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Serena Natile

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Associate Professor

PhD Students Mentor

Gender & Law, Feminisms; Social Reproduction Theory; Feminist Political Economy; Law & Development; Transnational Social Security/Labour Law; Financial Inclusion, FinTech and Digital Platforms

School of Law
S1.20, Social Sciences Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

024 765 73442

Serena’s research interests lie in the areas of gender studies, law & development, global political economy, finance and digital technologies. In her research, Serena brings together socio-legal enquiry, critical political economy analysis and feminist and decolonial methods to examine issues relating to coloniality, social reproduction and (mal)distribution and, more generally, the relationship between law and social (in)justice. Serena has published on gender equality in international law, law and development, feminist political economy and social reproduction theory, financial inclusion and the governance of digital technologies. Her recent book The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion: Mobile Money, Gendered Wall (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy, Routledge 2020) provides a socio-legal critique of the narratives, institutions and governance of digital financial inclusion as a development strategy for gender equality, arguing for a decolonial politics of redistribution to guide future digital financial projects.

Serena's new project, and related monograph, 'Transnational Social Security Law in the Digital Age: Towards a Grassroots Politics of RedistributionLink opens in a new window' asks whether a grassroots-inspired framework for transnational social security law can disrupt the global maldistribution of wealth and power enabled by the international legal order. The project considers this question by looking at the recent digitalisation of social security programmes in Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and India, and draws on socio-legal and feminist political economy analysis as well as prefigurative law-making methodology to show the different distributive impact that these programmes could have if a transnational framework for social security was in place. The prefigurative element of the framework draws on Serena's project 'A Feminist Recovery Plan for Covid-19 and Beyond: Learning from Grassroots Activism' and the global political economy analysis draws on the project co-led with Christine Schwobel-Patel 'Rosa Luxemburg & International Law'. Serena has been awarded the ISRF Early Career Fellowship (2024-2025) Link opens in a new windowfor this project.

At Warwick Serena is on the steering committee of GLOBE and the IEL Collective. She is also a member of the collective steering group of CSWG and part of WICID.

Serena is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law in ContextLink opens in a new window, CUP.