Valeria Esquivel

BOARD MEMBER, 2019-2022

International Labour Office
Geneva, Switzerland

Valeria is Employment Policies and Gender Specialist at the International Labour Office (ILO). Previously, Valeria was Research Coordinator on Gender and Development at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), where her research focused primarily on the care economy and care policies.  Before joining the United Nations, Valeria developed a long academic career as feminist economist, publishing extensively on labour, macroeconomic and social policies. She has recently co-edited the Gender & Development issue devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals (Vol. 24, No. 1, 2016), and published along with Andrea Kaufmann Innovations in Care: New Concepts, New Actors, New Policies (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2017). She is co-author of the report Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work (ILO, 2018).  Valeria is a member of the Gender and Macroeconomics Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (, and the editor of the collective volume La Economía Feminista desde América Latina: Una hoja de ruta sobre los debates actuales en la región (GEM LAC/ ONU Mujeres, Santo Domingo, 2012). She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics and of the Editorial Advisory Group of Gender & Development. Valeria is on leave of absence from her positions as Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, and as Researcher at CONICET (Argentina). She was trained as economist at Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and earned an MSc and a PhD in economics from the University of London, UK.

VISION FOR IAFFE: I have been a member of IAFFE for over a decade and a half – from crisis to crisis-stricken Argentina as it seems. In the early 2000s, the debates in feminist economics were so afar from my reality that I considered quitting. A standardized letter from Mariane Ferber asking why I was not paying the fees triggered an email exchange I still cherish, and her solidarity was breathtaking. I met her and other feminist economists in Barbados 2003 and remained a member – a formative experience that I hope we work to retain for future FE generations. || Yet, Southern perspectives were hardly present at the time and are still not sufficiently represented nowadays. Language barriers and budget constraints mean that colleagues from the South cannot attend conferences, are less successful in getting their papers published and are less able to make their voices heard. Latin America feminist economics in particular stands out for the quality of their research, their success in contributing to progressive agendas in the region, and their relationship with the feminist movement. This vibrant scholarship in the South could enrich FE debates if it was taken on board more forcefully. || I am a Latin American scholar working on the South, currently based in the North. I build bridges: between literatures and scholarly traditions, between academia and IOs, across language barriers, and hopefully between IAFFE members and its board. I will work towards our Quito 2020 conference to make it as open and as engaging as possible. By being at the Board, I would like to contribute to the attempts at improving IAFFE governance, to finding ways of bringing in Southern perspectives, and to advance feminist economics scholarship in the South.