Revaluing Care in the Global Economy is an ongoing international, interdisciplinary collaboration that started from a recognition that we’ve been talking about the maldistribution of carework for over a century. For at least half a century there has been a robust body of research and critical thinking across disciplines, including extensive data collection, various metrics and indices, and reams of essays decrying the fact that — around the world — carework remains badly undervalued in all senses and falls overwhelmingly to women, particularly racially or ethnically marginalized women. The standard repertoire of solutions — state-, market-, and technology-based approaches — have barely made a dent in the problem, and even modest legislative reforms are a very heavy lift.
We launched this project in 2018 to see if we could find ways to open up this question of valuing care to think about it from new perspectives. Following a two-day brainstorming workshop in April 2019, we decided to focus on three principal research areas:
1) metrics (how to measure care, how it affects care when we try to measure it)
2) governance (how laws and policies both foster and reflect normative values of care)
3) social practices (how various practices and social formations inform attention to care).
We also have started from two fundamental premises that have become even more evident since we started:
1) that social, cultural, and ecological care are all interdependent and imbricate and
2) that innovative solutions to the “crisis of care” can be found in many corners the world, particularly those that have been most suspicious of the standard repertoire of solutions
The Revaluing Care in the Global Economy project has enjoyed broad support at Duke. We particularly want to thank Eve Duffy in the Duke Office for Global Affairs, who has been the fairy godmother for this project from its inception. The Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and the Mellon-funded Humanities Unbounded program have provided both financial and administrative support. Duke’s Bass Connections program supported a parallel project that focused on questions of metrics and creating a resource hub for community partners. We have also received support from the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke in Africa Initiative, and the Duke in India Initiative.
“Value of Love” brainstorming workshop brought together 22 scholars from various social science disciplines and from around the world to Duke University. The group produced a basic research framework: that we would focus on metrics, governance, and social practices with particular attention to the imbrication of social, cultural, and ecological care.
Bass Connections grant
“Epistemologies of Care: Rethinking Global Political Economy” presentation of research at the University of Amsterdam Law School
Planned conference canceled
Humanities Unbounded grant
Summer & Fall 2020
Series of online virtual workshops that we converted into a podcast series
Vaccine Equity Project
Contesting Care virtual conference based on collaboration between Duke and the University of Exeter.
Second Bass Connections grant
Spring & Fall 2021
Series of virtual workshops supported by the Humanities Unbounded grant.
launched working papers seminars, which have continued this year in a more structured way
Fall 2021-Spring 2022
Visualizing Care series of virtual workshops and art exhibitions, culminating in the Visualizing Care online conference.
Fall 2022-Spring 2023
Created a series of work-in-progress seminars that allows authors to receive critical feedback on an article- or chapter-length piece of writing before submitting it for publication and launched an open-access. Developed a Zotero-based bibliography that allows people to add entries for work that contributes to the conversation about revaluing social, cultural, or ecological care. We are offering course development mini-grants to work with instructors to incorporate bibliography entries into their teaching so that we can expand the bibliography. We are interested in collaborating with instructors from around the world who can expand beyond the Euro-North American and English-language emphasis we currently have.
Who we are
Jocelyn Olcott is Professor of History; International Comparative Studies; and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her first book, Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, explores questions of gender and citizenship in the 1930s. Her second book, International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History considers the history and legacies of the United Nation’s first world conference on women in 1975 in Mexico City (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her current project, a biography of the activist and folksinger Concha Michel, a one-time Communist who became an icon of maternalist feminism and a vocal advocate for recognizing the economic importance of subsistence labors, is under contract with Duke University Press. The book follows Michel’s life story from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth to examine the ways that the concept, labor, and policies surrounding “motherhood” articulated with major shifts in political-economic thought. She has also embarked on an international, interdisciplinary project centered on rethinking the value of care labors broadly speaking, including not only dependent and household care but also, for example, environmental, community, cultural, and sexual care.
Tania Rispoli (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in Romance Studies, with an emphasis in Feminist Studies at Duke University. She works on Feminist theories of work and care, with a focus on second-wave feminists movements vis à vis techno-feminism and contemporary movements, such as Ni Una Menos, Black Lives Matter and for climate justice. She is author of the article Immediacy, Mediation, and Feminist Logistics for Philosophy and Public Issues and together with Miriam Tola she wrote an article on Feminist Studies on mutual aid in Italy during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also translated from English into Italian Hardt & Negri, Assembly; Mezzadra & Nielsen, The Politics of Operations. Excavating Contemporary Capitalism. With Jocelyn Olcott she runs the research network Revaluing Care in the Global Economy, and, together with Jocelyn Olcott and Lauren Henschel she created the project Visualizing Care, which brings artists and academics in conversation around the question of how we represent or imagine care through mixed media contemporary arts.
Samia Akhter-Khan is a PhD candidate at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London. Her main research interests are in the areas of global mental health and healthy aging. She has been researching older adults’ loneliness in Myanmar and in the Framingham Heart Study for several years and is now focusing on participatory interventions for reducing loneliness by valuing care in her PhD. Since 2019, she has been part of Revaluing Care in the Global Economy and joined the advisory board in 2023.
Marija is Professor of Transnational Private Law at the Amsterdam Law School and the Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law. She teaches several courses, including ‘Private law in European and International Perspective’ and ‘Law as a Change-Maker’. Marija has acquired her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, with a thesis Legitimacy and European Private Law.
Marija has held appointments as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School, Boston University and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law in Hamburg. She was also a Teaching Fellow at the VMU in Kaunas, Lithuania. Marija serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Euromemorandum Group, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ius Commune Research School..
Marija’s research agenda revolves around the relationship between law and social change. In her VENI research project ‘Bringing Democracy to Markets: TTIP and the Politics of Knowledge in Postnational Governance’ (funded by Dutch Research Council), Marija explores the co-constututive relationship between institutions (democratic or not), laws and expert knowledge in the re-shaping of global political economy. At present, Marija is completing a manuscript, titled ‘Toward a New Collective Imaginary’, which aims to articulate the imaginary of progress that will come to replace the neoliberal one.
Marija’s new research project explores the possible contribution of law, and private law in particular, to the socio-ecological transformation. She has been recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant for a project titled ‘Law as a Vehicle of Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices. In this research project she fucuses on the question how private law could nurture socially and environmentally non-extractive economic practices.
Market Imaginaries and European Private Law, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 2019; and P. Kjear, The Law of Political Economy, CUP 2019.
Internal Market Rationality: In the Way of Re-imagining the Future, European Law Journal 1/2018.
Contesting Austerity: On the Limits of the EU ‘Knowledge’ Governance (Journal of Law and Society, 1/2017).
Making transnational markets: the institutional politics behind the TTIP (‘Europe and the World: A Law Review’, University College London Press, 1/2017).
Regulatory Convergence through the Backdoor: TTIP’s Regulatory Cooperation and the Future of Precaution in Europe (German Law Journal, 4/2017).
with C. Leone: Minimum Harmonisation and Article 16 CFR: Difficult Times Ahead for Social Legislation?, in H. Collins, S. Grundmann, ‘EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and European Contract Law’, Intersentia, 2017.
Internal Market Rationality, Private Law and the Direction of the Union: Resuscitating the Market as the Object of the Political (European Law Journal, 4/2015).
The Way We Do Europe: Subsidiarity and the Substantive Democratic Deficit (European Law Journal, 1/2015).
Suzanne Bergeron teaches Economics, and Women and Gender Studies. She is interested in Gender, Global Political Economy, Social and Solidarity Economies, Caring Labor. Her most recent publications include:
“Care in times of pandemic: rethinking meanings of work in the university,” Gender, Work & Organization, 2022 (with Özlem Altan-Olcay)
“Feminist Economics and Social and Solidarity Economy,” in Encyclopedia of Social and Solidarity Economy, 2022.
“Moving past the cooptation narrative: Gender and development as a site of ethical negotiation” in Gender and Global Restructuring, Runyan and Marchand, eds. (forthcoming).
Liberating Economics: Feminist Perspectives on Families, Work, and Globalization, 2nd Edition. Drucilla K. Barker, Suzanne Bergeron, and Susan F. Feiner. University of Michigan Press, 2020
“Developing a New Research Agenda for Feminist Post-Conflict Reconstruction,” with Carol Cohn and Claire Duncanson in Politics and Gender, 2017.
“Transgressing Development: Beyond Smart Economics” in Ana Cecelia Dinerstein, ed., Social Sciences for an Other Politics, 2017.
“Formal, Informal and Care Economies.” The Oxford Companion to Feminist Theory, Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Ditch, eds. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
“Beyond the ‘Business Case:’ A Community Economies Approach to Gender and Development” (co-authored with Stephen Healy). In Peter Utting, ed., Social and Solidarity Economy: Beyond the Fringe. London: Zed Press, 2015.
Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor and Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies, Black Studies, Global Studies, and History, University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing on home-based work, social reproduction, and intimate labor. Her books include Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care  with Rachel Parreñas co-editor, and Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State, with Jennifer Klein [2012, 2015], winner of the Sara A. Whaley Prize on Women and Work. She was PI for “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity;” “Enforcement Strategies for Empowerment: Models for the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” and “The Labor of Care.” She is part of the US team of the Trans-Atlantic Partnership Platform, NSF funded, project, “Who Cares? Care and Pandemics in Transnational Perspective”
Alioscia Castronovo is an anthropologist and gained a Phd in Urban Studies at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and Social Anthropology at IDAES UNSAM, Argentina, with an ethnographic thesis on self-management of labor and socio-spatial conflicts, with Veronica Gago and Carlo Cellamare as supervisors; he developed his fieldwork with recuperated factories and popular economies cooperatives in Buenos Aires, where he lived seven years and participated to several research programs. He is actually lecturer at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, Department of Political and Social Sciences, and coordinates with Verónica Gago and Cristina Cielo a Superior Degree of Popular and Feminist Economies at the Latin American Council of Social Sciences CLACSO; he also coordinates two Collective Research Projects at the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (on Popular Economies and Planetary Commune).
He is member of the International Advisory Board of the Network Revaluing Care in the Global Economy, of CESE – Center of Social Studies of Economy, Argentina, of the International Workers’ Economy Network and the Latin American CLACSO Research Group “Popular Economies: mapping theory and practices” (2016-2025), where he is facilitator and manages website, social networks and multimedia communication. He published several articles in italian, spanish and english on scientific international reviews, such as South Atlantic Quarterly (where he also co-edited an Against the Day dossier on the popular uprising in Colombia), Public Culture, Tracce Urbane, Revista Iconos, ACME, Scienze del Territorio and Quaderni di Urbanistica. His first book “Territories of the Common” will be published by Lettera22 Edizioni in Italy. He was involved for several years into independent communication, as coordinator of student’s movement media, radio programs and podcasts; since 2012 he is editor of the italian independent media Dinamopress, member of the editorial board of the Journal DinamoPrint, and collaborates with several independent media in Europe and Latin America.
Kelly Dombroski is Associate Professor of Human Geography at Massey University, in New Zealand. Her major research work is a five-year Rutherford fellowship titled Transitioning to Caring Economies through Transformative Community Investment, which includes fieldwork and supervision in the wider Asia-Pacific region. She publishes in the areas of feminist and economic geography, community economies, diverse economies, and urban commons. She is East Asia editor at Asia-Pacific Viewpoint, and associate editor at New Zealand Geographer. Her forthcoming book with University of Minnesota Press is titled Caring for Life: A postdevelopment politics of infant hygiene. Among her recent publications, there are:
Gibson-Graham JK; Dombroski K (Ed.) (2020) The Handbook of Diverse Economies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Yates, A., Dombroski, K., & Dionisio, R. (2022). Dialogues for wellbeing in an ecological emergency: Wellbeing-led governance frameworks and transformative Indigenous tools. Dialogues in Human Geography, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/20438206221102957
Diprose G., Dombroski K., Sharp E., Yates A., Peryman B. and Barnes M. (2023) Emerging transitions in organic waste infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nzg.12348.
Do Thi H. and Dombroski K. (2022) Diverse more-than-human approaches to climate change adaptation in Thai Binh, Vietnam. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 63(1): 25-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apv.12329.
Dombroski K., Duojie C. and McKinnon K. (2022) Surviving well: From diverse economies to community economies in Asia-Pacific. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 63(1): 5-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apv.12337.
Nancy Folbre Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the author of The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems: An Intersectional Political Economy (Verso, 2021), editor of For Love and Money: Care Work in the U.S. (Russell Sage, 2012), and the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2008), and The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001). She has also written widely for a popular audience, including contributions to the New York Times Economix blog, The Nation, and the American Prospect. Check out her blog, Care Talk, For more professional details, see my academic vita as of 2018.
She retired as Professor of Economics in order to devote more time to reading, writing, research, illustration, and communication, not to mention various other entertainments. She is currently directing a research program at the Political Economy Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and enjoy an appointment as Senior Scholar at the Levy Institute of Bard College.
She does a modest amount of public speaking and consulting. Feel free to contact me via the email above for further information.
Arturo Escobar is a Colombian-American anthropologist and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. His academic research interests include political ecology, anthropology of development, social movements, anti-globalization movements, political ontology, and postdevelopment theory.
Escobar’s approach to anthropology is largely informed by the poststructuralist and postcolonialist traditions and centered around two recent developments: subaltern studies and the idea of a World Anthropologies Network (WAN). His research interests are related to political ecology; the anthropology of development, social movements; Latin American development and politics. Escobar’s research uses critical techniques in his provocative analysis of development discourse and practice in general. He also explores possibilities for alternative visions for a postdevelopment era.
He is a major figure in the post-development academic discourse, and a serious critic of development practices championed by western industrialized societies. According to Escobar, the problem with development is that it is external and based on the model of the industrialized world; instead, what is needed instead are more “endogenous discourses”(Pieterse, 2010).
His last books include:
2020. Pluriversal Politics: The Real and the Possible. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2018. Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
2016. Territorios de diferencia. Lugar, movimientos, vida, redes Popayán. Editorial Universidad del Cauca. Colombia, 2016.
2016. Autonomía y diseño. La realización de lo comunal Popayán. Editorial Universidad del Cauca. Colombia, 2016.
2014. Feel-thinking with the Earth (in Spanish: Sentipensar con la tierra). Medellin, Colombia: Ediciones Unaula, 2014.
2012. La invención del desarrollo Popayán. Editorial Universidad del Cauca. Colombia, 2012.
She teaches political science at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and is professor of sociology at the Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM). As a researcher at the National Council of Research (CONICET), she is also part of GIIF (Group for Feminist Research and Intervention). Gago is the author of Neoliberalism from Below: Popular Pragmatics and Baroque Economies (Duke University Press, 2017), Feminist International (Verso 2020), is co-author of A Feminist Reading of Debt, with Luci Cavallero (Pluto Press 2021), and of numerous articles published in journals and books throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She is a member of the independent radical collective press Tinta Limón. She is part of the scientific board of different academic journals: Critical Times (Berkeley University), Hypatia. A journal of feminist philosophy (Oregon University), Scripta Nova. Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales (Universidad de Barcelona), Dialogues in Human Geography, (Sage Journals) and Revista Bajo el Volcán, (Benemérita Universidad de Puebla, México). She was visiting professor and lecturer at different universities in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Unites States, Germany, Chile, Brasil, Colombia, Perú, and México.
Pedro Augusto Gravatá Nicoli é Professor da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) e membro do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Direito da UFMG. É Doutor, Mestre e Bacharel em Direito pela UFMG. Concluiu dois pós-doutorados, um na UFMG em 2015 e outro em temporada como professor visitante no departamento de Gênero, Sexualidade e Estudos Feministas da Duke University, nos Estados Unidos (2019-2020), ambos com bolsa CAPES. Foi pesquisador visitante no Collège de France, na Organização Internacional do Trabalho, no Instituto de Estudos Avançados de Nantes e na Universidade de Estrasburgo. É coordenador do Diverso UFMG – Núcleo Jurídico de Diversidade Sexual e de Gênero. É coordenador da Formação Transversal em Direitos Humanos da UFMG. Desenvolve pesquisas em Direito do Trabalho, Direito Social e Direitos Humanos, especialmente em temas como precariedade, informalidade, margens do mundo do trabalho, gênero, sexualidade, epistemologias dissidentes, cuidado, exclusão social e jurídica e vulnerabilidade. (Texto informado pelo autor)
Possui graduação em Ciências Sociais pela Universidade de Brasília (1971), mestrado em Sociologia pela Universidade de Brasília (1974), doutorado em Sociologia pela Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983), pós-doutorado pelo SPURS-Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) no Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993-1994) e livre-docência em Sociologia do Trabalho pela Universidade de São Paulo (2002).
É membro titular da Academia Brasileira de Ciências. Docente do Departamento de Sociologia da Universidade de São Paulo (desde 1999), é Professora Titular em Sociologia do Trabalho (desde 2008). Foi também professora nos departamentos de sociologia das universidades de Brasília (1971-1973) e Federal da Bahia (1974-1995). Foi Professora Visitante do Program in Latin American Studies da Princeton University (2007), Distinguished Visiting Professor do Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, na University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2018), Professora Convidada da Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2019).
É Pesquisadora I-A do CNPq, associada ao Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP), desde 1995, tendo participado, entre 2002 e 2017 da equipe do Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM), onde foi responsável, entre 2009 e 2012, pela Direção do Instituto Nacional para Estudos da Metrópole (Programa CNPq/MCT).
É também pesquisadora associada ao Institute for Employment Research da University of Warwick (UK). É membro do Comitê Diretor da Rede Internacional e Interdisciplinar “Marché du Travail et Genre”, MAGE (Paris, França). Foi pesquisadora associada do Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (ORSTOM), na França (1989-1991) e Pesquisadora Visitante do Princeton Institute on International and Regional Studies (2008), nos Estados Unidos. e do Centre of Latin American Studies da Universidade de Cambridge, Inglaterra (2016/2017).
Compôs comitês de avaliação científica no Brasil (como o Comitê Assessor do CNPq/Sociologia, em 1989-91 e 2003-05) e no exterior (como o Regional Advisory Panel for Latin America and the Caribbean do Social Sciences Research Council/SSRC,EUA, em 2000-2001).
Foi Editora responsável de: Cadernos CRH (1989-2001) e Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo (1996-1998), assim como membro da Comissão Editorial da Tempo Social (2003-2009) e da Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo (2010- 2014).
Por sua experiência de pesquisa em Sociologia Econômica e do Trabalho, tem publicado e orientado em temas como: mudança econômica, reestruturação das firmas e trajetórias dos trabalhadores; desigualdades de gênero e raça no mercado e locais de trabalho; desemprego, procura de trabalho e mecanismos de intermediação de empregos; as novas relações de emprego e os desafios de sua teorização; o cuidado e as trabalhadoras do cuidado.
Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez is working on issues of decolonial mourning, creolising conviviality, institutional racism and affect in higher education, human rights and the coloniality of migration. Gutiérrez Rodríguez studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Romance Studies (Francophone and Latin American Studies) at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, Université Lumière II, Lyon and Quito, Ecuador. Previous to her appointment in Giessen as Chair in Sociology, she was a Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Studies in the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department at the University of Manchester, UK and an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftliche Assistentin) in Sociology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Hamburg. She also worked as a research coordinator and lecturer at the International Women’s University (IFU) in Hanover, Germany. Further, she has been also invited to conduct master’s classes in other universities in Germany, the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago.
Her teaching and research engage with questions of global inequalities and their local articulation particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. Further, she is interested in post/Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and their application to the field of migration, labour and culture. Her current work is on affective labour/materialities, institutional racism, racial capitalism and the coloniality of migration.
Dr Wendy Harcourt joined the ISS in November 2011 after 23 years at the Society for International Development, Rome as Editor of the journal Development and Director of Programmes. She has edited 10 books and her monograph: ‘Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development’ published by Zed Books in 2009, received the 2010 Feminist Women Studies Association Book Prize. She is series editor of both the Palgrave Gender, Development and Social Change and the ISS-Routledge Series on Gender, Development and Sexuality, a member of the International Governing Council of the Society for International Development as well as actively involved in gender and development journal boards and civil society networks.
She is Coordinator of the Research Group on Civic Innovation, Chair of the ISS Institute Council as well as Coordinator of the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender, and Community).
Natalia Hernández Fajardo is actually a PhD Student at Salerno University in Politics and Communication, she studies sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and holds a Master in Epistemology from the South in CLACSO. She’s a feminist activist, member of Revista Amazonas and of transnational networks related to feminism and migration, as the Global Feminist Action. During the last ten years she participated in experiences of autonomous, community and popular feminist processes through serigraphy, audiovisual arts and writing, as an attempt to mix different forms of research and political action. As an independent researcher she is interested in the relationships between capitalistic accumulation, colonialism and gender-based violence, Indigenous women and territories in Colombia and Argentina, both from political ecology and feminist perspectives. She co-edited the dossier From National strike to social uprising in Colombia for the section Against The Day in South Atlantic Quarterly, April 2022, and collaborates with independent media writing on social conflicts and feminist resistances in Latin America.
Richard is an Intellectual Forum Senior Research Associate.
Richard Itaman coordinates the research on the feasibility of creating a fossil-free bond index, alongside supporting its creation.
He currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development in Africa, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. His research and teaching are in the fields of financial development, structural transformation, sustainable finance, macroeconomics and the political economy of development in Africa.
In his research on financial development, he undertook a re-examination of the finance-growth nexus following the 2008 financial crisis, by revisiting the empirical methods of the threshold literature and the implications of the conclusions drawn for development in sub-Saharan African countries. His contribution to the finance-growth nexus literature is by deriving a link between the political economy debate on the productiveness of finance or lack thereof, and the nexus. He then separated financial services value-added from GDP to account for potential non-productiveness of finance given contestations in the Systems of National Accounts (SNA) and re-estimated the relationship between finance and growth. His findings support the narrative that financial deepening has no absolute positive impact on growth.
His work on structural transformation investigates the importance of finance for structural transformation and the potential of rent-seeking activities in specific contexts to distort the flow of finance to the real sectors. He also explores how industrial policy success is hinged on demand-led structural change, pointing out the importance of domestic market formation for structural transformation.
His research has been published in peer-review journals such as Development and Change, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Journal of Economic Surveys and Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics. He has analysed the current model of financing development in Africa for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), making a case for bolder financing approach to Africa’s development. He is a regular contributor to blogs such as Developing Economics, The Conversation, OECD Development Matters, among others.
Before joining Jesus College, University of Cambridge, Richard was Lecturer in Comparative Political Economy and Development in the Department of International Development at King’s College London. He previously taught economics at the University of Bath, University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He served as Co-ordinator for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Young Scholars’ Initiative.
He has a wealth of teaching experience that includes courses such as Microeconomics and Macroeconomic Analyses; Economics of Development; Macroeconomics of Institutions, Instability and the Financial System; The Political Economy of Market Reforms; The Political Economy of Public Finance in Emerging Economies; Emerging Market Economies of East Europe, Russia, China and other Transition Economies; Project Management for International Development; Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy; Political Economy of Financial Development, among others.
He brings his experience in finance from Barclays Bank and microfinance banking in Nigeria to his research and teaching. He has also consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Commonwealth, and made significant contribution to the 2018 Commonwealth Trade Review report by analysing intra- and extra-commonwealth trade and investment and their impact on member states.
Richard holds a PhD in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London.
Katharine is a human geographer whose work engages with community economies, gender, development and care. For the past 20 years she has worked with a broad range of communities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, engaging in qualitative and participatory social research for community learning and development.
Katharine’s research is driven by a curiosity about how our human communities structure efforts to act upon the world, and, in particular, to transform it for the better. Efforts to better the world take place in many different contexts and the professionalisation of these efforts is well established in the fields of community development, social enterprise, agronomy, health and education. Her current research considers questions of: how to achieve gender equity in ways that suit the lives and livelihoods of people in their different places and communities; how to reshape enterprises and organisations around priorities of care and inclusivity; and how to put an ethics of care for people and environment at the heart of economies and livelihoods.
Katharine has published extensively on topics of community learning and development, and economies of care. Her most recent book, Birthing Work: The Collective Labour of Childbirth highlights the human and more-than-human interdependence that is at the foundation of family life and livelihood. Her work on community development practice in northern Thailand is published as a monograph in Development Professionals in Northern Thailand: Hope, Politics and Practice (2012). She has contributed to several key texts in her field, including The Handbook of Diverse Economies, Postdevelopment in Practice, Sage Handbook of Human Geography and the Blackwell A Companion to Social Geography. Her work has also been published in leading journals in the discipline, including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Social and Cultural Geography, Area and Geoforum.
Annemarie Mol is professor of Anthropology of the Body. In her work she combines the ethnographic study of practices with the task of shifting our theoretical repertoires. Her most important research lines to date:
The words – language as practice
Saying ‘lekker’ (in Dutch) is not quite the same as saying ‘tasty’ or ‘delicious’ (in English) and both these terms differ from ‘nice’. A lot may be learned from attending in detail to words, their contexts and their effects.
The object – multiplicity
Objects of knowledge may be understood as focal points of different perspectives. But it is also possible to trace how they are being handled (sliced, questioned, coloured, cooked up) in varied knowledge practices. If we do the latter, then it appears that objects-in-practice (say ‘anaemia’, ‘atherosclerosis’, or ‘body’) tend to come in many versions. These versions are both different and interdependent: multiple.
The process – care
Decision trees suggest linear ways of working where one thing follows from and after the other. However, in many practices, care practices included, time is not an arrow and entities are not brought into being just once, but keep on changing. Rather than fitting fantasies of control,such processes depend on endless tinkering. Such tinkering, if done well, is care.
The site – topologies
Everything happens somewhere. And then things travel between places. But in which kind of space to situate events, techniques and objects? There are various topological figures to consider, such as regions, networks, fluids and fires. They each order and allow for travel, boundaries, similarity and difference – differently.
The engagement – eating as relating
What happens if we take ‘eating’ as a model of what it is to know, to act and/or to relate? This is the research project that Mol currently works on with the Eating Bodies in Practice and Theory team. As a part of this project we take a fresh look at what it is to eat. What, in practice, are tasting, digesting, wasting, thriving, appreciating? What kind of relations between organisms does ‘eating’ craft and encourage? What is ‘an eating body’ and where does it begin and end? How does ‘eating’ enduringly change the world?
Professor Jennifer Nedelsky joined Osgoode in January 2018. She was previously Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto and Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Social Justice. Her teaching and scholarship have been concentrated on Feminist Theory, Legal Theory, American Constitutional History and Interpretation, and Comparative Constitutionalism.
Her most recent book, Law’s Relations: A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law (2011) won the C.B. Macpherson Prize, awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association. She is currently completing a jointly authored manuscript (with Tom Malleson), A Care Manifesto: (Part) Time for All (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).
Once the book is done, Professor Nedelsky [BA (Rochester); MA and PhD (Chicago)] will return to her book manuscript, Judgment in Law and Life, building on Hannah Arendt’s unfinished theory of judgment. She will also be developing a larger partnership project on restructuring work and care.
Graduate Research Supervision (LLM): Professor Nedelsky is currently particularly interested in three research areas: 1. The organization of care and of work, as she has recently finished a co-authored book, part-time for all: a care manifesto (oxford, 2023). 2. The role of property law in the climate emergency and its link to inequality. This includes issues of care for the earth. 3. Theories of judgment. She is working on a book MS on Arendtian judgment. She is also interested in legal theory topics generally, with a particular interest how a relational approach to law helps analyze topics in many different areas PF law (Law’s Relations, Oxford 2011). She is also interested in the ways that gender and feminist theory intersect with multiple fields of law. Although Indigenous law is not an area of her research expertise, she has previously supervised dissertations in this area and would be keen to join committees. She has also supervised dissertations on mental health law, legal education, judgment, sex trafficking, and human rights, and has been part of doctoral committees on administrative law and political theory.
Shelley Park is a professor of philosophy and cultural studies whose work centers on queer kinship, intimacies, and care. The author of Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood, her previous work centered on non-normative forms of kinship. Her current research focuses on how technological solutions to the “care crisis” in the global North (re)shape our understandings of, and practices of, intimacy and care. As part of this larger project, she is especially interested in how and why technologies of care are racialized and gendered. Shelley is currently working on a monograph tentatively entitled “Helicopter Mothers and Smart Homes: The Deployment of White Femininity as a Surveillance Device.” She works at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, located on the traditional homelands of the Timucua, Seminole, and Tocobaga peoples.
Anju Mary Paul is Visiting Professor of Social Research and Public Policy. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (First Class Honors) from the National University of Singapore, a Master’s in Journalism from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Paul is an international migration scholar. Paul’s research interests include emergent migration patterns, particularly to, from, and within Asia, gender and labor, globalization, domestic work, care policy, and science policy. She is the author of Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labor Market (Cambridge University Press 2017) and Asian Scientists on the Move: Changing Science in a Changing Asia (Cambridge University Press 2021). She is also the editor of Local Encounters in a Global City(Ethos Books 2017). Her research has been published in top journals in sociology and migration studies, including the American Journal of Sociology; Social Forces; Migration Studies; the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Gender, Place & Culture; Global Networks; and Ethnic and Racial Studies. She is currently leading a transnational project, the Global Care Policy Index, which quantitatively scores countries on the degree of social and labor policy protections they provide unpaid family caregivers and paid domestic workers.
Prior to joining NYU, Paul served as an inaugural faculty member at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She has won numerous awards for her research, including the 2018 Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the 2018 Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA. In 2020, Paul was also awarded the Yale-NUS College Distinguished Teaching Excellence Recognition Award.
Riikka Prattes is a Research Fellow at the School of Education, Culture, and Society at Monash University in Melbourne. She holds a Mag.a phil. (MA equivalent) in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought from the Institute for Social Justice at ACU Sydney. Before joining Monash, Riikka held postdoctoral positions at the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies program at Duke and was a visiting research fellow at Paris Lodron University Salzburg.
Riikka’s scholarship engages with gender (including men and masculinities), care work and care ethics, and decolonial theory. Her work has been published in top journals such as Feminist Theory and Men and Masculinities. Her German-language publications include the book Junge Männer und Feminismus. Ein sozialanthropologischer Blick auf Männlichkeitskonstruktionen im Kontext Österreichs. (Engl: Young Men and Feminism. A Social Anthropological View on the Construction of Masculinities in the Austrian Context). She is a recipient of the Gabriele-Possanner advancement prize, awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research for outstanding research promoting gender equality. The excellence of Riikka’s teaching has also received praise, and she was recognized among the top 5% for course quality and instructor quality at Trinity College (Duke University).
Currently, Riikka works on the Australian Research Council-funded project “Addressing the Deficit in Men’s Participation in Paid Care Work” with colleagues Karla Elliott and Steven Roberts. She also works on a book manuscript tentatively titled Bodies of Knowledge: Masculinities, Embodiment and Domestic Work.
Supriya Routh is an Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. His research interests include theoretical conceptualizations of work and labour law, workers’ organization initiatives, international labour law, atypical and informal workers in the global South, human rights, and human development and sustainability. Supriya has an internationally-recognized research agenda in labour and employment law with an emphasis on the legal exclusion of the vast majority of non-industrial workers in the global South. He often engages the disciplines of law, political philosophy, and sociology in his socio-legal research. His research agenda combines empirical investigation with theoretical exploration.
Supriya’s current SSHRC-funded research (2020-2022) examines indigenous normative ideas on the relationship between work/livelihood and sustainability. By examining the idea of sustainable development as contemplated by the Tsilhqot’in nation in British Columbia, his research aims to contribute to non-Eurocentric legal imaginations in regulating sustainable development by generating empirical data and contributing to the theoretical literature on law, postcolonialism, and development. Supriya is a co-investigator in another SSHRC-funded research (2021-2024) led by Judy Fudge (McMaster University) that seeks to examine the complex interaction among modern slavery laws, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and worker-led social responsibility initiatives in addressing the problem of forced labour and modern slavery in global supply chains. This socio-legal research will evaluate modern slavery laws, policy literature, and undertake qualitative interviews in Canada, Bangladesh, and Honduras (following some selected Canadian corporations’ supply chains) in developing a better understanding of transnational legal governance and its implications for modern slavery laws in curbing forced labour and modern slavery from global supply chains involving Canadian corporations. Supriya is also a co-investigator in an international project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) (2021-2024) led by Julie Motte-Baumvol (Université de Paris), which will examine social protection for ageing migrants in their origin and destination countries. This research will analyze legal transfers, cross-fertilization, and hybridization among legal systems entangled in the migrant movements. As part of this project, Supriya will evaluate legal entitlements of migrant workers in India.
Supriya is the author of Enhancing Capabilities through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India (Routledge, 2014) and academic journal articles in the areas of labour law, informal workers, trade unionism, regulation of work and environment, corporate social responsibility, right to information, and legal education. He is the co-editor (with Vando Borghi) of Workers and the Global Informal Economy: Interdisciplinary Perspective(Routledge, 2016). He has also co-authored/co-edited teaching and reference books, namely, the Labour and Employment Law: Cases, Materials, and Commentary, Ninth Edition (Irwin Law, 2018), and Amartya Sen and Law (Routledge, 2020).
Supriya teaches Contracts, Individual Employment Relationships, Labour Law, and co-teaches (with several colleagues) the introductory Legal Process course. Prior to joining UVic, he taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) in India.
Supriya accepts graduate students (LLM and PhD) in the broad areas of labour and employment law; sustainable development and law / regulation of livelihoods and sustainability; critical studies of human rights; socio-legal studies on social movements; and socio-legal theory.
Felwine Sarr is a humanist, philosopher, economist, and musician and the Anne-Marie Bryan Chair in French and Francophone Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Afrotopia (University of Minnessota Press, 2019, tr. by Drew S. Burk). Well-known for his groundbreaking report “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage: Toward a New Relational Ethics,” Sarr taught at the University of Gaston-Berger in Saint Louis, Senegal, where he was previously dean of its Economics and Management department. His research focuses on economic policies, the development economy, econometrics, epistemology, and the history of religious ideas. In addition to Afrotopia, he has published the meditative essay Dahij (Gallimard, 2009), the collection of short stories 105, rue Carnot, the philosophical text Méditations africaines (Mémoire d’encrier, 2011), as well as the essay “Habiter le monde” and the collection “Ishindenshin,” both published by Mémoire d’Encrier. Further, he cofounded the Laboratory for the Analysis of Societies and Powers/Africa-Diasporas (LASPAD) in Saint Louis, as well as the publishing company Jimsaan in Dakar. In 2016, he co-created with Achille Mbembe the annual Dakar and Saint Louis workshops Ateliers de la pensée, which sought to stimulate a “non-colonial” school of thought. Sarr also co-founded with Achille Mbembe the Ateliers de la pensée’s doctoral school.
Samita Sen received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1992 and was JRF at Trinity College, 1990-1994. She taught at Calcutta University and Jadavpur University from 1994 to 2018. In this period, between 2013 and 2015, she served as First Vice-Chancellor, Diamond Harbour Women’s University. She was also Dean, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (Jadavpur University), 2016-2018.
Her monograph, Women and Labour in Late Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 1999) won the Trevor Reese Prize in Commonwealth History. She has published extensively on gender and labour. Her specialization is colonial South Asia but she has also done contemporary and interdisciplinary research on issues such as domestic violence and labour in the informal sector. She is a member of editorial boards of various academic journals, including Modern Asian Studies and South Asian History and Culture. She edited Global South: Sephis e-Magazine, one of the first online journals and a south-south platform for young scholars, from 2004 to 2014.
She has been active in the women’s movement in India and internationally. She participated in both the governmental and non-governmental fora of the Beijing Conference (1995). She has been a member of a Calcutta-based voluntary association of women, Sachetana, since 1983.
Sarah F Small, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of economics at the University of Utah. She earned her PhD in economics at Colorado State University and was previously a research fellow at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University, and a research associate at Root Policy Research. She is the book review editor for Feminist Economics and her research focuses on a variety of topics including intrahousehold bargaining, care work, history of feminist economic thought, and feminist methodology. In addition to publishing several grant-funded policy reports, Sarah has recently published academic articles in the following journals: Review of Radical Political Economics, History of Political Economy, Forum for Social Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, and Feminist Economics.
Joan Tronto is one of the most prominent political theorists working in care ethics. She is mentioned twice in Kim, H. J. and B. Grofman (2019). “The Political Science 400: With Citation Counts by Cohort, Gender, and Subfield.” PS: Political Science & Politics 52(2): 296-311; she is among the top 25 active political theorists and among the top 40 women political scientists in all fields. Tronto’s h index, reported by google, is 39 (November 30, 2021).
Among her numerous publications, she authored (and co-authored) the following books:
Co-Editor, Posthuman and Political Care Ethics for Reconfiguring Higher Education Pedagogies ed. Vivienne
Bozalek, Michalinos Zembylas, Joan Tronto (London: Routledge 2021).
Who Cares? How to Reshape a Democratic Politics (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015). 48 pp.
[Co-authored and translated into Japanese: Yayo Okano, Who Cares?: For a new form of democracy. [Kea
Surunoha Dareka Atarashii Minshusugi no Katachi e ケアするのは誰か?–新しい民主主義のかたちへ] (Tokyo: Hakutaku sha, 2020).
Caring Democracy: Markets, Justice and Equality (New York: NYU Press, 2013).
[Translated and republished in Korean, trans. Hee Kang Kim, 자상 한 민주주의 2014. 2nd ed. 2021.]
Le risque ou le “care”? Tr. Fabienne Brugére. (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2012). 57 pp.
[Translated and republished in Spanish, trans. Agustina Blanco, ¿Riesgo o Cuidado ? Epub, Buenos Aires :
Fondación Medifé Edita, 2020.]
Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care. (New York, Routledge, 1993).
[Translated and republished: Confini morali: Un argomento politico per L’etica della cura, A cura di Alessandra
Facchi, Tr. Nicola Riva. Reggio Emilia: Edizioni Diabasis, 2006][Translated and republished: Une monde vulnérable : Une proposition politique pour fonder l’éthique du care. Tr. Hervé Maury, Paris : La Découverte, 2009]
[Translated and republished: Για μια πολιτική της μέριμνας (care) σ’ έναν ευάλωτο κόσμο. Athens : Polity, 2011.]
Co-Editor, Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader ed. Cathy Cohen, Kathy Jones, Joan Tronto (New York: New
York University Press, 1997).
Yolonda Wilson holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include bioethics, social and political philosophy, race theory, and feminist philosophy. She is broadly interested in the nature and limits of the state’s obligations to rectify historic and continuing injustice, particularly in the realm of health care, and is developing an account of justice that articulates specific requirements for racial justice in health care at the end of life.
Her recent article, “Intersectionality in Clinical Medicine: The Need for a Conceptual Framework,” is a consideration on applying intersectionality’s intellectual approach (how race, gender, and other social identities converge in order to create unique forms of oppression) in the clinical environment. Professor Wilson is the lead editor of a forthcoming special issue of The Journal of Social Philosophy entitled Exploring Racial Injustice. Her article, “A Postmortem on Postraciality,” will appear in that issue. Presently, Professor Wilson is at work on a monograph, Black Death: Racial Justice, Priority-Setting, and Care at the End of Life. She uses racial disparities in end of life care to argue that, given historic and continuing racial injustice leading to African Americans being unfairly burdened with ill health, African Americans have a special justice claim on health care.
Additionally, Professor Wilson’s public scholarship on issues of bioethics, race, and gender has appeared in The Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum and The Conversation and has been republished in outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon.com, and The Philly Voice. Her article for The Conversation, “Why Black Women’s Experiences of #MeToo Are Different,” was re-published internationally and forms the basis for an edited volume on feminist philosophy and #MeToo. Her media appearances include outlets such as Al Jazeera English and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio.
Professor Wilson has worked as a visiting scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. She believes that the philosophic endeavor is enriched when diverse voices are at the table, and she is committed to broadening the discipline.