Dr. Adrienne Roberts

Dr. Adrienne joined the Politics Department at the University of Manchester in 2012. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of international political economy, feminist political economy, finance, debt and debt-driven development. One current area of research focuses on ‘the political economy of transnational business feminism’, which involves documenting and critically interrogating the growing pervasiveness of public-private partnerships in support of ‘smart economics’ approaches to gender equality and financial inclusion. Related to this, she has been working with a colleague in Pakistan to document and theorise programmes aimed at promoting women's entrepreneurship as a means of achieving economic development and gender equality. An additional area of interest is the growing reliance of households on debt as a means of financing the costs of social reproduction (i.e. to pay for food, housing, education, etc.).

Her monograph, Gendered States of Punishment and Welfare: Feminist Political Economy, Primitive Accumulation and the Law, was published by Routledge in 2017 (https://www.routledge.com/Gendered-States-of-Punishment-and-Welfare-Femi...). This work focuses on the gendered dimensions of the carceral state and the criminalisation of poverty.

She is co-editor (with Nicki Smith and Juanita Elias) of the Rowman & Littlefield International book series ‘Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality’ and co-editor of the Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender (http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-on-the-international-political-economy-of-gender).