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Mr Javier Gonzalez

Mr Javier  Gonzalez

Affiliated Lecturer, PhD researcher, Centre of Development Studies University of Cambridge

Teaching Associate, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

Research Associate, Centre for New Development Thinking, Faculty of Economics, University of Chile

PhD (c) and MPhil, University of Cambridge

M.A. and B.A., Universidad Católica de Chile


Javier Gonzalez is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies (University of Cambridge), where he teaches 'Institutions and Development'. He is also an Associated Researcher at the Centre for New Development Thinking (Faculty of Economics, University of Chile) and a permanent Columnist in La Tercera (Chilean newspaper). Additionally, he is associated to the Centre of Latin American Studies (University of Cambridge), where he teaches ‘Inequalities in Latin America’.  


He has been Advisor on Education and Innovation Policy to the Chilean Minister of Finance, Executive Secretary to the Ministers’ Council for Advanced Human Capital Formation, Director of Studies at the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Researcher at Chile’s Ministry of Education, and International Consultant to UNESCO, OXFAM and the World Bank.


Javier is a PhD candidate and MPhil in Development Studies (University of Cambridge), and holds a BA and MA in Economics (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Research Interests

His research is mainly focused on economic and social development, political and institutional economics, political philosophy, welfare states, inequality, social mobility, quality of employment, and education policy.


He is currently working as Main Researcher in the research project ´Social Mobility and Higher Education in Chile ́, funded by the Centre for Research on Educational Policy and Practice (CEPPE), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Centre of Comparative Education Policy, Universidad Diego Portales. He is also involved as Research Associate in the research project   ́Quasi-­Market Reforms in Education in Latin America: An Analysis of Policy Processes and Impacts on Inequalities and Poverty’ (CSO2011- 22697). This project is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the European Commission, and led by the Department of Sociology, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. 


Javier lectures at the Centre of Development Studies on the core MPhil Paper: Institutions and Development. He also lectures and is convenor of the MPhil paper 'Inequalities in Latin America' at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

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