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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. Prior to that she worked 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 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, Economy and Society, Review of International Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and The Pacific Review. Her most recent book is Gender Politics and the Pursuit of Competitiveness in Malaysia (Routledge 2020). She is also the author of Fashioning Inequality: The Multinational Firm and Gendered Employment in a Globalising World (Ashgate 2004) and co-author of the textbook International Relations: The Basics (2007). She has co-edited the following volumes: The Global Political Economy of The Household in Asia (with Samanthi J. Gunawardana, Palgrave MacMillan 2013), The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (with Lena Rethel, Cambridge University Press 2016), and the Edward Elgar Handbook of International Political Economy and Gender (with Adrienne Roberts, 2018).

She is one of the editors of the innovative IPE teaching and learning website I-PEEL. Juanita served as a Commissioner on the Political Studies Association of the UK Research Commission on the Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain which reported in November 2016. Juanita is currently serving as a convenor of the British International Studies Association's International Political Economy working group (IPEG). She is also an associate editor at Global Society.

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 the way in which 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.

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Teaching and supervision

For the 2020/21 academic year Professor Elias is teaching PO241 Gender Matters in Politics and International Studies and PO353 Gender and Development.

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

  • 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


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)

Tuesday 11-12

Wednesday 1-2


May 2022: The I-PEEL text book co-authered by James Brassett, Juanita Elias, Lena Rethel and Ben Richardson is being published by Oxford University Press in early 2023. Details on the OUP website here

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

October 2021: Gender Politics and the Pursuit of Economic Competitiveness in Malaysia: Women on Board is now available in paperback here

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.

April 2019: article with Lisa Tilley & Lena Rethel 'Urban Evictions public housing and the gendered rationalization of kampung life' in Asia Pacific Viewpoint. here

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