Sheba Tejani

BOARD MEMBER, 2022-2025

Sheba Tejani is a feminist economist and Lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has a doctorate in Economics from the New School for Social Research, New York. Her research engages with the inequalities and exclusions produced by development and globalization in the Global South. Sheba studies the gender impacts of automation and trade policy, and the employment and distributional effects of economic growth. She is currently collaborating with the EU Joint Research Centre and ILO on a project that examines the impacts of Industry 4.0 technologies on workers in global value chains. In a recent paper, she studied the methodological orientation of Feminist Economics in the last 20 years and argued for the greater use of qualitative methods in the field. Her research has been published in journals such as World Development, Development and Change, The Cambridge Journal of Economics and Feminist Economics, among others. She has consulted with various international organizations on issues of trade and gender including the UNCTAD, ILO and World Bank. She has participated in collaborative feminist analyses and reports on sectarian violence and on the livelihood impacts of public policy in India. She has a long and ongoing association with the women's movement in India.

Vision/Priorities for IAFFE -- IAFFE has played a critical role in expanding economic inquiry and practice in new directions in the last decades. One of IAFFE’s purposes is to ‘foster evaluations of the underlying constructs of the economics discipline from feminist perspectives’. To this end, I would like to see IAFFE take an active role in promoting inter-disciplinarity and methodological pluralism in economics by developing funding tracks for scholars and creating opportunities for special issues and symposia on these topics. I would also like to see IAFFE enlarge its network in more regions in the Global South by doing more outreach and promoting dialogue between academics and feminist activists from social movements and civil society organizations. This exchange could inform and enrich our work and be facilitated through roundtables, workshops, and similar events. If elected to the board, I would be committed to working on these and other issues co-operatively and to sustaining IAFFE as an open, inclusive, and critical space for feminist economics.

July 2022.