Economies that work for women in post-war contexts

Date/Time: Mon 05 Mar / 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room N402, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

School of Social Sciences


Economies that work for women in post-war contexts

In the aftermath of war, securing adequate food, shelter and healthcare, decent work and sufficient income are immense challenges. For women, these challenges are particularly intense, due to pre-existing inequalities, women’s assigned roles as carers, and particular health needs. Typically, post-war countries are encouraged to resuscitate markets and develop the private sector in order to encourage economic growth (measured by GDP). Yet this approach, informed by neoclassical economics, only exacerbates the problems, undermining the provision of basic services and failing to provide decent livelihoods, especially for women. Can feminist alternatives to neoclassical economic models generate new solutions to the particularly acute and intensely gendered economic challenges of post-war contexts?


Dr Claire Duncanson has been a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh since 2009. Prior to her academic career, she worked for a variety of human rights and international development NGOs, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000 and Global Perspective. Her latest book, Gender and Peacebuilding, with Polity Press (2016) assesses the Women, Peace and Security agenda and calls for more feminist attention on the political economy of building peace. She has also published on gender and military issues, including a monograph on Forces for Good? Military Masculinities and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and, co-edited with Rachel Woodward, the Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Military (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

Dr Serene Ho is a Horizon 2020 postdoctoral research fellow at the Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven (Belgium). Her research sits at the intersection of land administration and public administration where she explores the social aspects of technological innovation to improve land tenure information recording, use and management. These interests are primarily pursued through the European Commission funded ‘its4land’ project based in East Africa, and through secondary research based in Europe and Australia associated with the public value associated with the adoption of 3D technologies by national mapping agencies.

Monday 5th March

11:00am – 1:00pm

N402, Level 4, Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

For more information, please contact Lesley Pruitt on 9905 0021.

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