Tonia Warnecke

Dr. Tonia Warnecke

Tonia Warnecke is Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship & Business and Co-Director of the Center for India & South Asia at Rollins College. In Fall 2013, she was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in International Development Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Warnecke is an economist specializing in international development processes and policy. At Rollins, she teaches courses in micro- and macro-economics, global development, globalization and gender, and social entrepreneurship. As the faculty advisor to the Rollins Microfinance Fund, Dr. Warnecke enjoys working with students to put social entrepreneurship into practice and support budding entrepreneurs around the world.  She is also the institutional liaison to the Worker Rights Consortium and is part of the strategic planning group for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability initiative at Rollins.

Dr. Warnecke’s research is interdisciplinary and policy-oriented. She focuses on gender and development issues, including labor, finance, and social policy, and has published widely in international journals. She is also Associate Editor for the Review of Social Economy.  Dr. Warnecke was awarded the Young Scholars Award by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought in 2009, and in 2012 received a best paper award at the International Symposium for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for her research on female entrepreneurship. In 2013, Dr. Warnecke was selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and also was awarded the McKean Grant to support her research. She aims to reduce the gap between academic research and policymaking; several of Dr. Warnecke’s scholarly papers have been presented at the International Labour Organization, and in 2013 she collaborated with the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development for a project on social and solidarity economy.  In 2013 she also authored a policy brief on female entrepreneurship programs for a collaborative project between McGill University and the Canadian International Development Agency.  Her Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life,  coedited with Deborah Figart, includes 33 chapters of original research on a myriad of topics related to gender and economic life in developed and developing countries (2013, Edward Elgar).  In 2014, Dr. Warnecke was awarded the Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship.

As a development economist, Dr. Warnecke also has significant international experience; she enjoys travelling and learning from others around the world.  She studied in Hungary and Spain, worked in Montreal, and has travelled to more than 25 countries on 5 continents.  She regularly presents research at international conferences, and has also accompanied students to the Netherlands, Portugal, and China, presenting joint research with them as part of the student-faculty collaborative scholarship program.

How to contact Dr. Warnecke: or 407-691-1285

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