Victoria Bateman

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Victoria N. Bateman

1979 (age 39–40)[1]
OccupationAcademic, economist
Spouse(s)James Bateman
Academic background
Alma materSaddleworth School, Oldham Sixth Form College, University of Cambridge (BA)
University of Oxford (MSc, DPhil)
Academic work
InstitutionsGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Main interestsBritish economic history, macroeconomics, feminism

Victoria N. Bateman (née Powell, born 1979) is a British feminist economist and academic, specialising in macroeconomics and British economic history. She is a fellow in economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[2]

Brought up in Lees, Oldham, Victoria Bateman attended Saddleworth School, Uppermill. She then studied for her A-levels at Oldham Sixth Form College where she was President of the Student Union. Following this, she read Economics at Cambridge University, and went on to receive her Masters and doctoral degrees from Oxford University.


In 2014, Bateman commissioned and posed nude for a life-size portrait by Anthony Connolly, which subsequently appeared in the Mall Galleries.[3] Bateman said that the purpose of the painting was to ask questions about the sexualisation of women in modern society.[4]

In 2016, Bateman attended a Cambridge University Faculty of Economics meeting naked as a protest against Brexit.[5] She had the words "Brexit leaves Britain naked" written across her stomach and breasts.[6]

In June 2018, Bateman attended the Gonville and Caius College end of term supervisor dinner wearing a see through body suit, with the words "my body my choice" written on her body.[7] Bateman is an advocate of the recognition by economists of the economic value of the sex trade and the right of women to earn their living by prostitution.[8][9]

In July 2018, Bateman posted a video on Twitter in which she appeared naked and discussed inequality in economics.[10]

On 14 January 2019, Bateman delivered an hour-long lecture against Brexit at the Cambridge Junction while naked,[11] then asked the audience to sign her body as a petition.[12] She was subsequently invited to appear on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, in which she also stripped naked.[13] This led to a naked appearance on Good Morning Britain, although her body was pixelated before broadcast.[14]


  1. ^ Bateman, Victoria (25 July 2017). "Capitalists – not socialists – are killing capitalism". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Dr Victoria N Bateman". Gonville & Caius College. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ Bateman, Victoria (21 November 2015). "The naked truth about women in science". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Why such a scandal over a nude painting of a Cambridge academic?". 18 May 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ Espinoza, Javier (1 July 2016). "'Brexit leaves Britain naked': Cambridge academic stages nude protest against outcome of EU referendum". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  6. ^ Bulman, May (2 July 2016). "Cambridge academic stages nude protest over Brexit in front of 30 economists during faculty meeting". The Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Female lecturer bares all to promote abortion, prostitution at faculty dinner". 20 June 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. ^ Bulman, May (31 March 2017). "Female sex workers should be thought of in same way as male soldiers and boxers, Cambridge academic says". The Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  9. ^ Woolcock, Nicola (31 March 2017). "Why shouldn't women make a living from sex, academic asks". The Times. Retrieved 2 April 2017.(subscription required)
  10. ^ "Naked Cambridge University don says stripper jokes won't stop me". 25 July 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Brexit". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  12. ^ Hallam, Luke (15 January 2019). "Dr Victoria Bateman Gets Naked Against Brexit". The Cambridge Student. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Professor does Brexit radio interview completely in the nude". 8 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Dr Victoria Bateman on GMB: Naked protester branded 'embarrassing' as she strips off for live interview". 12 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.