Haroon Akram-Lodhi

BOARD MEMBER, 2018-2021

Trent University
Peterborough, Canada

Haroon is Professor of Economics and International Development Studies in the Department of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies and an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics. A Fellow of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy, he is also: an Associated Research Professor of the Academic Unit in Development Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico; Adjunct Professor in International Development Studies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada; Adjunct Member to the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada; Adjunct Professor of Economics in the Master's in Development Practice program at the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, USA; and a Visiting Scholar in that School's Institute for Developing Nations.

Trained as an economist, the focus of Haroon Akram-Lodhi's research interest is in the engendered political economy of agrarian change in developing countries, on the economic dimensions of gender relations, and on the political ecology of sustainable rural livelihoods and communities in developing countries. This is reflected in the teaching he does, on global human inequality, on the future of smallholder peasant communities in the world food system, on the sustainability of rural social structures, relations, institutions and communities, and on gender and economic policy. He currently acts as a Gender and Poverty Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Team, working on gender-responsive economic policy in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He also is a Poverty and Gender Analyst for the United Nations Environment Programme's Poverty Environment Initiative - Africa and a Gender and Women's Empowerment Adviser to UN Women. Haroon Akram-Lodhi has lived, taught, and conducted research in numerous countries, published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and has undertaken advisory services for a wide variety of multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental international development organizations.

Vision for IAFFE:  As a member-based organization, IAFFE faces a number of significant challenges. These include the transition to a new editorial team at Feminist Economics, growing our membership, and improving our organization's financial position. However, if elected to the Board, I will focus my efforts on a more mundane matter which nonetheless is, I think, important to IAFFE members.

As a member of IAFFE for more than two decades I have always been struck that, for an organization that still remains really quite remarkably inclusive in its public face, there continues to be an “insider” / “outsider” distinction in the running of the organization. Notwithstanding regular electronic communications that members receive, I have always had very little sense of how IAFFE “works” and how decisions are made, particularly decisions with financial implications. That is one of the key reasons why I find annual general meetings, when I am able to attend them, so full of surprises and indeed, at times, intrigue: things are going on of which I had no idea.

If elected to the Board I want to work with others to put in place mechanisms that will significantly increase the transparency of IAFFE decision-making processes in order to ensure that all members feel that they: a) have a good sense of what is going on within the organization; and b) have a stake in the decisions that are being made.


Updated July 2018.