Liepollo Lebohang Pheko is an activist scholar , researcher and development practitioner. “Feminist activist at large“. Interests in Afrikan political economy, States& nationhood, international trade & global financial governance, feminisation of poverty, regional integration and impacts of globalisation on labour migration. Senior Research Fellow at research and policy advocacy think tank – Trade Collective and has taught International Trade and developed a course on Afrikan Feminism the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. Work is grounded in a race, class and feminist analysis and Pheko is committed to grounding academic research in community struggles & contexts. Board member of several academic and development organisations including past president of Business Woman’s Association South Africa and the International Network on Migration and Development. Contributed to five books on international trade, gender and politics and social transformation and written over a hundred conference and academic papers. Prolific economic and policy analyst- AlJazeera,BBc, Sky, CCTV, SABC, ENCA, SAFM. Columnist and essayist on socio-economic and development issues.
Active in various local and global networks, forms of entrepreneurship & innovation especially for women, interested in creating spaces for younger activist scholars to reflect. Spare time is spent immersed in poetry, jazz and the pursuit of stillness.
Globalisation and Labour, International Trade, financial governance, States and Nationhood, regionalism, International relations and governance, feminisation of poverty.