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Juanita Elias

Juanita Elias is Professor in International Political Economy. She joined PAIS in 2013 from Griffith University, Australia, where she held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. She has also held academic posts at the University of Adelaide, the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. She holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. She served as PAIS Head of Department for the 2018/19 academic year. She is currently deputy head of department and director of equality, diversity and inclusion in PAIS.

She has published her work in journals such as Journal of Contemporary Asia, Review of International Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Political Sociology, Social Politics, International Feminist Journal of Politics and The Pacific Review. Her most recent monograph is Gender Politics and the Pursuit of Competitiveness in Malaysia (Routledge 2020). The textbook I-PEEL: International Political Economy of Everyday Life (co-authored with James Brassett, Lena Rethel and Ben Richardson) came out in 2022 with Oxford University Press.

She is an editor at the journal Review of International Political Economy, and is one of the editors of the innovative IPE teaching and learning website I-PEEL. She also currently serves as vice chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA)

Research interests

  • International political economy
  • Gendered approaches to the study of international political economy and globalisation
  • The household in global political economy
  • Political economy of Malaysia
  • Labour migration in Southeast Asia
  • Gender and urban transformation in Southeast Asia
  • Labour standards and corporate codes of conduct
  • Masculinities and international politics
  • The crisis of care in austerity Britain

Juanita’s research explores how gender relations and identities operate and are reproduced within a range of political economic settings. This includes: work looking at the role of multinational corporations in the production of gendered and racialised forms of inequality; research exploring the construction of vulnerable forms of work and employment such as migrant domestic work; analyses of efforts to include or ‘mainstream’ gender issues within institutional contexts such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Economic Forum; and, analyses of how households and (gendered) household relations take shape within and are constitutive of the global political economy.

She has a particular interest in the gender biases and assumptions that play out in state development strategies - especially within the context of debates around the rise of the regulatory state in Southeast Asia.

View publications and view recent research and grants

Teaching and supervision

For the 2022/23 academic year Professor Elias is teaching PO241 Gender Matters in Politics and International Studies and PO9B4 East Asian Development: National and Regional Perspectives.

In previous years, Professor Elias has taught the following modules:

  • PO353 Gender and Development
  • PO998-20 The Politics of Development in Southeast Asia
  • PO997-20 The Global Political Economy of the Household

For information about Juanita's PhD supervision click here

Juanita is also part of a team running the 'Global Groupwork' teaching and learning project with academics at Warwick, Monash University and Monash University Malaysia.


Professor in International Political Economy

Email: Juanita dot Elias at warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel:+44 (0)24765 73465
Room: D1.16

Online Advice & Feedback Hours (term time only)

Thursday 11:00-12.00

Friday 9:00-10.00

Please note, my advice and feedback hours are online only. You will need to book in at the above link.


October 2023: outputs from phase 1 of the Monash Warwick Alliance Education Fund Project 'Global Groupwork' are published as a special section on 'COVID-19 and the International Political Economy of Everyday Life' in the undergraduate journal Reinventions. Read the editor's introduction here

October 2022: new publication with Shahnaz Akhter and Shirin M. Rai 'Being Cared for in the context of crisis: Austerity, COVID-19 and racialized politics' out open access in Social Politics.

May 2022: The I-PEEL text book co-authored by James Brassett, Juanita Elias, Lena Rethel and Ben Richardson published by Oxford University Press Details here

April 2022: awarded the 2022 International Studies Association Online Media Caucus Award (Special Achievement in International Studies Online Media).

September 2020: blog post written with Ben Richardson 'Teaching IPE online: thinking about "pandemic pedagogies" in the IPE classroom' published on the BISA website here

April 2020: New book Gender Politics and the Pursuit of Economic Competitiveness in Malaysia. Published in the Routledge RIPE series. More detail here.

August 2019: Institutional Links Project on which Elias was PI, shortlisted for the Newton Prize. More detail here.