Lourdes Beneria

Lourdes Beneria joined the department in 1987 and held a joint appointment with Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her work and publications have focused on issues related to labor and the informal economy, women’s work, gender and development, globalization, and Latin American development. More recently, her research has concentrated on the feminization of international migration and the care crisis in Europe.

Her publications include Gender, Development and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered; Global Tensions: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Economy; Rethinking Informalization: Poverty, Precarious Jobs and Social Protection; and many articles in journals, edited books, and the popular press. Beneria has also worked with international organizations and served on international committees. She distributes her academic year between Ithaca and Barcelona, where she is a senior associate member at the Inter-University Institute for the Study of Women and Gender.  

Beneria received a Lic. from the University of Barcelona in 1961, a M.Ph. in 1974 and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975.

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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Economic Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Medalla Narcis Monturiol prize for lifetime contributions to scientific work, Ministry of Culture of the Catalan Government, Catalonia, Spain
  • President, International Association of Feminist Economics (2003)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "The Economic Crisis and its Gender Dimensions," address to the Catalan Parliament on the celebration of International Women’s Day, Barcelona, Spain (2009)
  • "ECONOMICA: Women and the Global Economy," interview exhibited at the International Museum of Women, Project San Francisco

Publications (Selected)

  • "From Harmony to Cooperative Conflicts; Amartya Sen’s Contribution to Household Theory," Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Vol. II: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement, Ravi Kanbur and Kaushik Basu, editors (forthcoming)
  • "The Measurement of Socio-economic Gender Inequality Revisited," Development and Change, coauthored with Ignacio Permanyer (forthcoming)
  • "Globalization, Women’s Work and Care Needs: The Urgency of Reconciliation Policies," UNC Law Review (forthcoming)