Christa Wichterich





Christa Wichterich works as a university lecturer, free-lance author and scholar-activist.

She holds a PhD. in sociology, was recently a guest professor for gender politics at Kassel and lecturer for gender studies at Basel University. She worked as lecturer at various German, Austrian and Swiss universities, at JNU in New Delhi, India, and at Gilan University in Rasht, Iran. Her focus of research is globalization and development political economy and women’s work, women’s movements and international women’s policies, ecology and socio-ecological transformation. Her main academic interest is to deconstruct the global economy as a gendered process with a perspective of feminist economics and feminist ecology and to link up the analysis of discourses, structures and subjectivities. The second core field of interest is the exploration of transnational connectivities in feminisms and feminist movements, in international gender politics and discourses beyond the post-colonial critique.

For many years she worked as a freelance journalist for German print media and radio stations, and was posted as foreign correspondent for Africa in Kenia. Addionally, she  worked as consultant to German donor agencies and political foundations, in particular with regard to their gender programmes. Starting with the 3. World Women’s Conference in Nairobi she got involved initially as journalist and then as activist in many international conferences and forums at UN-, WTO- and civil society level. That’s why she considers herself a scholar-activist. Since the 1990s she is an active member of the European feminist network WIDE (Women in Development Europe), presently  WIDE+. She worked on a voluntary base in the editorial team of the journals ‘beiträge zur feministischen theorie und praxis’ and ‘Peripherie’. She is a member of the academic council of attac Germany and of the board of the Asiahouse Foundation (Stiftung Asienhaus). 


Neoliberal Globalisation and its Crises

  • Microcredits, Returns and Gender: of Reliable Poor Women and Financial Inclusion in South Asia (2017), in: Xaxa, Virginius, Debdulal Saha and Rajdeep Singha (eds.): Work, Institutions and Sustainable Livelihood: Issues and Challenges of Transformation, New Delhi, 275-303    

  • Gender-Based Violence of Economic Globalisation in Contemporary India. An Intersectional Approach to Gender and Violence, Paper read at the international conference, JNU, New Delhi, 22.09.2015
          Key assumption of my contribution is that gendered violence as a manifestation of power, subordination and social control is intertwined with other forms of violence and domination as much as gender as social category of inequality is inseparable from other forms of inequality such as class/caste, race, or North-South, meaning neo-colonial or neo-imperialist forms of power relations and hierarchisation.
  • The Other Financial Crisis: Growth and Crash of the Microfinance Sector in India (2012), in: Development, 55 (3),
  • Downloading Risks and Costs: A Feminist Perspective on the Global Multiple Crisis (2011), in: Tonak, E.Ahmet (ed): Critical Perspectives on the World Bank and the IMF, Istanbul ,
  • Neoliberal developments in Europe, Beijing+15 review
  • Women peasants, food security and biodiversity in the crisis of
    , in: development dialogue, no.51, january 2009,
  • The Globalized Woman, Reports from a Future of Inequality (2000), London

Social Movements and Political Intervention

  • 9th Asia Europe People's Forum, 2012
  • Inside–Outside–Dynamics: Women’s Movements and Democratic Governance (2009), Paper presented at the international conference 'Women and Politics in Asia: A Springboard for Democracy' at Hildesheim
    • Feminist Interventions into Macro Economic Policies. Building a Transnational Regime of Resistance against Global Social Inequality and Gender Injustice (2007), Paper presented at an international conferenceat Frankfurt University,
    • Wichterich, C/Subramanyam, Hema/ Esteves, Pradeep (2006), Changing Context – Changing Roles. A Study on the Transformation of Roles and Relationships between NGOs and Community Based/Grassroots Organisations, EED/PWDS, Madurai
    • Accommodation or Transformation? Women’s Movements and International Relations. (2002), in: Braig, Marianne/ Wölte, Sonja (eds.): Common Ground or Mutual Exclusion. Women’s Movement & International Relations, London/New York, 46-53

    Transformation and Alternatives

    • Searching for Socio-ecological and Socio-economic Transformation. A Feminist Perspective on the 4TH Degrowth Conferenve in Leipzig (2014)
    • Contesting green growth, connecting care, commons and enough (2014), in: Harcourt, Wendy/ Nelson, Ingrid (eds.): Practising Feminist Political Ecologies. Moving beyond the 'Green Economy', London, 67-101
    • Occupy Development - Towards a caring economy (2014), in: Development, 56 (3)
    •  The Future We Want: Designing an East African Utopia - A Feminist Perspective: Work, Commons, Enough (2013), Input at an international conference, FES, Kampala, Uganda... download...

    Development and Ecology

    • World Development Report 2012. Gender Equality and Development. A Comment for the Swiss Agency for Development and
    • Wichterich, C/Mutter, Theo/ Töpfer, Jochen, 2002: Political Ecology and Sustainability. A Comprehensive Study of the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation’s Projects Abroad, Berlin


    • Just Work and Sustainable Livelihood. The Case of Europe. Input made at the Thematic Workshop of the AEPF9, 17.10.2012, Vientiane
           In the EU, people experience a restructuring of labour and the labour market under neoliberal, free market policies. The Global South is coming to the Global North. The idea of secure and decent jobs, full employment (which was meant for the male breadwinner only, not for women) linked to the famous European social welfare model is
    • Care Work, Gender Roles and Family Policies between Social Reproduction and the Market –The Case of Germany. Paper presented at the International Conference “Families as Social Capital: the Choice for Future Generations”, May 20-21 2011, Seoul, South
    • The Universal Joker: Trade Liberalisation, the Labour Market and Women's Work – Experiences in Europe (2005), in: Gender, Governance and Democracy, ISIS International Manila, 12 -32

    Sexual and Reproductive Rights

    • Transnational reconfiguration of re/production and the female body: Bioeconomics, motherhoods and the case of surrogacy in India. In: Bauhardt, Christine/Harcourt, Wendy (eds): Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care, London/New York, 211-229

    Trade and Gender

    • EU-China Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (2010), in: Sausmikat, Nora/Fritsche, Klaus (eds.): Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations. Challenges of Cooperation, 33-49
    • Gender and Trade in China and India. Employment and Empowerment. (2009)
    • The Rediscovery of Gender Inequality. The EU-China-Trade, in: Development 2007... download...
    • Trade Agreements, Equality and Gender (2008), Paper written for GATI... download....