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UCHILE

Location: 
Santiago de Chile
Chile
CL
Partner Website: 

www.uchile.cl/

About the UCHILE

The University of Chile is the most renowned and oldest university in Chile. Its mission is to contribute to academic excellence in the country, and to generate knowledge that is of service to the country’s 
development. The university teaches a full range of subject areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Its body of professors is considered one of the best in Latin America. Its mission is to provide a space for free thought and expression, for pluralism and for the participation of its members in its institutional development. The University of Chile´s team of researchers is lead by Kirsten Sehnbruch, PhD. in Social Sciences from the University of Cambridge, with more than ten years of experience in development studies.

The Centre for New Development Thinking (www.dev-out.cl), at the Faculty of Business and Economics, was established in 2012 and is led by a multidisciplinary team of distinguished academics from different Chilean and international Universities. Its main objective is to bring together a multidisciplinary and international team of researchers (policy experts and policymakers) whose work will make original contributions to those areas of research which have been neglected or left unresolved by development thinking during recent decades. The Centre for New Development Thinking focuses on four specific areas: inequality, employment, the environment and productive development, and the interaction between them.

UCHILE News

The launch of the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies in Chile - Read more here

UCHILE key staff members

Team Leader

Kirsten Sehnbruch is a professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Chile and  Director of the Centre for New Development Thinking. Before this, she worked for five years as a Lecturer and Senior Scholar at the University of California, at Berkeley. Her research focuses on Latin American labour markets and social policy. She is the author of the book The Chilean Labour Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labour Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and co-author with Peter Siavelis of the book Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner), as well as of numerous academic articles and papers. Before becoming an academic, she worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Buenos Aires, as an analyst on the Mexico Desk at the European Commission’s Directorate for External Relations, and as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs London where she qualified as a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA). She holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. (Download CV)

Researchers     

Claudio Bravo is an economist specialized in Economic Growth and Innovation, but he also does some research in International Economics and Political Economy. Before joining the University of Chile he worked at the World Bank (Washington DC), and previously for the Center for Applied Economics, at the Industrial Engineering Department and in Cieplan (CorporaciĂłn de Estudios para LatinoamĂ©rica). He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Inter American Development Bank, Korean Development Institute, Cieplan and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the academic year 2008-2009 he was Visiting Scholar at Department of Economics at UCL, and Visiting Fellow at SPRU in the University of Sussex. He holds a PhD. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.

Javiera Selman has six years of experience in empirical social research. From 2008 to 2012 she worked at the Observatorio Social of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, conducting survey studies and research for the Chilean government and non-profit institutions. Since 2012 she works at the Centre for New Development Thinking at the University of Chile. Her research focuses on well-being analysis and public policy evaluation. One of her main research topics is how the tax system can be better used in development countries to reduce poverty and inequality. She has also worked in different research projects related to labour economics, public expenditure and tax policy. Currently she is analysing the trends in well-being indicators of children and the elderly in Chile. She studied a BA in Economics at University of Chile and a Master of Arts in Economics offered jointly by ILADES (Chile) and Georgetown University (USA). In September 2014 she will start a PhD in Public Policy at New York University, United States.

Nurjk Agloni holds an Mphil in Modern Society and Global Transformations from Cambridge University, U.K.. She has more than ten years of experience working in social research, as well as in social projects planning and evaluation, in NGO´s and the public sector. Her research interests involve public policies and development in Latin America; her work includes the design, execution and analysis of the first national survey for measuring domestic violence in Chile, the evaluation of numerous governmental programs in education, a comparative study of the policies aiming to reduce income inequality in Brazil and Chile and some other works in health policies, job insecurity and consumption. Currently she works at the Centre for New Development Thinking in several projects; among them is a project with the University of Cambridge about the conceptualization and measurement of the quality of employment in Latin America. In January 2015, Nurjk will start a Phd in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, U.K. Her research will explore the links between inequality and social conflict in Chile. 

Experience:

Researchers at the Centre for New Development Thinking have vast experience in social research. Between 2012 and 2014 they have published more than 25 articles in renowned indexed Journals, 2 books and there are 2 forthcoming special issues edited by Kirsten Sehnbruch. The first one about the Chilean Earthquake for the Journal Latin American Perspectives, and the second one about Quality of Employment for the International Labor Review.

Relevant references

Publications of Kirsten Sehnbruch

Books

2014               El Balance: 20 años de ConcertaciĂłn, co-edited with Peter Siavelis, Santiago: Catalonia.

2013               Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, co-edited with Peter Siavelis, to be published by Lynne Rienner Publishing

2006               The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

ISI ranked papers

Forthcoming  “Human Development and Decent Work: Why some Concepts succeed and others fail to impact the Development Agenda", Development and Change (ISI: 1.91) (with Brendan Burchell, Agnieszka Piasna, and Nurjk Agloni)

2015               “The Quality of Employment in the Development Literature”, Introduction to a Special Issue on the Quality of Employment, The International Labour Review (ISI: 0.71) (co-edited with JosĂ© Antonio Ocampo)

2015               “The Quality of Employment in Chile”, The International Labour Review (ISI: 0.71) (with Jaime Ruiz-Tagle)

2014               “The Quality of Employment and Decent Work: Definitions, Methodologies, and Ongoing Debates”, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38 (2): 459-477. (ISI: 1.48) (with Brendan Burchell, Agnieszka Piasna, and Nurjk Agloni)

This article was highlighted as the editor’s choice by the Cambridge Journal of Economics between March and May of 2014.

2012               “Do the Poor Count? A Review”, Social Forces (ISI: 2.2)

Book chapters

2014               “La calidad del empleo” in Antonio Stetcher (ed.) Transformaciones del Trabajo, Subjetividad e Identidades. Lecturas psicosociales desde Chile y AmĂ©rica Latina.

2013               "Political and Economic Life under the Rainbow" In K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis (eds.), Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, Lynne Rienner Publishing. With Peter Siavelis.

2013               "From Social Debt to Welfare State?" In K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis (eds.), Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, Lynne Rienner Publishing. With Dante Contreras.

2013               "Reducing Poverty: Real or Rhetorical Success?" In K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis (eds.), Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, Lynne Rienner Publishing. With Silvia Borzutzky and                                         Claudia Sanhueza.

2013               "The Labour Market under the ConcertaciĂłn" In K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis (eds.), Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, Lynne Rienner Publishing.

2013               "The Future of the Rainbow Coalition" In K. Sehnbruch and P. Siavelis (eds.), Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010, Lynne Rienner Publishing. With Peter Siavelis.

2013               "La calidad del empleo en Chile: Entre teorĂ­a y mediciĂłn" In Stefano FarnĂ© La Calidad del Empleo en AmĂ©rica Latina, Colombia

2012               "Una metodologĂ­a para medir la calidad del empleo en Chile" in ÂżQuĂ© significa el Trabajo Hoy? Ana Cardenas and Joel Stillerman (eds.), Universidad Diego Portales and International Labour Organisation

2010               "Desigualdad y condiciones laborales: desafĂ­os futuros del mercado laboral chileno." In C. Hardy (ed.) Ideas para Chile: Aportes desde la Centro-Izquierda (with Jaime Ruiz-Tagle).

2010               “Unresolved Conflict within the Consensus: Bachelet’s Inheritance of Labor and Employment Issues.” In S. Borzutzky and G. Weeks (eds.) The Bachelet Government. University Press of Florida.

2007               “From the Quantity to the Quality of Employment.” In S. Alkire, F. Comim and M. Qizilbash (eds.) The Capability Approach in Human Development: Concepts, Applications and Measurement. Cambridge: Cambridge University                                   Press.