Marzia Fontana is a feminist economist with over 20 years of research and teaching experience. Her main research interests are intersecting inequalities, labour markets, international trade and unpaid work. She has spent the last few years advising international organizations and bilateral agencies including the International Labour Organization, UN Women, UNCTAD, UNIDO, FAO, the European Parliament, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has also been teaching and providing training on gender-aware economic analysis, both to postgraduate students and practitioners, at various universities and development institutions in the UK and other countries. She was previously a Research Fellow and MA Gender and Development Convenor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Marzia has contributed extensively to the fields of gender and international trade, and gender-aware macroeconomic modelling. She has published a number of articles and book chapters on these topics. She is currently gender advisor for the PEP (Partnership for Economic Policy) Research Network and is on the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She is a member of the UK Women’s Budget Group. Her fieldwork experience is mostly in Asia (Vietnam, Laos PDR, Cambodia, India) and Fiji Islands.
- Elson, D. and Fontana, M. 2019. ‘Conceptualising Gender Equitable Inclusive Growth’ in Elson, D. and A. Seth (Eds.). 2019. Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth: Economic Policies to Achieve Sustainable Development. New York: UN Women.
- Fontana, M. 2016. ‘Gender equality in trade agreements: study for the FEMM committee’ Brussels: Policy Department Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, European Parliament
- UN Women. 2016. Towards gender equality in Vietnam: making growth work for women UN Women Vietnam Thematic Study, Hanoi. Lead author
- Fontana, M. and D. Elson (2014) ‘The impact of 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
- Fontana, M. 2014. ‘Gender in economy-wide modelling’ in Rai, S. and G. Waylen, New Frontiers in Feminist Political Economy, London: Routledge
- Fontana, M. (2013) ‘Analysing Better Work data from a gender perspective: the case of Vietnam’, Better Work Discussion Paper 13, Geneva: ILO.