively and engaging text introduces students to the key contemporary issues in the study of gender and the media. Integrating cultural theory with text-based criticism, Gender in the Media analyses recent debates in feminist cultural theory, masculinity studies and queer theory, before applying these cultural paradigms to critical readings in relevant media contexts. 


The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing

Edited by and featuring Gender Institute faculty, The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory will be published in August 2014. At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory. It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.


Diane Perrons and Ania Plomien on 'Managing the gender divide' in the  Financial Times

Professor Diane Perrons and Professor Ania Plomien have written an article for the Financial Times Advisor on 'Managing the gender divide' in paid and unpaid employment. The article focuses on how women’s contribution to the economy can be assessed in a number of ways and it depends on how we conceptualise the economy and, relatedly, what counts as a contribution.

Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer on the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls from a European Union perspective

Professor Naila Kabeer has written a background study for the delegation of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM). The study is on the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls from a European Union perspective. 

Mary Evans

Mary Evans talks about Love on BBC Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed

Mary Evans discusses 'love' with the social historian, Claire Langhamer and the philosopher, Pascal Bruckner on the Thinking Allowed programme led by Laurie Taylor. To listen to the discussion, click here.


Mary Evan's article for openDemocracy is featured as part of 'Best of 2013'

Mary Evans, LSE Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute, wrote an article on 'Love in a time of neo-liberalism' for openDemocracy and it has been selected as one of the 'Best of 2013'. To read the article, click here


Why Gender Matters for Social Science

The Gender Institute and the Centre for Learning Technology worked together to create a film on 'Why Gender Matter for Social Science'. The film comprises a number of interviews with LSE academics discussing the importance of gender research for their discipline and talking about the range of work in this field being carried out at the school.


Hazel Johnstone honoured with MBE

Hazel Johnstone, departmental manager in LSE's Gender Institute, received her MBE for services to higher education. Hazel has overseen the transformation of the Gender Institute, from a working group to a department that offers five different masters programmes and a PhD programme.


Naila Kabeer responds to Esther Duflo's view on 'women's empowerment and economic development'

Naila Kabeer has written a blog post for the International Association for Feminist Economics, in which she responds to Esther Duflo's view on the connection between women's empowerment and economic development. To read the blog post, click here


Naila Kabeer participated in Expert Group Meeting on Millennium Development Goals

Naila Kabeer presented a review of the Millennium Development Goals at the Expert Group Meeting in Mexico City for UN Women. Experts were called upon ahead of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will focus on the ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’. To read Naila’s report presented at the Expert Group Meeting, click here.   

Professor Naila Kabeer speaking at Yale

Naila Kabeer talks at the Yale School of Law

Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, joined Professor Martha Chen and Professor Muneer Ahmad in the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights: Reconsidering Voice: "Gender, Agency and the Role of Law in Development". Special thanks to Harold Shapiro for the photographs. To watch the lecture, click here.

LSE PhD Studentships for 2014 entry


The School is offering 59 full scholarships for new PhD students. The scholarships cover fees and living expenses of £18,000 each year for four years. They are available for Home UK/EU and Overseas students undertaking full time research in any LSE discipline, with annual renewal subject to satisfactory academic performance at the School. Studentships will be awarded on academic merit and research potential.
The Politics of the Human by Professor Anne Phillips

Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government, and Professor of Political and Gender Theory in the Gender Institute addresses the status of the human in politics in four public lectures at Cambridge University: The Politics of the Human; The Abstract Nakedness of Being Nothing But Human; Dignity and Equality and Why We Are Not Posthuman.

Gendering the Euro Crisis by Ania Plomien and Diane Perrons

Dr Ania Plomien, Lecturer in Gender and Social Science, with the Director of the Gender Institute, Diane Perrons discuss the implications of neoliberal pro-growth measures and austerity on economic inequalities. They emphasize that underlying economic inequalities have not been addressed in pro-growth policies and austerity is disproportionately hurting women.

See also The Observer article, which reports on the impact of austerity on women, Spending cuts hit women worse, says report.

Our Bodies Whose Property

Our Bodies, Whose Property? by Anne Phillips (2013)

Anne Phillips, Gender Institute Director, releases a new publication in 2013. Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, Our Bodies, Whose Property? challenges notions of freedom based on ownership of our bodies and argues against the normalization of markets in bodily services and parts. Anne Phillips explores the risks associated with metaphors of property and the reasons why the commodification of the body remains problematic.

Anne gave an interview on the themes covered in Our Bodies, Whose Property to ABC's The Body Sphere.

Teaching Prizewinners

Gender Institute Faculty & Researchers Win Teaching Prizes

 The Gender Institute has won four Teaching Prizes in 2013. Sumi Madhok and Sadie Wearing both won Major Review Teaching Prizes for their outstanding contribution to teaching.

Gender Institute researchers Alessandro Castellini and Amanda Conroy were also honoured. Alessandro won a Departmental Teaching Prize for his contribution to the Gender Institute core course Gender Theories in the Modern World, while Amanda's award recognised her contribution to the Department of Sociology's core undergraduate course Key Concepts in Sociology.

Naila Kabeer

Naila Kabeer joins the Gender Institute in 2013/14

Prior to joining the Gender Institute, Professor Kabeer has been: Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex where she worked for many years. 

She has also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Department for International Development, UK between 2009-2010. She was the Kerstin Hesselgren Professor at the University of Goteberg, Sweden in 2004-2005 and Senior Sabaticant with IDRC Regional Office in South Asia in 2005-2006. Her research interests include gender, poverty, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship and much of her research has focused on South Asia.

Her publications include Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought, The power to choose: Bangladeshi women and labour supply decision-making in London and Dhaka and, more recently, Gender and social protection in the informal economy. She has carried out extensive training and advisory work with national and international NGOs (including Oxfam, ActionAid, Women for Women International, BRAC, PRADAN and Nijera Kori) as well as for a number of international development agencies (including the UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, SIDA, NORAD and UN Women). She is currently on advisory editorial committee for the journals Feminist Economics, Development and Change and Gender and Development and she is also on the board of the Feminist Review Trust.

Professor Kabeer will contribute to the MSc Programmes at the Gender Institute, especially the MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation.

The Gaurdian

Naila Kabeer writes for The Guardian

New Gender Institute Professor Naila Kabeer writes that gender equality must be a development priority in its own right. The UN high-level panel that meets to discuss development cannot ignore the importance of a dedicated gender target. Written with Jessica Woodroffe.

Gender, Agency and Coercion

Gender Institute Book Launch

Five books have been published by GI faculty over the past few months. Check out the publications here.

Anne Phillips Bristol

Anne Phillips has been honoured with a Doctor of Laws from The University of Bristol in recognition of her profound impact on politics around the world. Professor Phillips began her academic career by graduating from The University of Bristol with a BSc in Philosophy and Politics.

Why Stories Matter

Professor Clare Hemmings’ book, Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory is the recipient of the 2012 FWSA Book Prize. Clare writes: "I’m really delighted to have won the FWSA Book Award 2012, and to find myself amongst the excellent company of previous winners Margaretta Jolly, Wendy Harcourt and most recently Sara Ahmed, all outstanding interdisciplinary feminist scholars. Since disciplinary contexts tend not to fully recognise feminist work, the FWSA prizes are incredibly important, not least as a way of forcing feminist scholars to celebrate each other’s work in public. I’d like to thank the executive committee and external readers for the award, for their hard work on the prize: more hard work behind the scenes – another feminist tradition. Thanks again – I’m totally chuffed."

Graham Wallas

Exciting news as Anne Phillips, Director of the Gender Institute and Professor of Political and Gender Theory will be made the next Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government.  The professorship stands as testament to Anne's contribution to the field of political science, notably in political and gender theory.Anne will give an inaugural public lecture entitled 'The Human in Politics' later this year, echoing Graham Wallas' own focus on humanity

UN Aids

Dr Jenevieve Mannell, a recent Gender Institute PhD alumna, was asked to write a publication by UN AIDS on the Impact of the global economic crisis on women, girls and gender equality.


Diane Perrons, Professor in Economic Geography and Gender Studies at the Gender Institute contributes her article 'Global' Financial Crisis, Earnings Inequalities and Gender: Towards a More Sustainable Model of Development to the most recent edition of Comparative Sociology.

Mary Evans

As Feminist Review celebrates its 100th issue, Mary Evans assesses its lasting contribution to academic debate.  'A Home of One's Own' written for the Times Higher Education Supplement in April 2012.

Read Professor Evans's other articles on the LSE Politics Blog. Mary Evans has written that ownplaying the public acknowledgement of the achievements of women in sport is rather like saying everyone should have a government but only men can vote for it.  Professor Evans's post Criticizing the rioters being labelled as "scum" is the LSE Politics Blog's 3rd most popular post of 2011, with over 3,100 views since publishing on the blog and over 400 Facebook shares. Her post on David Willetts' blaming of feminism for male working class unemployment is the 4th most popular post of 2011, with over 2,800 views since publishing


Dr Ania Plomien, meanwhile, has been blogging for European Politics and Policy at LSE.  She discusses how one of the European Union’s main priorities is tackling growing unemployment. However, she argues the current approach fails to deliver.  While Europe undertakes a number of labour-supply-measures such as training schemes and apprenticeships, it is the demand for labour in Europe which is still essentially lacking

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