• Professional Profile

      • Associate Professor, Department of Economics - University of Denver (on sabbatical, fall 2017 and winter 2018).
      • Consultant, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities - Gender and Development Programme.


      My research is centered around two themes, which are based on an analysis of the imbalances of global capitalism and their implications for the future prospects of the world economy. The first theme focuses on the social, economic and environmental challenges associated with China’s rise in the global economy. My recent research has focused on the implications of the world's and China's ecological crisis on the prospects of development for China and other developing countries.

      The second theme is centered around the social consequences of neoliberalism, analyzed from a feminist perspective. My recent work has focused on the implications of labor markets under neoliberalism on mental health.


      In the DU News:

      "Putting a Spotlight on Environmental and Feminist Economicshttps://www.du.edu/ahss/news/story/research_piovani (Jan 29, 2018) and http://news.du.edu/putting-a-spotlight-on-environmental-and-feminist-economics/ (Feb 14, 2018)



  • Education

    • • PhD Economics, University of Utah, (Salt Lake City, UT) (2011)

      • MSc Economics with reference to the Asia Pacific Region, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (UK) (2005)

      • Laurea in Economic and Social Sciences [Summa cum laude], Luigi Bocconi University, Milan (Italy) (2003)


  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Teaching - Graduate Courses


      This course is designed to study the interplay between capitalism and the environment by discussing alternative economic approaches on environmental issues. The course presents the theoretical framework proposed by mainstream economics, and it outlines both its strengths and weaknesses. The course covers the multiple dimensions of the current global environmental crisis, discussing in particular peak oil and climate change. The course concludes with an exploration of alternative visions of how to achieve sustainability.

  • Teaching - Undergraduate Courses


      This course is designed to provide an overview of the development of economic institutions from pre-capitalism to capitalism, an understanding of the evolution of economic ideas from a history of economic thought perspective, and an introduction to the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. In particular, the course will introduce basic economic concepts, tools and models, with an emphasis on policy discussions.


      The rise of China in the global economy is one of the most significant developments of the last three decades. This course will provide a comprehensive analysis of the Chinese economy and China’s role in the global economy. The course starts with an overview of the historical development of the Chinese economy before and during the socialist era. The core of the course focuses on the nature and the impact of China’s economic reforms since 1978. Particular attention is devoted to the analysis of the social, economic and ecological challenges that China’s model of development and world capitalism are currently facing.


      This course is designed to provide students with an analytical framework necessary to understand the development and the functioning of the global economy, as well as an overview of the challenges that world capitalism is currently facing. The analysis focuses on the textbook presentation of theory and policy in open economies, and is integrated with critical readings to achieve a broader understanding of the current debates on trade and financial issues in the context of globalization and internationalization of markets. The first part of the course is centered on international trade. The discussion presents the dominant models used to show how countries may gain from opening up their borders to trade in goods and services. The limitations of these models is also examined by looking at alternative perspectives and critical arguments. Policy implications are explored as well. The second part of the course is devoted to balance of payments accounts, exchange rates, and international monetary arrangements.

  • Research


      Submitted (November 2017): Nursel Aydiner-Avsar and Chiara Piovani. “The Gender Impact of Unemployment and Employment Characteristics: A Micro Analysis for the United States.”

      • Chiara Piovani. 2017. ‘The Greening of China: Progress, Limitations, and Contradictions.’ Journal of Contemporary Asia. 47(1): 93-115.

      • Chiara Piovani and Nursel Aydiner-Avsar. ‘The Gender Impact of Social Protection Policies: A Critical Review of the Evidence.’ 2015. The Review of Political Economy. 27(3): 410-441.

      • Chiara Piovani and Nursel Aydiner-Avsar. 2014. ‘The 2008/2009 Economic Crisis: The Impact on Psychological Well-Being in the United States.’ Forum for Social Economics, Vol. 44, No.1, pp.18-45.

      • Chiara Piovani. 2014. ‘Class Power and China’s Productivity Miracle: Applying the Labor Extraction Model to China’s Industrial Sector, 1980-2007.’ Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 46(3), 331-354. 

      • Chiara Piovani and Hande Togrul. 2012. ‘Heterodox Economics and the Crises of Capitalism: Rethinking Pedagogy in Higher Education.’ International Critical Thought, Vol. 2(3), 375-386.

      • Chiara Piovani and Minqi Li. 2011a. ‘Is Climate Stabilization Compatible with Economic Growth? The Cases of China and India.' World Review of Political Economy, Vol. 3(4) (Fall 2011), pp. 477-494.

      • Chiara Piovani and Minqi Li. 2011b. ‘One Hundred Million Jobs for the Chinese Workers: Why China’s Current Model of Development Is Unsustainable and How A Progressive Economic Program Can Help the Chinese Workers, the Chinese Economy, and China’s Environment.’ Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 43(3), (March 2011), pp. 77-94.


      Chiara Piovani, Burak Onemli, and Maria Masood. 2018. “Trade and Gender Linkages: An Analysis of MERCOSUR” (Teaching Material on Trade and Gender). DITC/UNCTAD. Forthcoming. 

       Chiara Piovani and Burak Onemli. 2018. “Trade and Gender Linkages: An Analysis of the Southern African Development Community” (Teaching Material on Trade and Gender). DITC/UNCTAD. Forthcoming. 

      • Chiara Piovani and Nursel-Aydiner Avsar. 2012. ‘Gender and Social Policy: A Literature Review,’ background paper for UN Women (with Dr. Nursel Aydiner-Avsar). Reviewed and approved by UN staff. Paper revised after its content was reviewed by UN staff, and approved by UN staff in May 2012).


      • Chiara Piovani and Minqi Li. 2013. ‘Climate Change and the Limits to Growth-oriented Model of Development: The Case of China and India.’ Review of Radical Political Economics (Special Issue of the RRPE of Papers from the WAPE Forum of May, 2011), Vol. 45 No. 4, 449 - 455.

      • Nursel Aydiner-Avsar and Chiara Piovani. 2012. ‘The Gender Impact of Social Protection Policies in The United States: Trends, Debates and Policy Recommendations,’ Proceedings – Selected Papers. Annual Conference on International Political Economy: Challenges to the Welfare State (Izmir, Turkey), 23-25 May 2012.


      2017. China's Ecological Crisis and Global Capitalism Under Neoliberalism: The Other Face of China's 'Economic Miracle,' in Imperiled Economies 2018 - An URPE Reader (Edited by Paul Cooney, Ann Davis, Julio Huato, Paddy Quick, Geoffrey Schneider, Ramaa Vasudevan, and Matias Vernengo). Dollars & Sense. 



      2018. “Mainstreaming Gender in the Face of Pervasive Inequality.” Commentary. Center for International Governance Innovation. Available at https://www.cigionline.org/articles/mainstreaming-gender-face-pervasive-inequality

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