May 26 2016 Posted: 13:09 IST

ANNUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 24-26

From June 24th to 26th the National University of Ireland, Galway, will host the 25th International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Annual Conference. Bringing together leading practitioners from the fields of academia, economics and social justice, the conference presents an exciting opportunity to interact with preeminent feminist and heterodox economics scholars and advocates whose work covers a wide range of issues such as gender equality, gender and development, macroeconomic policy, capabilities and well-being. Confirmed speakers include Bina Agarwal, Naila Kabeer, Diane Elson, Gita Sen and Alicia Girón.

 The IAFFE is a renowned international association that focuses on advancing feminist inquiry into economic issues. The conference comes at a time of growing economic and environmental instability across the world. In responding to these issues, the IAFFE members are engaged in critical policy discussions on gender equality at both national and international forums, providing a strong voice in critiques of neo-liberal paradigms, and advocating for an alternative vision of economics focused on equality, capabilities and well-being.

 Speaking ahead of the event, chief organizer Dr. Nata Duvvury, a senior lecturer and Co-Director of NUI Galway’s Centre for Global Women’s Studies in the School of Political Science and Sociology, said: “.This conference comes at a very critical juncture as the world is grappling with fragile economic recovery, a refugee crisis of unprecendented proportions, growing income inequality and deepening environmental crisis. Scholars, policymakers and activists will explore the ramifications of these challenges for gender equality and social justice as well as consider alternative sustainable solutions through gender aware macroecnomic policies, innovative social arrangements transforming the gendered nature of care work/social reproudction, and  consistent application of human rights to design of programs and policies.”

 On Thursday, June 23rd, a preconference workshop will be held by the IAFFE, designed for scholars and activists new to feminist economics. Topics will include feminist economics methodologies, caring labour, diversity in economics, and global perspectives on gender and economics. The workshop will also provide career-building presentations and discussions, such as publishing feminist economics research and developing a media presence. Full details on the conference can be found at: http://www.iaffe.org/2016-annual-conference/

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