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Chair for Feminist Economics

The Chair for Feminist Economics (FemEconomiaFeminista) of the Universitat de València (UV) and the Regional Ministry for Sustainable Economy, Production Sectors, Trade and Work of the Generalitat Valenciana (GV, Valencian for Valencian Government) arises with the aim of incorporating the gender perspective on the studies, analysis and applications of the Economy in the Valencian Community from the university environment through carrying out diverse training, research and dissemination activities.

The main purpose of the Chair FemEconomiaFeminista is to promote a feminist approach of the economy, generating critical thinking without gender bias. The Chair wants to encourage and disseminate the principles of Feminist Economics as an alternative to guide the economy towards a more humane model of care for its population, taking into account the reproductive work and care related to the sustainability of life, still performed mostly by women. For this task, it is essential to incorporate gender relations as a relevant explanatory variable with respect to the biased functioning and inequalities of the economic situation in the global world, and, specifically, in the Valencian Community. 

The purpose of this chair is to contribute to the application of feminist theory to the analysis of gender relations in all activities that generate the goods and services necessary for the progress and sustainability of life. In addition, one of the goals is also to contribute to the design and evaluation of socio-economic policies with a gender perspective and the essential gender statistics.
The Chair FemEconomiaFeminista will work co-ordinately with the University Institute of Women’s Studies of the Universitat de València. Thus, creating synergies to open up new fields of knowledge in the study of gender relations and the overcoming of any type of discrimination, putting into value the existing multidisciplinary experience in the area of feminist, women’s and gender studies.

The direction of the Chair for Feminist Economics has been assumed by:

  • Dr. María Luisa Moltó Carbonell

University Professor of the Department of Economic Analysis of the Universitat de València and one of the founders of the “Seminari Interdisciplinar d’Estudis Feministes” (Catalan for Interdisciplinary Seminar for Feminist Studies) of the same university. She was also directed the University Institute of Women’s Studies and the Master’s Degree in Gender and Equality Policies of the Universitat de València.


  • Dr. María Amparo Ballester Pastor

University Professor of Labour and Social Security and Director of the University Institute of Women’s Studies of the Universitat de València. She is also vice-president of the university studies platform for feminist and gender studies. She holds a Doctorate in Law by the Universitat de València and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labour Relations by the Cornell University (United States). Currently she is a national expert by Spain of the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and non-discrimination (advisory body in gender studies of the European Commission). She has been Substitute Judge of the High Court of Justice of the Valencian Community from 1996 to 2005. In addition, she has been visiting Professor at several European and North American universities (Osgoode Hall Law School -Toronto, Canada-, Université de Montréal–Canada-, Stockholm University –Sweden- and the Catholic University of Portugal, among others).




  • Dr. Ana Isabel Marrades Puig

University Professor of Constitutional Law and Member of the Feminist Network of Constitutional Law. Her research activity has focused especially on fundamental rights issues from a gender perspective, being attached to the Institut Universitari d’Estudis de les Dones. Among her publications, the monograph "Lights and shadows of the right to motherhood" stands out and he is the co-author of "Gender violence in the population of immigrant women" and "Challenges for the Constitutional State of the XXI century: rights, ethics and policies of the watch out". She has carried out research stays at different universities in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States (Università di Pisa, University of Virginia, University of Kent and University of London (IALS), collaborating in the research and teaching fields. In the university teaching field she has also participated in several teaching innovation projects, among them she has coordinated the Network of Universities for teaching innovation with a gender perspective. She is also a professor of the Master of Gender and Equality Policies at the University of Valencia, as well as the subjects of " Gender relations, politics, citizenship and society ". Her latest research focuses on new rights from a gender perspective for constitutional change and especially on the right to care, coordinating with María Luisa Moltó the axis of care of the Chair of Feminist Economy.