Nancy Folbre delivers inaugural McKay Lecture

12 May 2016

Pre-eminent feminist economist Professor Nancy Folbre last night (May 11) presented the inaugural McKay Lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

This annual lecture has been established in memory of the late GCU Professor of Economics Ailsa McKay.

Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Professor Folbre explored the interface between political economy and feminist theory.

The lecture, which was fully booked, was entitled ‘The political economy of patriarchal capitalism’, and discussed “dynamic intersectionality” between structures of class, race, citizenship and gender.

She has published numerous books on topics including gender in historical economics, care-sector policies in the US, education, the political economy of parenting and the labour sphere within families.

In 1998, for her research work, Professor Folbre received a five-year fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, also referred to as the ‘genius grant’.

The McKay Professorial Lecture, hosted by GCU’s WiSE Research Centre, was followed by a wine reception and the launch of a book, ‘Feminist Economics and Public Policy: Reflections on the work and impact of Ailsa McKay’, edited by Dr Jim Campbell and Morag Gillespie and published by Routledge.