Elisabeth Prügl

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Prof. Elisabeth Prügl



Areas of expertise

  • Agriculture, land and rural development

  • Civil society, social movements, Trade Unions, NGOs

  • Development, cooperation and aid policies

  • Gender, women and public policies

  • Globalisation

  • Governance, local and international

  • Human rights

  • International organisations, UN

Geographical Region of Expertise

  • Western and Central Europe

PhD, The American University

Faculty member since 2009 and former Deputy Director of the Graduate Institute from 2010 to 2014, Professor Prügl directs the Institute’s Gender Centre. In the course of her academic career in the US and Switzerland her research and teaching have focused on gender politics in international governance. 

She has published extensively on issues including atypical forms of women’s labour and their international regulation, the neoliberalization of feminism, and on gender expertise in international governance. She currently directs two research consortia on gender and land grabs, and gender and peacebuilding, with partners from Nigeria, Ghana, Cambodia, and Indonesia, funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d). 

Professor Prügl serves on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the European Journal of Politics and Gender. In 2019, she received the “Eminent Scholar” award of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). 

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Research labels:

Rural areas – agriculture
Cooperation – development
Struggles – social movements – activism
Human rights – women's rights – minority rights


Gender Studies, International Relations, Political Studies