Parvin Alizadeh was born and brought up in Iran where she did her first university degree. Parvin completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sussex in Brighton. She is a senior lecturer of Economics at London Metropolitan University. Parvin also taught at Keynse College in Kent University, UK. She was also an associate professor of economics at Denison University, Ohio, USA from 2000 to 2003. Parvin has worked as a consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Bank. Her main research interests are in ‘female employment’ and ‘late industrialization’. She has published in the Journal of International Development, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science, and the Brown Journal of the World Affairs.