Dr Adrienne Roberts

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

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Research interests

My research interests are in the area of feminist international political economy, where I have a particular focus on the gendered relations of finance, debt, development, and trade. I also research neoliberal and corporate-driven gender equality initiatives, namely in the areas of financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, and trade. I am currently working in several areas:

(1)  Gendering Global Trade: Alongside Erin Hannah (King’s College, University of Western Ontario) and Silke Trommer (University of Manchester), I am working on two projects that focus on the gendered dimensions of trade and on initiatives that aim to address gender inequalities in and through trade. These are funded by SSHRC/ESRC (“Gendering Global Trade through Canada-UK Trade Relationships”) and SSHRC (“SheTrades: Gendering Global Trade Governance”). We have published two blogs based on preliminary research, which are available online at http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/2018/10/25/gender-sensitive-trade-buzzword-or-basic-principle-of-post-brexit-trade-policy/ and https://www.opencanada.org/features/can-gender-equality-give-wto-renewed-purpose/.

(2)  Gender, Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Promotion in Pakistan: Alongside Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar (LUMS), I have been researching and publishing on the gender dimensions of debt, everyday finance (including pawnbroking), financial inclusion strategies, and entrepreneurship promotion programmes in Pakistan. This research has been presented at a number of conferences and we have a forthcoming publication in Review of International Political Economy.

(3)  The Gendered Relations of Debt and Finance: Among other things, my research in this area seeks to document and theorize the growing importance of debt as a means for households to meet the costs of social reproduction historically and in the current era of financialization. This research has been published in journals that include Research in Political Economy, Critical Sociology, New Political Economy, Politics & Gender and more.

I have also published extensively on neoliberal and corporate-driven efforts to promote gender equality through financial inclusion strategies, ‘gender lens investing’, and other means (Soundings, Global Society, Socialist Studies) and on broader aspects of gender and the global economy (British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Antipode). Recent books focused on the field of Feminist International Political Economy include Feminist Global Political Economies of the Everyday (with Juanita Elias, Routledge, 2018) and Handbook of the International Political Economy of Gender (with Juanita Elias, Edward Elgar, 2018).


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display