Intersectionality and Economics

Current economic systems are not only unequal but, arguably, often also discriminating and unjust. Members of BAME communities and women, for example, therefore often tend to find themselves in relatively disadvantaged economic positions. There is little discussion that policy makers should “do something about that.”

What, though, if individual and/or group interests collide? (How) are policy makers to prioritise? And what about the interests of people belonging to more than one discriminated group? (How) are the challenges they face different in nature? 

This is where matters of equality and justice get tricky, both in theory as well as in practice. And this is also where applying an intersectionality approach to policy making gets interesting. This webinar is an attempt at demonstrating why and how to do so.

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  • An introduction to intersectionality theory in relation to economics/the economy 
  • Practical guidance on how and why to apply an intersectional lense to policy making
  • A chance to raise questions, make contact and discuss with others interested in intersectionality and economics
  • Inter-what.. are we even talking about?: Definitions and theoretical framework 
  • Intersectionality in the context of economics/the economy: Why does it matter?
  • How can intersectional analysis serve as a tool to counter inequalities through policy making
  • A theoretical grip of intersectionality and its relevance in the context of economics/policy design
  • An idea of how to apply intersectional analysis to policy making and its challenges 
  • Recommendations for further reading and video material on all of the above and hopefully also some motivation to engage with it

Everyone who has an interest in/is puzzled by intersectionality in the context of economics – no prior knowledge required.

Teresa Linzner is an experienced researcher with a background in economics and philosophy. As such she has covered topics ranging from philosophy of science, including philosophy of economics, to theories of justice, feminist philosophy and economics, as well as philosophy of language. Currently she is working at the Austrian charity VOLONTARIAT bewegt where she coordinates voluntary services in educational youth projects in the Global South. In the past she led not only on research but also on communications and campaigns at UK-based charity Promoting Economic Pluralism. She is an engaging workshop facilitator and always looking to explore topics from new angles as brought in by participants.

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