Dr Sharmila Parmanand

Dr Sharmila Parmanand

Teaching Fellow in Gender and Human Rights

Department of Gender Studies

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 also has a master’s in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne on an Australian Leadership Award scholarship.



  • Parmanand, S. 2021. Regulating motherhood through markets: Filipino women’s engagement with microcredit. (FeministReview129, 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 Sept. 2021)
  • 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. ReviewofWomensStudies 29(2): 1-30. https://drive.google.com/file/d/16MXKIraT5FSCQKFEchEPBT3BJDhcLVFL/view
  • Parmanand, S. 2019. The Philippine Sex Workers Collective: Struggling to be Heard, not Saved. Anti-TraffickingReview 12: 57-73. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201219124.
  • Parmanand, S. 2020. The dangers of masculinity contests in a time of pandemic. OxfordPoliticalReview 2: 6-9.
  • Parmanand, S., et. al. 2016. The Big Question: What Do Sex Workers Need to Better Control their Working Conditions. WorldPolicyJournal 33(4): 5-9.
  • Parmanand, S. 2014. Mapping the Path to Philippine Reproductive Rights Legislation:  Signs of Progress Amidst Obstacles. SocialTransformations: JournaloftheGlobalSouth 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. GenderWorkandOrganization 25: 734-737.

Expertise Details

sex work; trafficking; migration; gender and development