Hana Mosavie

How Does the Economy Shape Gender as a Cultural Formation

Supervisors-Dr Nicola Smith and Dr Mark Wenman

How much of an economic decision has become internalised and a part of our culture? How much of our internal decisions and beliefs truly come from ourselves? Or are they a derivative of what our ‘culture’ has become from economic structure and influence? This research will explore the impact gender has during cultural formation due to economic decisions and structures. 

Cultural formation is the creation of the current culture which will be at the centre of this theory. By examining the development of customs, knowledge, values, language, and material objects we can understand social expectations that then creates cultural relativism. By doing this, the research can pinpoint cultural origins. This research will argue that each cultural formation has a direct influence from economic or trade decisions of the time. These influences can be internalised and established as a part of the culture, even when the point of economic creation is no longer valid which generates oppressive or empowering ideas towards gender. These internalised cultural points can influence how gender is perceived and then structured to the next generation of culture. The encouragement from one generation of trade, consumerist goods, and capital that builds the culture, may or may not be unintended, yet still internalised. We need to understand the phenomena macroeconomic decisions have on a micro-level. This research can highlight and understand any country’s gendered view on a much deeper level.

The research field of enquiry is feminist political economy with the perspective of decolonisation. This relationship will then highlight the creation of an internalised impact stemmed from economic decisions within gender. The discussion looks at culture, the global economic impact that focuses on feminist political economy and decolonisation with a discussion point on feminist historical materialism. 

Research interests

  • Feminist political economy
  • Decolonisation
  • Psychology


Hana has over ten years’ experience in research, both academic and professionally. Hana has been able to bring together her experience within Psychology, Public Administration, and now Political Science. Her professional background within the charity sector and research has focused on gendered based violence, sexual abuse, diplomacy, mental health, economic impact, and global governance. This combination has led to the development of this research. Hana is an accredited FHEA lecturer with experience in the UK and Middle East, works on  consultancy projects, and continues to volunteer in the charity sector. 


  • Bsc Psychology London South Bank University 
  • Executive Master of Public Administration – London South Bank University & Erasmus Rotterdam University

Professional memberships

  • Chartered manager in CMI
  • FHEA (Fellow of Higher Education) awarded by the Advance HE