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Diane Perrons

Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies

Director of the Gender Institute

Email: d.perrons@lse.ac.uk

Room: COL.5.01B, Columbia House, LSE


Diane Perrons is Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies and Director of the Gender Institute. Her research focuses on globalisation, gender and inequality; paid work, care, and social reproduction and regional development and social change. Her current project is concerned with analysing gender dimensions of increasing economic inequality with particular reference to crises, austerity and alternative patterns of socially equitable recovery.  Much of her work examines the interplay between economic and social theory and everyday life.

She is currently co-directing the LSE’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power.

Experience keywords: globalisation; gender; inequality; economic crises; labour markets, care and social reproduction; regional development and socially equitable recovery.

Professor Perrons' LSE Experts entry is available here.  


  • Globalisation, gender and inequality
  • Gender dimensions of increasing economic inequality
  • Gender, inequality and power
  • Crises, austerity and socially equitable recovery
  • Economic transformation and social change
  • Uneven regional development and inequality
  • Gender, work and care
  • Migration and social reproduction

Commissioned Research

  • Private Bank: Workplace Culture and Gender Balance, for a private bank, with Ania Plomien, 2011
  • Why socio-economic inequalities increase? Facts and policy responses in Europe, Report for the European Commission with Ania Plomien, 2010
  • Women and gender equity in employment: an unfinished revolution, Institute of Employment Studies (2010).
  • The Politics of Democratic Governance: Organising for Social Inclusion and Gender Equity. London: One World Action, with Carolyn Pedwell, 2007
  • Employment Transitions over the Lifecycle - A Research Review, Manchester: EOC. with Wendy Sigle-Rushton, 2006
  • Employment Transitions over the Lifecycle- A Statistical Analysis, Manchester: EOC. with Wendy Sigle-Rushton, 2006

Selected Recent Publications

Gender, Migration and Domestic Work

Gender, Migration and Domestic Work: Masculinities, Male Labour & Fathering in the UK and USA by Majella Kilkey, Diane Perrons and Ania Plomien (2013)

As the rich have got richer and households have become busier, demand for commoditized household services has increased. While much is known about maids and nannies, this book is distinctive in focusing on masculinized domestic services

  • Perrons, D. (2015) 'Gendering the inequality debate', Gender and Development, 23 (2). 207-222.
  • Perrons, D (2015) 'Gender equality in times of inequality, crisis and austerity: towards gender-sensitive macroeconomic policies' in: (eds) Bettio, F and Sansonetti, S, Visions for Gender Equality, European Commission, Luxembourg 16-20 http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/files/documents/vision_report_en.pdf
  • Perrons, D (2014) 'Gendering inequality: a note on Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century', British Journal of Sociology, 65 (4) 667-677
  • Kilkey, M., Plomien, A., and Perrons, D. (2014) 'Migrant men's fathering narratives, practices and projects in national and transnational spaces: recent Polish male migrants to London', International Migration. 52 (1). 178-191
  • Dunford, R. and Perrons, D. (2014)  Power, Privilege and Precarity: the Gendered Dynamics of Contemporary Inequality, in M.Evans et. Al (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. London: Sage
  • Perrons, D. and Plomien, A. (2013) Gender, Inequality and the Crisis: Towards More Equitable Development, In Karamessini, M and Rubery, J. Women and Austerity The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality, London: Routledge
  • Perrons D and Dunford, R. (2013) Regional development, equality and gender: Moving towards more inclusive and socially sustainable measures, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (3) 483-499
  • Perrons, D. (2012) Regional performance and inequality: linking economic and social development through a capabilities approach, Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society, 5, 15-20
  • Perrons, D. (2012) ‘Global’ financial crisis, earnings inequalities and gender. Towards a more sustainable model of development, Comparative Sociology, 11, 202-226
  • Perrons, D., Plomien, A. and Kilkey, M (2010) Migration and uneven development within an enlarged European Union: Fathering, gender divisions and male migrant domestic services, European Urban and Regional Studies, 17, 197–215
  • Perrons, D. and Plomien, A. (2010) Why socio-economic inequalities increase? Facts and policy responses in Europe, Report for the European Commission EUR 24471 EN, http://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/books36_en.html
  • Perrons, D. (2010) Gender, Work and Poverty in High Income Countries, in S. Chant (eds) International Handbook on Gender and Poverty, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 409-414
  • Perrons, D (2009) 'Spatial and Gender Inequalities in the Global Economy: A transformative perspective, in O. Kramme and P. Diamond' (eds) Social Justice in the Global Age, (London: Polity).


  • Perrons, D (2010) Economic Insecurity, Gender and the Economic Recession. Peace and Freedom, Journal of the UKWILPF
  • Perrons, D (2010) Gender, work and market recognition: understanding and challenging 'market' values, Renewal, 18 (1-2) 34-42
  • Perrons, D. (2009) Women and Gender Equity in Employment Patterns, Progress and Challenges, IES WP 23 

PhD Supervision

Diane has supervised over 15 PhD students through to successful completion, and examined over 20 PhDs. She is interested in supervising students working on topics related to: Globalisation, gender and inequality; economic transformation and social change; migration, work and care. Please see our PhD programme web pages for how to apply and what we are looking for in a research proposal.

The PhD students she is currently supervising are: Yang Shen, Amanda Shaw and Julia Hartviksen. She is also currently supervising Yee Nee Wong, who is completing her MPhil.