1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Lourdes Benería

Former Collaborating Researcher

Lourdes Benería has collaborated with UNRISD since 1993, authoring the pivotal chapter "Accounting for Women’s Work" in the edited volume Monitoring Social Progress in the 1990s: Data Constraints, Concerns and Priorities, as well as a chapter exploring the impacts of a number of Latin American "social emergency funds" that were put in place in the context of structural adjustment policies in the volume Adjustment and Social Sector Restructuring (1995). She also contributed a background paper "Deconstructing Poverty, Labor Market Informalization, Income Volatility and Economic Insecurity in Ecuador and Bolivia" in 2004.
Benería is a scholar of feminist economics and has been a professor Emerita at Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning since 1987. She has a PhD in economics from Columbia University, and has also worked with international organizations and served on international committees. She distributes her academic year between Cornell University and Barcelona where she is a senior associate member at the Inter-University Institute for the Study of Women and Gender. Benería has been awarded the Madalla Narcis Monturiol prize for lifetime contributions to scientific work from the Ministry of Culture of the Catalan Government (Catalonia, Spain). She served as the President of the International Association of Feminist Economics since 2003.

Key publications by Lourdes Benería include:

Gender, Development and the Global Economy: Economics as if All People Mattered (Routledge, 2003)

Rethinking Informalization: Poverty, Precarious Jobs and Social Protection (co-edited with Neema Kudva: Cornell University, 2005)

Global Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Economy (with Savitri Bisnath: Taylor and Francis, 2007)