Women and Work

This seminar examines the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking in detail at the world of work, our academics discuss the care burden placed on women and the impact of coronavirus on women’s livelihoods in both the Global North and South. The panel address the solutions needed to ensure that women can look forward to a fairer world.

Find out more about our researchers:

Bina Agarwal

Bina is a Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the Global Development Institute (GDI). She has written extensively on gender inequalities in land and property, environmental governance, and agrarian change. In April 2020 she wrote about whether global lockdowns were affecting women more than men, and has also participated in a webinar focused on the effect of COVID-19 on women’s livelihoods in India. Her most recent book publication is Gender Challenges (Oxford University Press), a three-volume compendium of her selected papers. In 2017 she was awarded the International Balzan Prize.

Francesca Gains

Francesca is a Professor of Public Policy and the Academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. Her key interests are in gender, devolution and policy-making processes. She was key to the publication on On Gender, a collection of edited research blogs putting gender on the devolution agenda. Recently she hasn’t written about how to build a more gender-balanced future following COVID-19.

Debora Price

Debora is a Professor of Social Gerontology and the former Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). She is interested in pensioner poverty and in how women’s situations throughout their lives affect their circumstances as pensioners.

Jill Rubery

Jill is a Professor of Comparative Employment Systems and the Director of the Work and Equalities Institute at Alliance Manchester Business School. Her research focuses on employment and social policies, with a focus on gender and comparative employment research in Europe.

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