Feminist political economy

We facilitate research and discussion of the gendered dimensions of the global political economy.


We focus on the complex ways deeply ingrained gender norms and relations condition and are being conditioned by, political-economic practices and distributional outcomes.

The members share a critique of mainstream economics as a mode of reinforcing and normalising gender norms and power relations and seek to challenge the dominance of its central concepts and methodologies.

They interrogate the:

  • gendered character of developmental strategies;
  • state evolution;
  • the institutions of global economic governance;
  • responses to environmental problems such as climate change; and
  • the social reproduction of the current economic system.

With a focus on macroeconomic structures and their implication for the everyday experiences of citizens.

We have a broad range of expertise, including:

  • the interactions between gender and debt;
  • debt-driven accumulation strategies;
  • governance;
  • institutional change;
  • transitions to democracy;
  • citizenship; and
  • environmental unsustainability.


  • Dr Sherilyn MacGregor specialises in the interdisciplinary field of gender and environmental politics. Her research explores themes of environmental unsustainability, gender inequality, and theories and practices of citizenship. It critically questions power relations, environmental and social justice, the gendered divisions of labour and responsibility, and strategies for eco-political transformation in affluent societies.
  • Dr Adrienne Roberts examines finance, debt and debt-driven development from a feminist political economy perspective. She critically interrogates the alliances of private corporations, international development institutions, state governments and NGOs. Supporting the business case for gender equality, and the growing reliance of households on sources of debt as a means of financing the costs of social reproduction (food, housing, education, etc).
  • Prof. Georgina Waylen's main research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics/political economy. With a focus on gender and politics, international political economy, transitions to democracy, and governance and institutions.
  • Dr Silke Trommer's research interests focus on the politics of global trade, global governance, development, and social movements in the international political economy. One current line of inquiry investigates ongoing global economic policy initiatives to mitigate the gender-differential impacts of trade.
  • David Alderson is particularly interested in the relations between neoliberalism, gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a book that focuses on what is sometimes termed 'post-gay culture'. He is interested in the contradictory usages of these terms, the tensions between the usages, but also in the complex ways they relate to the marketisation of sexuality.