Naila Kabeer is a social economist and professor of gender and development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also been a professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. She has also worked as a senior research fellow at the Department for International Development, United Kingdom, and as a senior sabaticant with its regional office in South Asia.
Kabeer has carried out extensive training and advisory work with ActionAid, BRAC, NORAD, Oxfam, SIDA, UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF, Women for Women International, and the World Bank. She is on the advisory editorial committees for the journals Feminist Economics, Development and Change, and Gender and Development, and on the board of the Feminist Review Trust. Kabeer has also authored, coauthored, and edited 12 books, including Mainstreaming Gender and Social Protection in the Informal Economy (2008); The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka (2001); and Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought (1995). Kabeer has also been the editor of eight journals, the producer of several UN and IDS working papers, and the author of commissioned reports by governments and the UN, including the study, Can the MDGs Provide a Pathway to Social Justice? The Challenge of Intersecting Inequalities (2009).