Diane Elson


University of Essex

Department of Sociology
Colchester CO4 3SQ
Phone: +44 (0) 1206 873539
Fax: +44 (0) 1206 873410

Diane Elson holds a Chair in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and is a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre. She has acted as advisor to UNIFEM, UNDP, Oxfam, and other development agencies and is a past vice president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. She has published widely on gender and development.

Her recent publications include: Budgeting for Women's Rights; Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York, 2006; "'Women's rights are human rights': campaigns and concepts," in L. Morris (ed) Rights: Sociological Perspectives, Routledge, 2006. "Macroeconomic policy, employment, unemployment and gender equality," in J. A. Ocampo and K. S. Jomo (eds.) Towards Full and Decent Employment, Zed Books and Orient Longman, 2007; "Gender Issues in Development," in A. K. Dutt and J. Ros (eds.) International Handbook of Development Economics, Edward Elgar, 2008; (with R. Balakrishnan) "Auditing Economic Policy in the Light of Obligations on Economic and Social Rights," Essex Human Rights Review, Vol. No 5. No. 1, 2008; and "Gender Equality and Economic Growth in the World Bank" World Development Report 2006, Feminist Economics 15(3) 2009. In 2006, she was honored when a chapter on her research was included in D. Simon (ed). Fifty Key Thinkers in Development, Routledge.

Her academic degrees include a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manchester.

Focus: Development, Economy, Gender, Human Rights, United Kingdom, Global


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