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Transformation Is Possible: Moving Feminist Economics into Policies and Institutions

Caren GrownProfessor Caren Grown, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID and Economist-in-Residence, American University

  • Thursday 14 February 2013
  • 6.30pm - 8.00pm
  • Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
  • Chaired by Professor Diane Perrons, Gender Institute

A Gender Institute public lecture supported by LSE STICERD.

Open to all - no booking required. 


In this paper, Dr Caren Grown will speak about the role of feminist economics in shaping economic development policy, drawing out opportunities, constraints, and contradictions. She will develop examples from her research in the areas of economic growth and trade, public finance, and asset ownership and poverty, and her experience with various UN institutions, the multilateral development banks and bilateral donors. 


Caren Grown is Senior Gender Advisor in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, where she leads USAID’s efforts to integrate gender equality and female empowerment throughout the agency’s policies and programs. Dr. Grown is on leave until Fall 2013 as Economist-In-Residence at American University, where she also co-directs the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics. Formerly, she was Senior Scholar and Co-Director of the Gender Equality and Economy Program at The Levy Economics Institute at Bard College and Director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Governance team at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  Her recent books include Taxation and Gender Equity, co-edited with Imraan Valodia (Routledge 2010), The Feminist Economics of Trade, co-edited with Irene Van Staveren, Diane Elson, and Nilufer Cagatay (Routledge 2007), and Trading Women's Health and Rights: the Role of Trade Liberalization and Development, co-edited with Elissa Braunstein and Anju Malhotra (Zed Books 2006). She is the lead author (with Geeta Rao Gupta) of the Millennium Project Task Force 3 Report entitled Taking Action: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women (Earthscan Press 2005) and co-author (with Gita Sen) of Development, Crises and Alternative Visions: Third World Women's Perspectives (Monthly Review Press 1987). Her articles have appeared in World Development, Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics, Health Policy and Planning, and The Lancet.