Diane Elson is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and a member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, UK. She is one of the founders of GEM-IWG and a former Vice President of the International Association for Feminist Economics. Currently she is chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, a network of researchers and trade union and NGO policy officers that analyses UK economic policy from a feminist perspective. She has published widely on gender equality, human rights and economic policy, including articles in World Development, Journal of International Development, Feminist Economics, Essex Human Rights Review, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and International Review of Applied Economics. She has contributed many book chapters and edited several books, including (with R. Balakrishnan) Economic Policy and Human Rights Obligations, Zed Press, London, 2011; (with D. Jain) Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy, Sage, Delhi, 2011; and (with S. Fukuda-Parr and P. Vizard) Human Rights and the Capabilities Approach. An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Routledge, London, 2012. She has served as advisor to UNDP, UN Women, UNIFEM, ILO, FAO, Oxfam, DFID,CIDA, SIDA, DANIDA, and DGIS . She has been appointed a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, 2013-15. A chapter on her work is included in Fifty Key Thinkers on Development (edited by D. Simon, and published by Routledge in 2006).