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Victoria Bateman

(She / Her)
Fellow in Economic History, University of Cambridge

Victoria is author of the book “Naked Feminism: Breaking the Cult of Female Modesty”, published in March 2023. She has published extensively on economics, economic history and feminism, has written for Bloomberg, has appeared on the BBC and ITV, and has spoken at the Hay Festival, the Bradford Literary Festival, The Festival of Ideas, and The House of Literature (Oslo). Her previous books include “The Sex Factor: How Women made the West Rich”, and she is the resident economic historian on the BBC Radio 4 series “Understand: the economy”.

Aside from her writing and public speaking, Victoria is also known for using her body in art and protest to challenge the assumptions and stigma surrounding women’s bodies. Her naked portraits have been displayed at the Mall Galleries in London (2014 & 2019) and at Girton College, Cambridge, and she has delivered live naked performances on stage at Dartington Literary Festival, at the Cambridge Junction theatre and at Chester Diversity Festival - as well as making appearances on the topic of feminist economics at DEFRA and the ONS in nothing more than a handful of banknotes.

For further information on Victoria, see her website


  • –present
    Lecturer and Fellow in Economics, University of Cambridge