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, global economic governance, international relations, and the (gendered) politics of visual and popular culture. Her current research examines economic governance, financial and economic crisis, and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. Penny 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 various top-ranked academic journals. Her current research examines economic governance, financial and economic crisis, and the 'post-crisis' period from a gender perspective. Her 2009 book Gender and the World Bank was the winner of the 2010 BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG) 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 
  • Global economic governance
  • International relations (IR)
  • Visual and popular culture in world politics
128 Morven Brown

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

  • Alba Boer Cueva, PhD Politics and International Relations, Colombian Women's Stories of Empowerment and (In)Security in Conflict: A Decolonial Feminist Approach.
  • Cara Heaven, PhD Politics and International Relations, Governance Aid in Practice: The Diffusion and Translation of Transnational Development Norms into Australian Aid Policy.
  • Andre Nassiri, PhD Politics and International Relations, Informal Urban Futures: Alternative Pathways for Development and Decolonisation in the 'Modern' African Mega-City.

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)