Lynda Pickbourn


Hampshire College
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA USA

Lynda is Assistant Professor of Economics at Hampshire College and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests lie at the intersection of feminist economics, political economy and economic development, with a focus on Africa.  While carrying out field research on the rural-urban migration of women in northern Ghana, she also developed an interest in economic methodology, and combines qualitative and quantitative methods in her research.  She has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters on rural-urban migration, informal employment, aid effectiveness and mixed methods research, and her work has been published in Feminist Economics, World Development, Journal of International Development and Journal of Development Studies.  She also serves on the boards of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA) and the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists, and is committed to furthering the understanding of the African continent in the economics profession through her teaching and research and to supporting the professional development of African scholars and researchers, particularly women. She received her BA in Economics and History from the University of Ghana and her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

VISION FOR IAFFE: Having been a member of IAFFE since 2008, she acknowledges IAFFE’s success in expanding its membership globally, but would like to see more scholars from Africa and other countries in the global south participating in IAFFE’s activities.  She plans to explore ways of increasing the representation and participation of scholars from countries that are currently under-represented in IAFFE.  In particular, she would like to look into the possibility of using technology to lower the costs of participation in IAFFE conferences for these scholars.  In addition, she would also like to see IAFFE establish a more structured program for mentoring junior scholars and new members and would be willing to work with other members of IAFFE to make this possible.