Dr Sánchez-Ancochea Diego

University Lecturer in the Political Economy of Latin America

I arrived at the University of Oxford in 2008 after five years at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of Oxford). I hold a joint appointment at SIAS and the Department of International Development and I am also a Fellow at St Antony’s College.  I love Oxford’s commitment to multidisciplinary area studies and to a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social challenges in different parts of the developing world. I look forward to helping the university strengthen this tradition and create new opportunities to attract the best students.

I am a rare economist whose research is mainly based on qualitative comparative case studies. I am interested in how small developing countries can promote economic upgrading and better income distribution and believe that this depends as much on the right policies as on the right political coalitions and state-society relations. My research on globalization, state-society relations and global value chains has been published in World Development, the Journal of Latin American Studies and three books I have co-edited. I have also done consultancy on some of these issues for UNDP, ILO, Oxford Analytica and other organizations.

My current research focuses on the political economy of income (re)distribution in Latin America. I am collaborating closely with my colleague and friend Juliana Martinez Franzoni from the University of Costa Rica on a project that aims to understand the economic and political determinants of universal social policies in development countries through a comparative analysis of the Costa Rican experience. Our forthcoming book Good Jobs and Social Services: How Costa Rica Achieved the Elusive Double Incorporation explores Costa Rica’s success in incorporating people to the labour market with goods jobs while simultaneously providing social services. We are now writing a second book and several papers on the challenge of universal social policies. Another project with Rosemary Thorp (my predecessor at the Latin American Centre and a continuous source of ideas and advice) and Rodrigo Rodrigues explores the sustainability of the recent reduction of inequality in Latin America by analysing changes in state-society relations and in the economic structure of Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. My ultimate goal is to promote social change through both teaching and policy-relevant research.

I spend most of my spare time with my wife Rosa and my daughters Silvia (who cannot understand why I spent so much time in front of a computer) and baby Maya. I would love to play more basketball and tennis, but end up spending more time reading spy and police books and thinking and discussing politics.

Contact Information

Email: diego.sanchez-ancochea@sant.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 284775