Dr Penny Griffin

Dr Penny Griffin

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Politics and International Relations (University of Bristol); MSc. Research Methods; MSc. International Relations (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, sexuality and feminist studies, international political economy, the politics of development, global economic governance, international relations, and the (gendered) politics of visual and popular culture. Penny has published widely, including 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. Gendering the World Bank was the winner of the 2010 BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize. Her current research examines economic crisis from a gender perspective.

Penny is currently ADA Co-Champion, Disability and Mental Health and is a member of the UNSW EDI Staff Consultative Group. She is also the current Program Chair and incoming Chair of the International Studies Association's Women's Caucus (WCIS), which works to advance the status of all those who identify as women working in the international studies profession.  

Research Areas

  • Gender, feminism(s) 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 
128 Morven Brown

UNSW Gendered Violence Strategy Grant, 'Gendered Violence: Identify, Interrupt, Disrupt', with Shannon Graddon and Juwariya Malik (2023-2024).

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). 

Media and Public Engagement


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

  • Shutong Chen, PhD, Transnational Queer Activists in Australia: The Civic Participation and Diaspora Activism of Chinese Queer.
  • Cara Heaven, PhD, Governance Aid in Practice: The Diffusion and Translation of Transnational Development Norms into Australian Aid Policy.
  • Andre Nassiri, PhD, Informal Urban Futures: Alternative Pathways for Development and Decolonisation in the 'Modern' African Mega-City.
  • Gia Rechberger-Carson, PhD, The Postfeminist ideas of Returning to Traditional Gender Roles Realised in Contemporary Romance Fiction: Hoover, Hazelwood, Lauren and Reid and the Influence of TikTok Advertising.

My Teaching


  • 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)