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Juanita Elias

Juanita Elias is Associate Professor in International Political Economy. She is the Director of Graduate Studies in PAIS.

She was educated at the University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History – first class) and the University of Warwick (MA International Political Economy; PhD Politics and International Studies). She joined PAIS from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, where she held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2013). Previously, she was employed as a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia (2005-9), as a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Manchester (2003-2005), and as a research associate at the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships Accountability Sustainability and Society (BRASS) (2002-3). In 2006 she was a visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. She is an Associate Fellow of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at Adelaide University. Juanita is an editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality (with Nicola Smith and Adrienne Roberts), and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Review of International Studies. She is a Commissioner on the Political Studies Association of the UK Research Commission on the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain (reporting in November 2016).

She has published her work in journals such as International Political Sociology, Economy and Society, Third World Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and The Pacific Review. She is the author of Fashioning Inequality: The Multinational Firm and Gendered Employment in a Globalising World (2004), co-editor (with Samanthi J Gunawardana) of the book The Global Political Economy of The Household in Asia (2013) and co-author of the textbook International Relations: The Basics (2007). A co-edited book (with Lena Rethel) entitled The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.

Research interests

  • International political economy
  • Gendered approaches to the study of international political economy and globalisation
  • The household in global political economy
  • Political economy of Malaysia
  • Labour migration in Southeast Asia
  • The changing nature of women's work in the global economy
  • Labour standards and corporate codes of conduct
  • Masculinities and international politics
  • The crisis of care in austerity Britain

Juanita’s research explores the way in which gender relations and identities operate and are reproduced within a range of political economic settings. This includes: work looking at the role of multinational corporations in the production of gendered and racialised forms of inequality; research exploring the construction of vulnerable forms of work and employment such as migrant domestic work; analyses of efforts to include or ‘mainstream’ gender issues within institutional contexts such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Economic Forum; and, analyses of how households and (gendered) household relations take shape within and are constitutive of the global political economy.

She has a particular interest in the gender biases and assumptions that play out in state development strategies - especially within the context of debates around the rise of the regulatory state in Southeast Asia. She has conducted considerable field research in Malaysia, a country that she has been visiting for research purposes since 1999.

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Teaching and supervision

In the 2016/17 academic year, Dr. Elias will be teaching the following courses:

For information about Juanita's PhD supervsion click here


Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Email: Juanita dot Elias at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel:+44 (0)24765 73465
Room: D1.16
Advice and feedback hours: Monday 1.30pm - 2.30pm and Thursday 9.30am-10.30am book in here (easy to use online booking system!)


March 2017: Article for The Conversation on building a fairer social care system here

November 2016: A blog with Shirin Rai on the UK government's political inaction on the care crisis here

November 2016: Political Studies Association Commission on Care is launched at the House of Lords read about it here

September 2016: Special issue of Globalizations on 'Feminist Political Economies of the Everyday' edited with Adrienne Roberts here 

August 2016: New! Edited book out with Cambridge University Press - The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (co-edited with Lena Rethel) here

April 2016: A blog for Progress in Political Economy on economic crisis in Asia here

March 2016: Juanita Elias and Lena Rethal awarded £83,000 from the British Council's Newton Fund for the project 'The everyday political economy of resettlement: Urban design, women's empowerment and the rehousing of low income groups from slum areas in Jakarta'. Read more here

14 October 2015: Juanita is part of a project team awarded funding to develop an online teaching tool for IPE. Read more here

22 September 2015: Juanita is a Commissioner on the Political Studies Association of the UK Commission into the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain to be chaired by the Fawcett Society. Read more here and here

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