Sarah Cook is the Director, Institute of Global Development at UNSW. She previously led UNICEF’s Office of Research, and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and has worked at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, and with the Ford Foundation in China. Her research covers issues at the intersection of economic and social policy, with a primary focus on China’s development. She has worked extensively on gender issues in China, on care work, labour force participation and women’s political participation. Sarah has managed a number of multi-country and interdisciplinary research programmes in Asia, including on social protection, on informal employment and on migration and health. Relevant publications include ‘Harsh Choices: Chinese Women’s Paid Work and Unpaid Care Responsibilities under Economic Reform’ (with Xiao-yuan Dong) in Development and Change (July 2011). Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 947–965 and Social protection as development policy-Asian perspectives Edited volume, with Naila Kabeer, July 2010, Routledge India.