Dr Sharmila Parmanand

Dr Sharmila Parmanand

LSE Fellow in Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies

English, Filipino
Key Expertise
sex work; trafficking; migration; gender and development

About me

Dr. Sharmila Parmanand has a PhD in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge on a Gates scholarship. Her doctoral research examined ‘sex trafficking’ discourses and interventions in the Philippines from a critical perspective. Most of her research projects interrogate how development and state interventions targeted at women in the global south reflect and shape their lived realities, with a focus on gender and international development, the politics of knowledge production, and feminist entanglements with the state on issues of human rights and women’s precarious labour. 

She has a master’s in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne on an Australian Leadership Award scholarship and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Ateneo de Manila University. She was previously a Gender and Human Rights Teaching Fellow at the LSE Department of Gender Studies and a lecturer at the University of Vermont Department of Theatre and the Ateneo de Manila University Department of English and Literature. 



Parmanand, S. 2021. Regulating motherhood through markets: Filipino women’s engagement with microcredit. (Feminist Review 129, expected Nov. 2021). 

Parmanand, S. 2021. Macho populists versus COVID: Comparing political masculinities in a time of pandemic. (European Journal for Women's Studies, expected 2021) 


Parmanand, S. 2021. Interview – Sharmila Parmanand. E-International Relations. https://www.e-ir.info/2021/05/20/interview-sharmila-parmanand/

Parmanand, S. 2021. Salvation as violence: anti-trafficking and the rehabilitation of rescued Filipino women into moral subjects (Journal of International Women’s Studies, expected 2021). *shortlisted for the Feminist Studies Association Student Essay Prize (2020).

Parmanand, S. 2020. Duterte as the macho messiah: chauvinist populism and the feminization of human rights in the Philippines. Review of Women’s Studies 29(2): 1-30. 

Parmanand, S. 23 September 2019. Selling sex amidst the Philippine Drug War. openDemocracy.https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/selling-sex-amidst-philippine-drug-war/

Parmanand, S. 2019. The Philippine Sex Workers Collective: Struggling to be Heard, not Saved. Anti-Trafficking Review 12: 57-73. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201219124. 

Parmanand, S. 2020. The dangers of masculinity contests in a time of pandemic. Oxford Political Review 2: 6-9. 

Parmanand, S., et. al. 2016. The Big Question: What Do Sex Workers Need to Better Control their Working Conditions. World Policy Journal 33(4): 5-9. 

Parmanand, S. 2014. Mapping the Path to Philippine Reproductive Rights Legislation:  Signs of Progress Amidst Obstacles. Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South 2(1): 61-80. http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/index.php/ST/article/view/ST2014.02104. 

Parmanand, S. 2018. Book Review: The pimping of prostitution: abolishing the sex work myth by Julie Bindel. Gender Work and Organization 25: 734-737. Expertise Details sex work; trafficking; migration; gender and development








Expertise Details

sex work; trafficking; migration; gender and development; gender and populism; feminist ethnography