Inequality Matters: austerity policies, gender and race

Hosted by LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power and Department of Economics

Old Theatre, Old Building,


Professor Stephanie Seguino

Saphieh Ashtiany

Diane Negra


Professor Alan Manning

Austerity policies lead to cuts in social spending that have a potentially disproportionately negative effect on women, youth and racial or ethnic minorities.

Stephanie Seguino is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont and Professorial Research Associate at SOAS. Stephanie Seguino's research explores the impact of globalisation on income distribution and well-being, with a particular emphasis on Asian and Caribbean economies. She has been an advisor or consultant to numerous international organisations including the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and US AID, and publishes regularly in a number of economic journals, including World Development, Journal of Development Studies, and Feminist Economics. Professor Seguino has also contributed her services to local and global living wage campaigns.

Saphieh Ashtiany is Principal of Ashtiany Associates, visiting Professor at QMUL, Chair of the Equal Rights Trust and a non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Charities Aid Foundation. Saphieh is an internationally recognised expert on employment and equality law and is ranked in the top tier of UK employment and discrimination lawyers. She currently works on complex consultancy projects for not-for-profit and institutional bodies. 

Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin.  The co-editor of the journal Television and New Media, she is author, editor or co-editor of nine books including Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom (2001), A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (2002), Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (2007), What A Girl Wants?: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism (2008) and Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity (2014).  A former member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, she serves on the Board of the Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism and with institutional partners will host the 2015 event in Dublin.

Alan Manning is Professor of Economics and Director of the Community Programme at the Centre for Economic  Performance (CEP) at LSE.

The LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power(@LSEGenderTweet) draws on LSE research and external experts to inform public and policy debates on the complex and multidimensional character of inequality and power imbalances between women and men.

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A copy of Professor Stephanie Seguino's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download Inequality Matters: austerity policies, gender and race (pdf)

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