Dr Penny Griffin

Senior Lecturer
B.A. Hons. (French and Politics), MSc. International Relations, MSc. Research Methods, Ph.D. Politics and International Relations (University of Bristol)
School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 8487
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 128, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: International Relations, Gender Specific Studies, Political Economy, Feminist Theory
Tags: Gender, International Relations, International Political Economy (excl. International Trade)

Penny works in the areas of international political economy, international relations, gender and feminist studies and the politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research analyses the global financial crisis, economic governance and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. She welcomes applications from potential PhD students in the following areas:

  • Gender, feminism and sexuality in IR and/or IPE.
  • Critical engagements with IR and/or IPE.
  • Popular and visual culture in IR and/or IPE. 
  • The role and function of international organisations in world politcs.
  • The social politics of economic organisations and modes of governance. 
  • Global finance and 'crisis'.



Penny is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. She works specifically in the areas of international relations, international political economy, global governance, the politics of development, gender/feminist studies and the politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research looks at economic governance and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. She has published with Routledge (Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism: Why Women are in Refrigerators and Other Stories), Palgrave Macmillan (Gendering the World Bank, 2009, winner of the BISA International Political Economy Group book prize 2010) and in the journals Feminist ReviewMen and MasculinitiesAustralian Journal of International Affairs, Globalizations, British Journal of Politics and International RelationsNew Political Economy and Review of International Political Economy.

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 and a BA.Hons in French and Politics (first class). 

Research Areas

  • International political economy (IPE).

  • International relations (IR).

  • Gender, feminism and sexuality(ies) in IR and IPE.

  • Global governance and the role and function of international organisations.



Semester 1

  • ARTS1810

Semester 2

  • ARTS2812
  • POLS5132


Honours and prizes

The 2010 British International Studies Association (BISA) International Political Economy Group (IPEG) 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). 

Professional contribution

Co-convenor, British International Studies Association (BISA) Gendering International Relations Working Group (GIRWG) (with Julia Welland, University of Warwick, from January 2016 onwards)

Editorial Board, Routledge Studies in Gender in Global Politics (http://www.routledge.com/books/series/GGP/, Routledge)

Editorial Board, Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality (http://www.rowmaninternational.com/series/global-political-economies-of-gender-and-sexuality, Rowman and Littlefield International)

Editorial Board, Politics (www.politicsjournal.org, Wiley-Blackwell publishing)

International Advisory Board, Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy Book Series (http://www.palgrave.com/products/SearchResults.aspx?s=PEPP&fid=9265, Palgrave Macmillan publishing)

Editorial Board, Transforming Capitalism book series (Rowman and Littlefield International, http://www.rowmaninternational.com/series/transforming-capitalism)


Affiliations and membership

Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN)

Australian Political Studies Association (APSA)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

International Studies Association (ISA)



Related links

Routledge, Popular Culture, Political Economy and the Death of Feminism: Why Women Are in Refrigerators and Other Stories https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415719384

Palgrave Macmillan, Gendering the World Bank: Neoliberalism and the Gendered Foundations of Global Governance, hyperlink;

BISA Gendering IR Working Group (GIRWG) hyperlink;

BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG) hyperlink;