Gender, sexuality and feminism; global political economy; international relations; global governance; financial and economic crisis; gender and development; popular culture in/and world politics.
Fields of Research (FoR)Political economy and social change, Political science, International relations, Development studies, Feminist and queer theory, Gender, policy and administration, Other human society, Other human society not elsewhere classified
Dr Penny Griffin is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. She works specifically in the areas of gender and feminist studies, international political economy, the politics of development, global economic governance, international relations, and the (gendered) politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research examines economic governance, financial and economic...view more
Dr Penny Griffin is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. She works specifically in the areas of gender and feminist studies, international political economy, the politics of development, global economic governance, international relations, and the (gendered) politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research examines economic governance, financial and economic crisis, and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. Penny has published with Routledge (Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism: Why Women are in Refrigerators and Other Stories, 2015), Palgrave Macmillan (Gendering the World Bank, 2009)) and in various top-ranked academic journals. Her current research examines economic governance, financial and economic crisis, and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. Her 2009 book Gender and the World Bank was the winner of the 2010 BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize.
Penny holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol (UK), a MSc. in Social Science Research Methods, a MSc. in International Relations (awarded with Commendation) and a BA.Hons in French and Politics (First Class).
- Gender, feminism and sexuality(ies) in IR and IPE
- International political economy (IPE)
- The Politics of Development
- Global economic governance
- International relations (IR)
- Visual and popular culture in world politics
- Ph.D. Politics and International Relations (University of Bristol)
- MSc. Research Methods
- MSc. International Relations (awarded with Commendation)
- B.A. Hons. (French and Politics, First Class Honours)
2010 International Political Economy Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Book Prize for Gendering the World Bank: Neoliberalism and the Gendered Foundations of Global Governance (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=308031).
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Penny welcomes applications from potential PhD students in the following areas:
- Gender, feminism and sexuality(ies) in IR, IPE and/or global governance.
- Gender studies of economic development, international organisations and/or global governance.
- Intersectional and/or post/decolonial gender.
- Visual, popular culture and gender/feminism in world politics.
Postgraduate Research Completions
- Dr Caitlin Biddolph, PhD Politics and International Relations, 2022, Queering Governance at/of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY): Discourses of Gender, Sexuality, and Violence.
- Dr Lucy Hall, PhD Politics and International Relations, 2019, Gender, the 'Responsibility to Protect' and Internal Displacament.
- Dr Caitlin Hamilton, PhD Politics and International Relations, 2017, Exploding Nuclear Discourse: Logics of Gender and Race in Discourse on Nuclear Weapons Technology.
- Dr Maryam Khalid, PhD Politics and International Relations, 2013, Gendered Logic(s) of Orientalism: Representation, Discourse, and Intervention in the War on Terror.
- Alba Boer Cueva, PhD Politics and International Relations, Colombian Women's Stories of Empowerment and (In)Security in Conflict: A Decolonial Feminist Approach.
- Cara Heaven, PhD Politics and International Relations, Governance Aid in Practice: The Diffusion and Translation of Transnational Development Norms into Australian Aid Policy.
- Andre Nassiri, PhD Politics and International Relations, Informal Urban Futures: Alternative Pathways for Development and Decolonisation in the 'Modern' African Mega-City.
Media and Public Engagement
- Griffin, P. (2022), 'Missing Women: Why Countries Won't Recover From COVID-19 Until Some Serious Gender Work is Done', Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs, 8 March, https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/missing-women-why-countries-wont-recover-from-covid-19-until-some-serious-gender-work-is-done/.
- Griffin, P. (2022), 'Explainer: International Women's Day', Australian Human Rights Institute, 7 March, https://www.humanrights.unsw.edu.au/research/commentary/explainer-international-womens-day.
- Griffin, P. (2018), ‘Economic Ideas in Political Time: Reflections from a Grumpy Feminist’, Progress in Political Economy blogsite.
- Griffin, P. (2017), Convenor/Chair of The Uncondemned film screening, UNSW Sydney, including chaired panel roundtable discussion post-screening, feat. Dr. Babere Chacha (University of Laikipia), Prof. Laura Shepherd (University of Sydney), Prof. Sarah Williams (UNSW Law).
- Griffin, P. (2017), ‘Gender, Popular Culture and the (False) Death of Feminism’, Public presentation for Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 27th September, https://smsa.org.au/events/.
- Griffin, P. (2017), ‘Smashing the Patriarchy’, Sydney Writers’ Festival, invited panellist and presenter.
- Griffin, P. (2016), ‘Feminism and Motherhood’, invited interview for Empowering Motherhood with Tara Darlington (interview), 19th April, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/empoweringmotherhood/2016/04/27/feminism-and-motherhood-with-dr-penny-griffin (50 minutes).
- Griffin, P. (2015), ‘Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism’, Progress in Political Economy blogsite, 1 July, http://ppesydney.net/author/penny-griffin/.
- Schwenke, L. S. (2013), ‘My Name is Woman!’, Photographic Exhibition, 8th November, Sydney, Australia (I featured as part of an exhibition of 20 women’s stories, with photos).
- Griffin, P. (2010), ‘Why Gender Matters in/to the Global Political Economy’, e-International Relations, 21 June, http://www.e-ir.info/2010/06/21/why-gender-matters-into-the-global-economy/.
- Editorial Board, Gender in Global Politics Book Series (https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Studies-in-Gender-and-Global-Politics/book-series/GGP, Routledge).
- Editorial Board, Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality Book Series (https://www.rowmaninternational.com/our-publishing/series/global-political-economies-of-gender-and-sexuality/, Rowman and Littlefield International).
- Editorial Board, Transforming Capitalism Book Series (https://www.rowmaninternational.com/our-publishing/series/transforming-capitalism/, Rowman and Littlefield International)
- International Advisory Board, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy Book Series (https://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14465; http://www.springer.com/series/14465, Palgrave Macmillan)
- Member-at-large, Women’s Caucus for International Studies (International Studies Association), https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Caucuses/Womens-Caucus (2018 - 2019, elected position).
- Co-convenor, BISA Gendering International Relations Working Group (GIRWG) (with Julia Welland, University of Warwick), https://www.bisa.ac.uk/members/working-groups/girwg (2016 – 2018, elected position).
- Judging Committee member, Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) “Richard Higgott” Article Prize, https://www.ppesydney.net (2015 - 2017).
- Peer Review, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative.
- Subject Assessment, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
- Judging Panel member, British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize, http://www.bisa-ipeg.org/purpose-activities-of-ipeg/ipeg-book-prize/.
- Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN)
- Australian Political Science Association (APSA)
- British International Studies Association (BISA)
- International Political Economy Group (IPEG)
- International Studies Association (ISA)
- Women's Caucus for International Studies (WCIS)
- Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective (https://wpsac.wordpress.com)
- ARTS3756 Current Debates in Global Development (T2)
- ARTS2849 Popular Culture and World Politics (T3)
- ARTS3812 Manias, Panics and Crashes: Global Political Economy in an Era of Crisis (T3)