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Ignacio is an agriculture engineer and holds a masters degree in economics from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. After completing his masters degree in 2010, he worked in the Department of Economics at Universidad de Concepción as an associate researcher and teaching economics at both undergraduate and graduate levels. During this time he also held the position of Executive Director of the Masters Programmes in Economics. His research focussed mainly on environmental economics, and the majority of this work turned into peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefings, and book chapters.
In 2014, and understanding that issues such as inequality, environmental degradation, and social conflicts occur simultaneously and are mutually reinforcing, Ignacio decided to shift his academic career in the search of more integrated views and methods. In this context, he attended the MSc in Latin American Development taught at King’s College London. During his studies at King’s, he began to work on the political economy of Latin America.
During his career, Ignacio has demonstrated a strong vocation towards multidisciplinary work, bringing together people from different disciplines. This ability to develop multidisciplinary work is complemented by Ignacio´s experience and engagement with fields beyond the academy, including the public and private sectors. Indeed, before coming to the UK in 2014, he acted as a board director in a well-known international Chilean food company for more than six years. Likewise, during his doctoral studies at Oxford, he hopes to make a significant contribution to the political economy of inequality in Latin America from a multidisciplinary approach.