Marzia Fontana is a development economist with special research interests in gender inequalities, international trade, labour markets and unpaid work. She currently works as an independent researcher based in Brighton, United Kingdom.
She was previously a research fellow and an M.A. gender and development convenor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Marzia has contributed extensively to the field of gender-aware macroeconomic modelling and published a number of articles and book chapters on the gender effects of trade in developing countries. One of her most recent publications on this topic is Gender Equality in Trade Agreements, a study for the FEMM Committee of the European Parliament.
She has been a member of the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics since the late 1990s. She has provided research and advisory support to a number of international organizations, including the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Food Programme, UN Women, World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has fieldwork experience mostly in Asia (India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos PDR and Fiji Islands).