Donna L. Doane


Areas of Expertise:


Business & the Labor Force – (1) Women in the informal economy, especially in developing country contexts in South, Southeast and East Asia. (2) Women’s organizations and networks.


Sciences, Technology & Engineering – (1) Combining “modern” and “traditional” knowledge/technologies (medicine, crafts, etc.). (2) Women in science in developing and industrialized country contexts.


Other – (1) Gender and other social hierarchies, especially prejudice and discrimination. (2) Identities based on gender, race, ethnicity, class, national origin, sexuality, religion, etc.


Donna L. Doane, PhD, is a Senior Researcher and Adjunct Faculty in Gender and Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand. She is also a Program Consultant for HomeNet South Asia, a network of organizations of homebased (predominantly women) workers in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with partners in several other South and Southeast Asian countries. Dr. Doane has a BA from Stanford University, and an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in Economics from Yale University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a tenured Associate Professor in Economics in the U.S. She has spent the majority of her life in Asia and in recent decades has been living and working in Thailand, India, Japan, and the Philippines, teaching in universities and research institutes and doing research in association with informal workers’ organizations and networks. Dr. Doane’s areas of interest include gender and economic development, the informal economy, women’s economic empowerment, and social protection (including both “traditional” and government-centered responses to health, conflict, livelihood, and related concerns). She continues to combine work in economics and political economy with anthropology and related fields.