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Dr Serena Natile

Dr Serena Natile
Lecturer in Social-Legal Studies


Dr Serena Natile is a Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Brunel Law School. Prior to joining Brunel University London, Serena was a Postdoctoral Researcher at King’s College London (2017-2018) and an Associate Lecturer and Researcher at Kent Law School (2011-2018), where she completed her PhD in 2016. Serena’s PhD thesis Mobile Money and the Limits of Financial Inclusion: A Gender Analysis of M-Pesa in Kenya explored the narratives and institutions of digital financial inclusion as a development strategy for gender equality by looking at Kenya’s path-breaking mobile money project, M-Pesa. She has recently completed the book The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion: Mobile Money, Gendered Walls, RIPE Series in Global Political Economy, Routledge.  

At Kent Law School, Serena served for three years on the steering committee of the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality and worked on British Academy and European Research Council-funded research projects. At King’s College, Serena worked with Professor David Nelken on a project on Digital Humanitarianism, aimed at exploring law and policy dilemmas emergent in the use of digital technologies in humanitarian and development work. Besides academia, Serena gained relevant experience in EU, International and Human Rights Law working for the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union (Migration, Asylum and Borders) and for the United Nations Development Programme in Brussels and collaborating with various gender rights organisations in Italy, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Brazil. 


PhD in Socio-Legal Studies, Kent Law School, University of Kent (UK)

MA in European and International Studies, University of Trento (Italy)

LLB, University of Siena (Italy) with an academic year spent at the University of Bristol Law School (UK)

Other qualifications:

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


Director of International and External Partnerships, Brunel Law School (2019-)

Research Seminar Series Convenor (2018-2019) Eventbrite page

Member of the steering committee of the Brunel Academy for the Transformation of Teaching 

Member of the CBASS working group on Equality & Diversity (Social Justice and Anti-Racism) 

Member of the Athena Swan working group

Newest selected publications

Natile, S. (2020) '‘Digital Finance and the Mobile Money Social Enterprise: A Socio-Legal Critique of M-Pesa in Kenya’'. Historical Social Research ==, 45 (3). pp. 74 - 94. ISSN: 0172-6404 Open Access Link

Journal article

Beaumier, G., Kalomeni, K., Campbell-Verduyn, M., Lenglet, M., Natile, S., Papin, M., et al. (2020) 'Global Regulations for a Digital Economy: Between New and Old Challenges'. Global Policy. ISSN: 1758-5880 Open Access Link

Journal article

Natile, S. (2020) 'The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion: Mobile Money, Gendered Walls'. Routledge. ISSN 13: 9780367179588 Open Access Link


Natile, S. (2019) 'Regulating Exclusions? Gender, Development and the Limits of Inclusionary Financial Platforms'. International Journal of Law in Context, 4 (15). pp. 461 - 478. ISSN: 1744-5523 Open Access Link

Journal article

Natile, S. and Tapia, ST. (2018) 'Governance Feminism: An Introduction'. LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW, 52 (4). pp. 1106 - 1111. ISSN: 0023-9216 Open Access Link

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