Summer School on Gender Economics and Society – 6-10 July 2015 – ITCILO Campus, Turin, Italy

Summer School on Gender Economics and Society – 6-10 July 2015 – ITCILO Campus, Turin, Italy

RESOURCES; ITC, International Training Centre

The importance of gender strategies to promote growth and development and to improve welfare systems is widely recognized. This is reflected in the increasing commitment of both international organization and national governments towards programmes aimed at strengthening women’s participation in economic life, in politics and in institutions, as well as in the progress of theoretical analysis and development of indicators to monitor and evaluate policies and programmes from a gender perspective. The course will have an interdisciplinary approach, focussing on the gender dimensions of the economy, and their different impacts on society.

Summer School on Gender Economics and Society - 6-10 July 2015  -  ITCILO Campus, Turin, Italy

Programme Information

Target: Master and Phd Students in Economics, Sociology, Politics, Demography, Management Engineering and related disciplines, from both European and non-European Countries.

Maximum number of students: 40

10-15% of places could be allocated to non-students involved in research work and mentoring.

Course length: One week.

Course structure: The course will be organized in: morning lectures; afternoon sessions (devoted to seminars, case studies, best practices and experiences) and late afternoon poster sessions. A more detailed programme will be available at the beginning of May.

Fees: Participants are required to partially contribute to the course costs with a fee of 300 € for students and of 400 € for non-students. The fee will cover course material and lunches at the Campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin. Participants will have to cover their costs for travel and accommodation in student residences (at reasonable rates; at least 20 free accommodations will be provided by the University and Polytechnic of Turin).

Certificate of attendance: provided at the end of the course.

Applications: will open on April 20, 2015 and close on May 22, 2015.

The application form can be accessed on-line at:

Accepted participants will be notified by the end of May.


IGI Global: Call for Chapter Details

IGI Global: Call for Chapter Details.


Proposal Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014

Contemporary Global Perspectives on Gender Economics 


A book edited by

Susanne Moore (The Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation, Australia)


To be published by IGI Global:


For release in the Advances in Finance, Accounting, and Economics (AFAE) Book Series


Series Editor: Ahmed Driouchi (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco)

ISSN: 2327-5677


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The Advances in Finance, Accounting, and Economics (AFAE) book series aims to publish comprehensive and informative titles in all areas of economics and economic theory, finance, and accounting to assist in advancing the available knowledge and providing for further research development in these dynamic fields.


Gender Economics is an emerging field of study that builds on the theories of diversity and promotes the value of gender balance, particularly in the area of innovation and creativity. It looks at how gender influences economics and socio-economic decisions and how those decisions impact gender. Gender Economics is gender neutral and encompasses male, female, and other gendered identities.

Gender Economics seeks to challenge current economic theory, broadening the conversation to encompass sociological complexities currently at play in society – ie: to deconstruct economic policy, reconstructing it in a manner that allows us to develop rational and objective tracks for further research. It is hoped that through the development of this field we will be able to take issues around gender and understand the history of the issues’ development, reconstructing it and realising new solutions. Gender Economics is about the way we use gender for economic advantage, it’s not a women’s issue.

Gender Economics is about the way we target gender for economic gain or increased market share. It is about the way economics leads to policy formation and the underlying gender bias within these processes. It is about the values placed on gender and how economics, policy and gender interact with society.

The development of the field of Gender Economics has the potential to create completely new discourses and solutions to many existing gendered issues, particularly issues around women’s empowerment and women’s equality. Gender Economics aims to uncover traditional economic and social theory, highlighting the way these theories are formulated, many of which have a gender bias which is overlayed with a cultural or religious value system that often degrades the rights of a particular gender.

Objective of the Book

The knowledge economy is both global and highly competitive in nature and it is no longer possible to achieve economic resilience and growth by taking a conventional approach. Policy makers talk about inclusive development but have no models to turn their rhetoric into action. This book provides a discourse on how to advance current practices through holistic and multidisciplinary views on gender, introducing frameworks, models and metrics for inclusive and equitable economic and organisational development practices. This book aims to incorporate views on innovation and diversity to demonstrate ways to shift current business paradigms that are under pressure to change in a global and complex environment. An increasing awareness to recognise diverse culture and increased gender balance means that businesses are looking for practical and sustainable solutions to gender diversity and innovation and the book aims to provide tangible links to profitability and increased performance. 

Target Audience

  • Academics in the field of gender studies, women’s studies and diversity.
  • Economics and sociology students (there is an increasing awareness of the overlap between economics and sociology disciplines such as outlined in disciplines such as behavioral economics).
  • Law and policy makers
  • Educational facilities
  • Economic developers, and
  • Corporates, practitioners and consultants in business transformation and diversity 

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

POLICY – Impact of policy formation on economic empowerment

  • Economic impact of gendered policy formation
  • The history of policy formation and gendered assumptions, beliefs and value systems that can degrade the life experience of particular groups
  • Discussions about the way in which this is being addressed (or not) in contemporary society.

INVESTMENT – Investment and economic empowerment

  • Economic empowerment of women
  • Access to capital
  • Labour force participation
  • Inequities in the distribution of wealth
  • The impact of poverty and gendered demographics demonstrating benefits to economic investment and the banking system

ENVIRONMENT – Environment and Sustainability

  • Organisational sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Models to create positive and sustainable business environments
  • Gender exploitation and Human Trafficking
  • Solutions for creating more sustainable socio-economic environments

INNOVATION AND HEALTH – Innovation, Health and Wellness

  • Gender Economics is about uncovering restrictive practices; process, policies and ways of thinking that reduce innovation in organisations and communities
  • How can we build healthy communities and work environments that are equitable, promote equality and leverage diversity to increase performance through innovation?

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 30, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Contemporary Global Perspectives on Gender Economics. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


Full chapters may be submitted to this book here:


All proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.



This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.


Important Dates

September 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 30, 2014: Notification of Acceptance
October 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission
November 30, 2014: Review Results Returned
January 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification
January 22, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Inquiries can be forwarded to

Susanne Moore
Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation
Tel.: +61 2 9962 6593
MOBILE: +61 439 420 897


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Article written by Susanne Moore – The Centre for Gender Economics 1 November 2013

Gender Economics is the fusion of sociology, economics and gender studies and looks at shifting current perceptions of gender and how we use these perceptions in framing economic policy. Very often, it is an intersection of gender, values and beliefs that create policy decisions, many of which are based on outdated models. It is important that we start to understand how economic research is conducted, how the statistical analysis is created and how this flows into policy decisions and ultimately the business bottom line.

“Gender Economics is about “dissecting and creating a new discourse around economic theory that fuses Economics, Gender and Sociology”[1]

Think of a persistent organisational challenge and start to unpick it by looking at the assumptions and environments that created the challenge in the first place, chances are the core of the challenge has been created by imposing outdated business models, values and measurements that no longer work.  Then reframe the challenge by applying new thought paradigms and you may very likely uncover innovations that lead to increases in performance.  Traditional gender stereotypes have shifted and organisations can no longer assume that they are catering to the working heterosexual white male with a wife at home because the ground rules have changed.  According to Wikipedia[2], the US LGBT consumer market in 2013 ‘is estimated to have an overall buying power of more than $835 billion’.  This demonstrates that marketing to this group requires specialisation to reap the benefits of that economy.

Much of our business culture is centuries old from the structures to the drivers, and our organisations must change to keep pace with a global economy where diversity, and cross-cultural management enforce new skills around managing complexity.

In 2009, the Harvard Business Review[3] made the bold statement that “Women now drive the world economy”, and estimated that globally women will control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending over the next five years.  Look at any social networking site or news stream and you will see articles that recognise that the financial empowerment of women is a game changer.  Businesses must now attract talent from a wider pool, some from necessity, but many recognising that by developing a “Women’s Employer of Choice” reputation, it will ultimately help them increase their competitiveness in the market.  However, it is not as simple as painting women’s issues with a ‘pink’ brush,  organisations must understand the shifts that have taken place in gendered stereotypes and how this sociological change now affects business structures and changes in economic policy formation.

Gender Economics looks at how gender influences economic decisions and how those decisions impact gender.  The way we target gender for economic gain or increased market share can either benefit or degrade the rights of marginalised groups, often leading to policy formation with an underlying gender bias overlaid with a view on how economics, policy and gender interact with society.

This emerging field challenges current economic theory, broadening the conversation to encompasses sociological complexities currently at play in society – ie: we look to deconstruct economic policy, reconstructing it in a manner that allows us to develop rational and objective tracks for further research.  Issues of female inequality have persisted for decades if not centuries and instead of talking about the issues, Gender Economics explores underneath the issue and provides new discourses that have the power to change the way we work and live.  A simple example of Gender Economics and a persistent issue is the gender wage gap in Australia that continues regardless of the amount of effort and talk that goes on.  In 1907 Australia passed a little known policy known as the “Harvester Judgement[4] that saw the start of the pay gap for women in preference to that of the ‘working family man’.  This policy was introduced primarily to give organisations a competitive advantage using cheaper female labour.  This precedent continues today with feminised work segments in organisations exploiting cheaper labour, focusing on scarcity instead of the abundance of leveraging that diversity through innovation[5].

Much of our business culture is centred on the concept of scarcity, of not enough to go around but where did this thinking process start?  Staying competitive by having unique products that differentiate you from the rest of the marketplace can lead to a culture of aggressive competition and cost cutting.  With more organisations becoming lean and agile what if the model moved from one of scarcity to one of ‘abundance’.  What are the attributes of abundance, is it just a mind shift or can we create business models that promote it?  Numerous studies of company board makeup show that the accepted female attributes of sharing and collaboration lead to a richer business environment and higher profits.

Gender Economics is the new Business Transformation, the next major resource, and will open a channel to increased innovation and creativity through Diversity of thought and the ability to maximise the management of our increasingly complex environments.  Organisations that understand that gender balance is the new competitive edge will be better equipped in a global marketplace where women take their place at the decision table.  An increased awareness of women’s economic impact at a country level and greater gender diversity at a company level means women are learning to invest in themselves and their financial future.

There are many persistent gender issue’s that just don’t seem to go away and this is particularly true in areas of gender inequality, and I feel that this is because we so often talk ‘around’ the issues instead of deconstructing them and understanding why they are issues in the first place.  The next steps are to start unpicking current thinking on economics and business, start reframing our thinking, putting age-old issues into new contexts – that is Gender Economics at its core!

[1] Quote by Susanne Moore 2013

[4] MacIntyre, Stuart (1985) ‘A fair wage’ in Winners and Losers: The Pursuit of Social Justice in Australian History, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, Ch.3, pp. 51-58 (excerpt)

[5] Diversity Program Review Framework™, Susanne Moore (2012)

WIL (Women in Leadership) Economic Forum, China

Susanne Moore

I will be speaking on an expert panel at this conference in Shanghai on the 27 September.  The subject is;

“Does diversity improve financial and managerial performance?”
As the economy becomes increasingly global, our workforce becomes increasingly diverse. D&I is no longer a topic for HR, nor is it more political correctness than business concern. Companies with a higher proportion of women on boards and in leadership positions exhibit a higher degree of organisation, above-average operating margins and higher valuations. However, attracting and retaining more women who meet the challenges of labour markets’ change, engaging men in diversity implementation and calculating economic growth are considered major challenges preventing D&I from succeeding.
This panel discusses how employers can equip women with the desired skills to address specific inclusion challenges through cross-cultural competence. It also covers how employers are supporting women and how this affects overall company performance.

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We are happy to announce the VI Workshop on Gender Economics sponsored by FEDEA and COSME to be held at FEDEA in Madrid (Spain), on May 23-24, 2013.

This workshop aims to provide junior and senior researchers with a forum for presenting and discussing research in gender economics. Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. Preference will be given, conditional on quality, to authors who have not presented in previous meetings. We particularly encourage graduate students to apply.

There will be 10 presentations, each of them will have a discussant.

There is no registration fee for participants. A conference dinner, lunch, coffees and accommodation will be freely provided. Participants must pay their own travel expenses.

There is a limited number of places for non-presenters. A fee of 60 euros will be charged. Please contact Brindusa Anghel ( for details.

Those who wish to participate are invited to submit a paper using this online application form.

The submission deadline is February 15th, 2013.
Decisions of acceptance or rejection by the program committee will be announced no later than March 5th, 2013.

Go to the website here for more information about the conference program.

“Transformation Is Possible: Moving Feminist Economics into Policies and Institutions”

Dr Caren Grown

Dr Caren Grown

Gendering the Social Sciences: a Gender Institute public lecture

Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Caren Grown

Caren Grown will speak about the role of feminist economics in shaping economic development policy, drawing out opportunities, constraints, and contradictions. She will develop examples from her research in the areas of economic growth and trade, public finance, and asset ownership and poverty, and her experience with various UN institutions, the multilateral development banks and bilateral donors. see more here