Naila Kabeer (Bengali: নায়লা কবির; born 28 January 1950)[1] is an Indian-born British Bangladeshi social economist, research fellow and writer. She is also the president elect of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), her tenure will be 2018 to 2019.[2] She works primarily on poverty, gender and social policy issues. Her research interests include gender, poverty, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection, focussed on South and South East Asia.

Naila Kabeer
নায়লা কবির
Born (1950-01-28) 28 January 1950 (age 70)
InstitutionLondon School of Economics
University of Gothenburg
Department for International Development
FieldSocial economy
School or
Alma materLondon School of Economics
University College London

Early lifeEdit

Kabeer was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, but her family migrated to East Bengal, (now Bangladesh) soon after.[3] She went to school at Loreto Convent in Shillong in India. In 1969, she came to the United Kingdom for further education. She did her B.Sc. in economics at the London School of Economics, her M.Sc. in economics at University College London and then returned to the London School of Economics for her Ph.D., which she obtained in 1985.

In 1979, Kabeer did her PhD fieldwork in a village in Bangladesh.[4] In 1985, she completed her PhD in economics at London School of Economics, after her undergraduate and master's degree in economics.[3]


In 1985, Kabeer joined the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex as a research fellow and later became a professorial fellow.[5] In 2010, she joined the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London as professor of development studies.[6] In 2013, she joined the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science as professor of gender and international development, where she has been since. Kabeer was the Kerstin Hesselgren Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden in between 2004–2005 and Senior Sabaticant with IDRC Regional Office in South Asia between 2005–2006.[7] She also worked as a senior research fellow at the Department for International Development, UK 2009–2010. She remains as an emeritus fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.[7][6]

Kabeer has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender concerns into policy and planning.[5] She is a social economist and works primarily on poverty, gender and social policy issues.[8] Her research interests include gender, poverty, social exclusion, labour markets and livelihoods, social protection and citizenship in the context of globalization, with a focus on South and South East Asia.[9][6] She has been active in developing frameworks and methodologies for integrating gender concerns into policy and planning and has experience of training and advisory work with governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs[5] (including Oxfam, ActionAid, Women for Women International,[6] BRAC, PRADAN and Nijera Kori).[7] as well as for a number of international development agencies (including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, World Bank, UN Women,[6] SIDA.[10] and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).[7] and DIFD.[10]

Kabeer is the author of numerous books and journal publications.[10] She is the author of Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought, Vero, 1994 and The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka, Verso 2000.[8] She collaborated with UNRISD for the programme Social Effects of Globalization and wrote three papers: Gender, Demographic Transition and the Economics of Family Size: Population Policy for a Human-Centred Development in 1996; The Conditions and Consequences of Choice: Reflections on the Measurement of Women's Empowerment in 1999; and Leaving the Rice Fields but Not the Countryside: Gender, Livelihood Diversification and Pro-Poor Growth in Rural Viet Nam in 2000. For the UNRISD programme Gender and Development, she co-edited a Routledge/UNRISD book Global Perspectives on Gender Equality: Reversing the Gaze in 2007.[8][11] Kabeer has worked with the United Nations Division for the Advancement for Women (DAW) as the lead author on The World Survey on Women and Development in 2009.[5] For the UNRISD programme Social Policy and Development, she co-edited another Routledge/UNRISD volume "Social Protection As Development Policy: Asian Perspectives" in 2010.[8]

Kabeer is currently on advisory editorial committee for the journals Feminist Economics, Development and Change, Gender and Development and on the board of the Feminist Review Trust.[7][6] She is on the Advisory Committee for Better Work.[10]

She is currently engaged in research on social protection strategies and struggles for citizenship among workers in the informal economy.[5]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Kabeer, Naila (1989). The quest for national identity: Women, Islam and the state in Bangladesh. Brighton, England: Institute of Development Studies. ISBN 9780903715225.
  • Kabeer, Naila (1991). Gender, production and well-being: rethinking the household economy. Brighton, England: Institute of Development Studies. ISBN 9780903715423.
  • Kabeer, Naila (1994). Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought. London New York: Verso Books. ISBN 9780860915843.
  • Kabeer, Naila; Subramanian, Ramya (1999). Institutions, relations and outcomes: A framework and case studies for gender-aware planning. New Delhi, India: Zubaan. ISBN 9788185107981.
  • Kabeer, Naila (2000). The power to choose: Bangladeshi women and labour market decisions in London and Dhaka. London New York: Verso Books. ISBN 9781859848043.
  • Kabeer, Naila; Cook, Sarah; Suwannarat, Gary (2002). Social protection in Asia. New Delhi, India: Har-Anand Publications. ISBN 9788124108819.
  • Kabeer, Naila (2003). Gender mainstreaming in poverty eradication and the millennium development goals. London Ottawa: Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 9780850927528.
  • Kabeer, Naila; Subrahmanian, Ramya; Nambissan, Geetha (2003). Child labour and the right to education in South Asia. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. ISBN 9780761996019.
  • Kabeer, Naila (2005). Inclusive citizenship: meanings and expressions. New Delhi, India: Zed Books. ISBN 9788189013165.
  • Kabeer, Naila (2008). Mainstreaming gender in social protection for the informal economy. London: Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 9780850928402.
  • Kabeer, Naila (2010). Gender & social protection strategies in the informal economy. India: Routledge. ISBN 9780415578257.
  • Kabeer, Naila; Cook, Sarah (2010). Social protection as development policy: Asian perspectives. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415585736.

Chapters in booksEdit

Journal articlesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kabeer, Naila". Library of Congress. Retrieved 15 August 2014. CIP t.p. (Naila Kabeer) data sheet (born January 28, 1950)
  2. ^ "2017-2018 Officers". International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE). Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Prof. Naila Kabeer: Reflections on Researching Women's Empowerment, SOAS, University of London". soasuniversity. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Naila Kabeer: South Asia's 'Daughter Deficit'". IDRCCRDI. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Naila Kabeer". Institute of Development Studies. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Ninth Confirmed Speaker: Naila Kabeer". LSESU-UCL Economics Conference 2013/14. 4 November 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Tracking the Gender Politics of the Millennium Development Goals: from the Millennium Declaration to the post-MDG consultations". LSE – London School of Economics and Political Science. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Naila Kabeer". UNRISD. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Faculty". Gender Institute. Retrieved 1 March 2014. Naila Kabeer
  10. ^ a b c d "Naila Kabeer joins Better Work Advisory Committee". Better Work. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  11. ^ Kabeer, Naila; Stark, Agneta; Magnus, Edda (2008). Global perspectives on gender equality reversing the gaze. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203938386.

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Non-profit organisation positions
Preceded by
Silvia Berger
President Elect of the International Association for Feminist Economics
Title next held by
the IAFFE'S elected candidate