Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein

Centre for Capitalism Studies Visiting Research Fellow, 1st August 2024 to 31st July 2025.

Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein is a Canada Research Chair of Africana Development and Feminist Political Economy and Associate Professor of Global Development at the University of Toronto Scarborough and she is cross-appointed to the graduate program of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is founder and member of the Diverse Solidarity Economies (DISE) Collective working to amplify cooperativism and membership institutions. Hossein also holds an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario government since 2018. 

In 2024 Hossein was named one of Canada's most accomplished Black Women by 100abc Women. Hossein is board member to the International Association of Feminist Economics, advisor to Oxford University Press, editorial board member to the U.N. Task Force for the Social and Solidarity Economy, advisor to An Economy of our Own and was a recent fellow at The Postgrowth Institute. Hossein is the author of the multi-award winning ‘Politicized Microfinance’ (2016), co-author of ‘Critical Introduction to Business and Society’ (2017); editor of ‘The Black Social Economy’ (2018), co-editor of ‘Community Economies in the Global South’ (2022) and ‘Beyond Racial Capitalism’ (2023) both by Oxford UP. Her new book is ‘The Banker Ladies: Vanguards of Solidarity Economics and Community based banks' (2024) published by the Univ of Toronto Press. 

Project summary

My project, Feminist Cooperative Development in Africa and Its Diaspora, is repairing the harms of capitalist business-as-usual and suppression of cooperative knowledge in Black diasporic communities. The overarching goal of this project is to document the traditions, philosophies, and experiences at the heart of a range of informal sustaining economic practices found across the African diaspora in order to ensure that this work is fully represented in policy-making discourse and global social economy institutions. Through the use of a Black feminist economic framework, the project will meet with ROSCA users in the UK and especially those who are working in the broader Black social economy, to amplify the multiple forms of politicized economic cooperation taking place in Black communities globally.