1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Diane Elson

Former Collaborating Researcher

Diane Elson has collaborated with UNRISD over a number of years. Most recently, she wrote a chapter, Social Reproduction in the Global Crisis: Rapid Recovery or Long-Lasting Depletion?, in the 2012 volume The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change. Previously, she was part of the research team for the project Gender Justice, Development and Rights (2000-2002), for which she wrote a paper Social Policy and Macroeconomic Performance: Integrating the Economic and the Social. At the time of her collaboration, Elson was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Previously, she worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and for Manchester University where she was Chair in Development Studies. Her research and teaching interests were in global social change and the realisation of human rights with a particular focus on gender inequality. She edited Male Bias in the Development Process (1995); co-edited Special Issues of World Development on Gender, Adjustment and Macroeconomics (1995); Growth, Trade, Finance and Gender Inequality (2000) and the UNIFEM Report on Progress of the World's Women (2000).