Dr Victoria Bateman
fellow in economics at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

Dr Victoria Bateman is a fellow in economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. She was born in Tameside, Greater Manchester, and grew up in Oldham, where she developed an avid interest in the Industrial Revolution, and the causes of poverty and prosperity.

Her first book, published in 2012, was on the history of markets and their relationship with economic growth. Since then, Victoria has frequently commentated on economic issues, including for Bloomberg View, UnHerd and CapX, and has often appeared on the BBC.

Victoria has led calls for a sexual revolution in economics as well as conducting various high-profile ‘naked protests’ to highlight the marginalisation of women’s bodies in economic and policy debates. Victoria also uses the medium of art to challenge attitudes towards women’s bodies, which she argues are at the root of gender inequalities. Her naked portrait, painted by Anthony Connolly RP, went on display at the Mall Galleries in 2014, challenging the idea that women’s bodies are sinful, and reminding us that behind every image of a naked woman is an intelligent being – who can talk back.

Her forthcoming book, The Sex Factor: how women made the West rich, will be published by Polity Books in April 2019.

Follow Victoria on Twitter: @vnbateman