Dr Penny Griffin
Senior Lecturer

Dr Penny Griffin

  • 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)
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

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, international relations, global economic governance and the politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research examines economic governance, financial crisis 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, 2015), Palgrave Macmillan (Gendering the World Bank, 2009)) and in the journals International Affairs, Australian Journal of Political SciencePoliticsFeminist ReviewMen and Masculinities, Australian Journal of International Affairs, GlobalizationsBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations, New Political Economy and Review of International Political Economy. Her 2009 book Gender and the World Bank was the winner of the 2010 British International Studies Association IPEG (International Political Economy Group) 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).


Research Areas

  • Gender, feminism and sexuality(ies) in IR and IPE
  • International political economy (IPE)
  • The Politics of Development 
  • International relations (IR)
  • Global governance
  • Visual and popular culture in world politics
128 Morven Brown

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). 

Media and Public Engagement

  • 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 Work

Professional Contributions

Professional Memberships

  • 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)



My Research Supervision

  • Caitlin Biddolph, PhD Politics and International Relations, Queering International Criminal Law: Gender, Sexuality and Nationalism at the ICTY.
  • Connor Byrne, PhD Politics and International Relations, "...On the Basis of Others Doing Worse": Contradictions in Patriarchal, Racialised Australian Capitalism
  • Alba Boer Cueva, PhD Politics and International Relations, Latin American Visions of Women’s Empowerment and Security in the Context of Violent Internal Conflict.
  • Cara Heaven, PhD Politics and International Relations, Governance Aid in Practice: The Diffusion and Translation of Transnational Development Norms into Australian Aid Policy.
  • Geneve O'Connor, The Political Economy of Community Development with Young Refugee Women: Marginalisation, Marketization and Finding Ways to “Do and Be Otherwise”.

My Teaching


  • ARTS3756 Current Debates in Global Development (T2)
  • ARTS3812 Manias, Panics and Crashes: Global Political Economy in an Era of Crisis (T3)
  • ARTS3821 The Politics of Identity in the 21st Century (T3)