Past ECN events



IAFFE conference – ‘The impact of austerity on women in the UK’ panel

26-29 June 2019, Caledonian Glasgow University

Three of our ECN members presented their work on how austerity has had a negative on women in the UK. 

Last year, the UN independent expert on foreign debt and human rights published a report on how austerity policies and fiscal consolidation strategies are violating women’s human rights.

At the IAFFE annual conference, we continued the discussion with three presentations:

Rebecca Suart (University of Nottingham) talked about cuts to further education and the impact on women learners;
– Harini Iyengar (barrister and Women’s Equality Party) discussed the bad implementation of the right to equal pay in the UK;
– Emily O’Hara (IDS) presented her preliminary work on the impact of funding cuts to domestic abuse prevention programmes.

You can find the papers by clicking the links on presenters’ names. 

Intersectional gender data gap roundtable

12 June 2019, University of Kent

The WBG ECN hosted the closing session on the intersectional gender data gap at FemQuant’s Gender Data Gaps event  on 12 June, University of Kent.

Feminist Economics and Development – dialogue with Diane Elson

12 April 2019, Institute of Development Studies

Our ECN members at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) organised and hosted an event in Brighton on feminist economics and development with Professor Diane Elson.

You can listen to the recording here.

Thank you, Clare, Sinead, Ayshi and Olivia for putting the event together!

ECN panel on career progression for feminist economists

15 March 2019, University of Cambridge (Gender and Working Lives Symposium)

The WBG ECN chaired a panel on career progression for feminist researchers at the symposium and we heard from three women – Caroline Metz (University of Sheffield), Victoria Bateman (University of Cambridge) and Carolina Alves (University of Cambridge) – who spoke about the challenges they face and strategies for overcoming those


A few common strands emerged from the three talks:

– the importance of structures of support to help women through their academic journeys – and setting these up if there are none;

– sharing your experiences, to help identify challenges as structural problems, instead of individual flaws;

– women’s bodies seen as problematic in academia: out of place, too distracting, sources of mysterious pains, or too revealing.


What is Feminist Economics? – launch event

24 January 2019, University of Manchester

The Women’s Budget Group ECN was officially launched in Manchester on 24 January 2019.

The event brought together researchers focusing on different areas of feminist economics and we had eight presentations by ECN members on their current research projects.

We also looked at different ways to communicate research to a wider non-academic audience.

You can view the full programme here.