Her main research topics include financial economy, which has allowed deep knowledge related to economic crises for more than thirty years from a critical and heterodox perspective. The approach to development theory and development financing ranges from the external indebtedness problem to the participation of microfinance institutions and the profitability of microcredits. Through working with austerity policies in order to address the problem of international credits, she has tackled gender economics by developing research topics with new hypotheses in what refers to feminist frontier economics. Her works are obligatory reading to understand the course of the development of capitalism worldwide. Since 2010 and until 2018 she was the director of Problemas del Desarrollo, Revista Lationamericana de Economía of the Institute of Economic Research (IIEc) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); she is Coordinator of the University Program of Studies on Asia and Africa (PUEAA) since 2017; member of the Board of the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) since 2015, and part of the High Panel for Economic Empowerment of the United Nations since 2016.
Awarded with the “Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz” prize for her academic career; the “National University” Prize for her research in Economic-Administrative Sciences 2010; and twice with the “Gabino Barreda” medal for her master and doctorate degrees. She belongs to the National System of Researchers, level III and has taught undergraduate, master and doctorate courses in the Postgraduate Program of Latin American Studies and Economics at UNAM. She is the tutor of these postgraduate programs and has directed more than thirty theses in the three levels.
Author of the books Fifty Years Of External Debt (1991); End of Century And External Debt: History Without End (1995); Financial Crisis (2002); Japan: Asymmetries And Financial System Regulation (2006); Argentina: Its Recurrent Instability (2009). Coauthor of A Marxist Approach To The Inflationary Problem (1977); Mexico: The Banks We Lost. From Deregulation To Foreignization Of The Financial System (2005); The Collapse Of The International Financial System (2009); Financial System, Global Imbalances And Regulation (2011); Europe, Sovereign Debts And Financialization (2013).
Books that she has coordinated: Mexico: Integration And Globalization, Background Of A Development Model? (1992); Financial Integration And FTA: Challenges And Perspectives (1995); The Development Bank Towards The Beginning Of The 21st Century (1996); Banking Crisis And Expired Portfolios (1997); Financial Crisis: Market Without Borders (1998); Crisis And Future of Banking In Mexico (2002); Globality, Crisis And Monetary Reform (1999); The Globality Of The World’s Economy: Main Dimensions At The Threshold Of The 21st Century (1999); Contemporary Financial Economics (2004); Women And Economy (2002); Financial Consequence Of Globalization (2005); Tribute To Ifigenia Martínez: Political Economy Of Contemporary Mexico (2006); Asymmetries And Uncertainty: The Challenges Of An Alternative Economic Strategy For Latin America (2009); Financial Crisis: New Manias, Old Panics (2010); Mexico: Successful Affiliates And Economic Failure (2010), Post Keynesian Thinking Of Financial Instability To Macroeconomic Restructuring (2010), Financial Bankruptcies And Paradigmatic Experiences (2010), Public Banking, Financial Crisis and Development (2010), Fiscal and Financial Debate ( 2010). For the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO): Financial Reforms In Latin America (2006); Monetarist Confrontations: Marxists And Post-Keynesians In Latin America (2006); From South to South to the North: Political Economy Of The Emerging International Economic Order (2007); Anthology Of Feminism In Latin America. An Anthology of Ibero-American Thought, Spain (2007); Gender And Globalization (2009); Spanish Economists Of Exile In Mexico (2009); Economic Crisis: A Feminist Perspective In Latin America (2010); Crisis: Economy, Finance And The Environment (2011); The Challenge Of The 21st Century. Regulate The Global Financial System (2012); The Female Exile In Mexico (2012); Mexico In The Financing Trap: The Path Of No Development (2013); Strategies For Sustainable Development In The Face Of The Three Crises: Finance, Economy And the Environment (2013); Between The Deep Recession And The Great Crisis. New Theoretical And Alternative Interpretations (2014); Democracy, Financialization And Neoextractionism Before The Challenges Of Industrialization And The Labor Market (2014); From ‘Living Well’ To ‘Good Living’, Between Feminist Economics, Philanthropy And Migration: Towards The Search For Alternatives (2014); Cross-Border Business Experience. Crisis, Migration And Financing (2014); Credit and currency. Transitions in the 21st Century (2015); The Hasekura Mission: 400 Years Of Its Legacy In The Relations Between Mexico And Japan (2015); Monetary Circuits, Financial Fragility And Structural Change (2015); China And Mexico. A Cultural Dialogue From The Humanities And The Social Sciences (2015); Monetary Economy Of Production. Money, Instability And Crisis (2015); Public Policies To Face The Crisis And Achieve Sustainable Development (2016); Financial Reorganization In Asia And Latin America In The Post-Crisis Period (2017); 2nd International Colloquium Of Chinese And Mexican Studies: From Dialogue to Understanding (2017); Stagnation And Deflation In A Global World (2017).
Most of her publications were published in the magazines Problemas del Desarrollo and Momento Económico of the IIEc – UNAM, as well as in the Foreign Trade Magazine of BANCOMEXT and other international publications. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) (2003-2006); President of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) (2014 – 2015); she chaired the North American Economics and Financial Association (NAEFA), from the Allied Social Sciences Association (1998); member of the Mexican Federation of University Students (FEMU), the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Mexican Academy of Political Economy. She has been responsible for several research projects, the Directorate General of Academic Personnel Affairs (DGAPA) of the UNAM. Coordinator of the Gender, Globalization and Development Working Group of CLACSO which brought together researchers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Mexico, (2007-2009) and, also, from projects of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). The Governing Board of the UNAM elected her to manage two periods (1994-1998 and 1998-2002) of the direction of the IIEc and, as director, she founded the Euro-Latin American Network for Development Studies “Celso Furtado”; the Collection of books “Mtro. Jesús Silva Herzog” and Short Texts of Economics collaborating with the editorial “Miguel Ángel Porrúa”; during 2001 the Ola Financiera Magazine began by gathering different perspectives on the financial situation. This electronic magazine, which electronic address is: www.olafinanciera.unam.mx, nowadays it is a magazine about the unfolding of the financial crisis. Alicia Girón has been on sabbatical stays and as visiting professor at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) of the University of Tokyo in Japan and at the Department of Economics of the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), (2002-2004); and at the headquarters of the Executive Secretariat of CLACSO in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005-2006). She has participated at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid on several occasions and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).