Sheba Tejani joined IDD as a Lecturer in autumn 2020. From 2015 onwards, she worked as Assistant Professor at the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School in New York. Prior to this, she worked as a Consulting Economist with the Gender, Trade and Development section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. She has also undertaken numerous consultancies with other international organisations such as the ILO, World Bank, UN Women and UNDESA.
Sheba completed her PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in 2012 specialising in the fields of international economics and development. She also received her Masters in Economics from the New School. Her undergraduate degree in International Relations was taken at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA.
Sheba’s work has been centred on the distributional consequences of international trade and structural transformation in developing countries. She is interested in inequalities stemming from technological change, labour productivity growth and changing employment patterns. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, “Three essays in employment and productivity growth” and focused on phenomena such as jobless growth and rising gender inequalities in the context of technological upgrading. Her research has focused mostly on middle-income developing countries in East Asia, Latin America and South Asia.
She is currently an external collaborator on a research project being conducted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre and ILO titled, “The effects of automation in the apparel and automotive sectors and their gender dimensions”. The project uses a case study and comparative approach across Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Portugal and Germany in order to understand how automation in the apparel and automotive global value chains is affecting workers and gender inequalities.
Since 2014 she has been studying how different discursive, legal and developmental techniques have been used to construct a Hindu nation in the state of Gujarat, India. Sheba was recently awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (US) to support this work.