Our Team

Our research team brings together academics, who are experts on work and employment, multidimensional indicators and human development. We all also have a background in studying the capability approach, which we see as a theoretical framework for our work. Our researchers also bring together academic and policy experience, which means that our research is not just designed to further academic knowledge, but also to influence policy making directly in the countries where we work. Our team incorporates a number of young researchers, who are in early stages of their careers in an effort to provide them with opportunities for expanding their work experiences. Finally, although our team currently focuses mostly on research in Latin America, we are in the process of expanding our research to other regions in the world.

Our Team

Our research team brings together academics, who are experts on work and employment, multidimensional indicators and human development. We all also have a background in studying the capability approach, which we see as a theoretical framework for our work. Our researchers also bring together academic and policy experience, which means that our research is not just designed to further academic knowledge, but also to influence policy making directly in the countries where we work. Our team incorporates a number of young researchers, who are in early stages of their careers in an effort to provide them with opportunities for expanding their work experiences. Finally, although our team currently focuses mostly on research in Latin America, we are in the process of expanding our research to other regions in the world.

We propose a multidimensional
approach for measuring the
quality of employment
effectively

Kirsten Sehnburch

Kirsten Sehnbruch is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE…

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Kirsten Sehnbruch is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Universidad de Chile, Director of the Institute for Public Policy at the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and a Lecturer at the University of California, at Berkeley.

During 2018, Kirsten was awarded a British Academy Global Professorship to study the conceptualization and the measurement of the quality of employment in developing countries from the perspective of the capability approach: From a theoretical perspective, she examines employment as a missing dimension of the capability approach; empirically, she has established a summary indicator of job quality for 13 Latin American countries, which will be extended to other regions of the world going forwards. Her work informs social, labour and development policy more broadly as it allows for resources to be targeted at the most vulnerable workers in a labour market.

Kirsten’s articles have been published by World Development, The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, Latin American Perspectives and the International Labour Review. She is the author of the book The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and with Peter Siavelis co-editor of Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner, 2014). She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Social and Political Sciences in 2004.

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Joaquín Prieto is a research officer at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has completed his PhD in Social Policy at the LSE. He holds a BA in Industrial Engineering, a MSc in Economy and Environmental Management and post-graduate studies in Sociology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He was Vice-Director of the TECHO Foundation (2002-2003) and advisor to the Executive Directorate of the National Television Channel of Chile between 2004 and 2011. Joaquin founded and directed the Social Observatory at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado between 2005 and 2012. Since 2012, he has worked as a researcher and consultant for international agencies at the OECD, IDB, the Rand Corporation and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. His current research interests are economic and social well-being measures, inequality and income mobility, quality of employment and labour mobility, geography of opportunity and spatial analysis, and applied micro-econometrics and social policies.

Joaquín’s articles have been published in Development and Change, Eure, Economía y Política, and Persona y Sociedad.

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Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez

Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez provides communications support for the team at QoE. She holds a BScSoc in Politics and International Relations

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Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez provides communications support for the team at QoE. She holds a BScSoc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the LSE. Sofia has previously worked on communications for the LSE International Inequalities Institute, and as a qualitative researcher for other organisations. In her spare time, she volunteers as the Partnership and Charity Co-ordinator for the collective Dance for Refuge.

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Pablo A. González is the Academic Director of the Centre for Public Systems (CSP) at Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MA and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also Associate Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) at the Universidad de Chile. Currently, he is an External Advisor for Chile’s National Fund for Research and Development of Education (FONIDE) and a member of the Panel of Experts for Chile’s National Socioeconomic Household Survey (CASEN). From 2008 to 2013, he was the Coordinator of the Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, IDB, OECD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and RTI and worked as Head of Planning and Budget of the Chilean Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) (1994-1997).

Pablo has published in Habitat International, World Development, The Information Society, Trend Management, and Cuadernos de Economía. He is also the author of various Human Development Reports on Chile.

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Rocío Méndez Pineda

Rocío Méndez Pineda is a Research Assistant at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE and an MSc student in Social Research Methods at UCL

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Rocío Méndez Pineda is a Research Assistant at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE and an MSc student in Social Research Methods at UCL. She holds a BA in Economics from the Escuela Superior en Economía y Negocios (ESEN) in El Salvador and an MA in Public Policy from the Universidad de Chile. In El Salvador, she worked as a Junior Researcher in Economics and Social Policy at the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES). In Chile, she worked as a Researcher at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Diego Portales, where she also taught courses on Statistical Inference. In addition, Rocío worked as a consultant for UNICEF and FAO on topics related to multidimensional child poverty and decent work. Her research focuses on inequalities, labour markets and mobility, with applications to Latin America and Europe.

Rocío has published in World Development.

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Rafael Carranza

Rafael is a PhD student in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an MRes in economics from University College London

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Rafael is a PhD student in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an MRes in economics from University College London and a BA and MA in economics from the Universidad de Chile. Before his PhD, he worked as an advisor in the Public Policy Division of the Chilean Cabinet Office, and as an instructor professor at the Department of Economics at the Universidad de Chile, where he taught courses on microeconometrics and welfare economics. He is currently a sponsored student of the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and takes part in the Leverhulme Programme at the International Inequalities Institute of the LSE. His research focuses on the role of unfair determinants of inequality and the econometric issues that arise when measuring inequality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility, with applications to Europe and the United States.                 

He has published in Development and Change and Environment and Planning.

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Mauricio Apablaza

Mauricio Apablaza is director of research at the School of Government at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile and a research associate of the OPHI

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Mauricio Apablaza is director of research at the School of Government at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile and a research associate of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford University. Mauricio is also the academic director of the programme Conocimiento e Investigación en Personas Mayores (CIPEM). Previously, he worked as a Research Officer and Outreach Coordinator at OPHI, where he was regional director for civil society organizations and consultant to international businesses and agencies (MEDSTAT/OECD, UNDP, SADC, WORLD BANK). He has led training programmes for OPHI in South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Hungary, Brasil, Chile, the Netherlands, Barbados, US, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Thailand, among others.

He has published articles in PLOS ONE, World Development, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Review of Income and Wealth, among others. He teaches applied microeconomics and quantitative methods at the undergraduate and graduate level (Masters and PhD) at the Universidad del Desarrollo. Mauricio holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a postdoc from the University of Oxford. His research areas and publications focus on institutions, multidimensional indicators and poverty dynamics. 

 

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Verónica Arriagada

Verónica Arriagada is currently working as a Coordinator of the Research and Training division at the Chilean Ministry of Social Development and Family…

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Verónica Arriagada is currently working as a Coordinator of the Research and Training division at the Chilean Ministry of Social Development and Family. Prior to this she worked as a Researcher at the Universidad del Desarrollo and at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion (COES) and as an analyst at the Department of Migration and External Affairs of the Chilean government. She holds an MSc in Sociology from London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in Public Policy from Universidad de Chile, and a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has taught courses on data analysis and mixed methods at various universities in Chile. Her research interests include the sociology of work, social dialogue, and migrant integration.

Verónica has published in World Development and Academia y Crítica.

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Diego Vidal Gómez

Diego is currently working as an Economic Analyst in Chile’s Undersecretary of Social Security at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security…

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Diego is currently working as an Economic Analyst in Chile’s Undersecretary of Social Security at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. He is a candidate for an MA in Economics at the Universidad de Chile and holds a BA in Economics from the same institution. Diego has taught courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics and political economy at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. His research focuses on labour markets and economic policy.

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Kirsten Sehnburch

Kirsten Sehnbruch is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE…

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Kirsten Sehnbruch is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Universidad de Chile, Director of the Institute for Public Policy at the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and a Lecturer at the University of California, at Berkeley.

During 2018, Kirsten was awarded a British Academy Global Professorship to study the conceptualization and the measurement of the quality of employment in developing countries from the perspective of the capability approach: From a theoretical perspective, she examines employment as a missing dimension of the capability approach; empirically, she has established a summary indicator of job quality for 13 Latin American countries, which will be extended to other regions of the world going forwards. Her work informs social, labour and development policy more broadly as it allows for resources to be targeted at the most vulnerable workers in a labour market.

Kirsten’s articles have been published by World Development, The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, Latin American Perspectives and the International Labour Review. She is the author of the book The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and with Peter Siavelis co-editor of Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner, 2014). She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in Social and Political Sciences in 2004.

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Pablo A. González

Pablo A. González is the Academic Director of the Centre for Public Systems (CSP) at Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile

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Pablo A. González is the Academic Director of the Centre for Public Systems (CSP) at Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MA and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also Associate Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) at the Universidad de Chile. Currently, he is an External Advisor for Chile’s National Fund for Research and Development of Education (FONIDE) and a member of the Panel of Experts for Chile’s National Socioeconomic Household Survey (CASEN). From 2008 to 2013, he was the Coordinator of the Human Development Report for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has been a consultant for the World Bank, IDB, OECD, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and RTI and worked as Head of Planning and Budget of the Chilean Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) (1994-1997).

Pablo has published in Habitat International, World Development, The Information Society, Trend Management, and Cuadernos de Economía. He is also the author of various Human Development Reports on Chile.

 

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Mauricio Apablaza

Mauricio Apablaza is director of research at the School of Government at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile and a research associate of the OPHI

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Mauricio Apablaza is director of research at the School of Government at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile and a research associate of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford University. Mauricio is also the academic director of the programme Conocimiento e Investigación en Personas Mayores (CIPEM). Previously, he worked as a Research Officer and Outreach Coordinator at OPHI, where he was regional director for civil society organizations and consultant to international businesses and agencies (MEDSTAT/OECD, UNDP, SADC, WORLD BANK). He has led training programmes for OPHI in South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Jordan, Egypt, Hungary, Brasil, Chile, the Netherlands, Barbados, US, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Thailand, among others.

He has published articles in PLOS ONE, World Development, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Review of Income and Wealth, among others. He teaches applied microeconomics and quantitative methods at the undergraduate and graduate level (Masters and PhD) at the Universidad del Desarrollo. Mauricio holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham and a postdoc from the University of Oxford. His research areas and publications focus on institutions, multidimensional indicators and poverty dynamics.

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Joaquín Prieto is a research officer at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has completed his PhD in Social Policy at the LSE. He holds a BA in Industrial Engineering, a MSc in Economy and Environmental Management and post-graduate studies in Sociology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He was Vice-Director of the TECHO Foundation (2002-2003) and advisor to the Executive Directorate of the National Television Channel of Chile between 2004 and 2011. Joaquin founded and directed the Social Observatory at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado between 2005 and 2012. Since 2012, he has worked as a researcher and consultant for international agencies at the OECD, IDB, the Rand Corporation and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. His current research interests are economic and social well-being measures, inequality and income mobility, quality of employment and labour mobility, geography of opportunity and spatial analysis, and applied micro-econometrics and social policies.

Joaquín’s articles have been published in Development and Change, Eure, Economía y Política, and Persona y Sociedad.

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Rocío Méndez Pineda

Rocío Méndez Pineda is a Research Assistant at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE and an MSc student in Social Research Methods at UCL

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Rocío Méndez Pineda is a Research Assistant at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE and an MSc student in Social Research Methods at UCL. She holds a BA in Economics from the Escuela Superior en Economía y Negocios (ESEN) in El Salvador and an MA in Public Policy from the Universidad de Chile. In El Salvador, she worked as a Junior Researcher in Economics and Social Policy at the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES). In Chile, she worked as a Researcher at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Diego Portales, where she also taught courses on Statistical Inference. In addition, Rocío worked as a consultant for UNICEF and FAO on topics related to multidimensional child poverty and decent work. Her research focuses on inequalities, labour markets and mobility, with applications to Latin America and Europe.

Rocío has published in World Development.

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Verónica Arriagada

Verónica Arriagada is currently working as a Coordinator of the Research and Training division at the Chilean Ministry of Social Development and Family…

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Verónica Arriagada is currently working as a Coordinator of the Research and Training division at the Chilean Ministry of Social Development and Family. Prior to this she worked as a Researcher at the Universidad del Desarrollo and at the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion (COES) and as an analyst at the Department of Migration and External Affairs of the Chilean government. She holds an MSc in Sociology from London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in Public Policy from Universidad de Chile, and a BA in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has taught courses on data analysis and mixed methods at various universities in Chile. Her research interests include the sociology of work, social dialogue, and migrant integration.

Verónica has published in World Development and Academia y Crítica.

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Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez

Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez provides communications support for the team at QoE. She holds a BScSoc in Politics…

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Sofia Muñoz Gonzalez provides communications support for the team at QoE. She holds a BScSoc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the LSE. Sofia has previously worked on communications for the LSE International Inequalities Institute, and as a qualitative researcher for other organisations. In her spare time, she volunteers as the Partnership and Charity Co-ordinator for the collective Dance for Refuge.

Rafael Carranza

Rafael is a PhD student in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an MRes in economics from University College London

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Rafael is a PhD student in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an MRes in economics from University College London and a BA and MA in economics from the Universidad de Chile. Before his PhD, he worked as an advisor in the Public Policy Division of the Chilean Cabinet Office, and as an instructor professor at the Department of Economics at the Universidad de Chile, where he taught courses on microeconometrics and welfare economics. He is currently a sponsored student of the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and takes part in the Leverhulme Programme at the International Inequalities Institute of the LSE. His research focuses on the role of unfair determinants of inequality and the econometric issues that arise when measuring inequality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility, with applications to Europe and the United States.                 

He has published in Development and Change and Environment and Planning.

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Diego Vidal Gómez

Diego is currently working as an Economic Analyst in Chile’s Undersecretary of Social Security at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security…

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Diego is currently working as an Economic Analyst in Chile’s Undersecretary of Social Security at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. He is a candidate for an MA in Economics at the Universidad de Chile and holds a BA in Economics from the same institution. Diego has taught courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics and political economy at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. His research focuses on labour markets and economic policy.

 

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