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Diego Sánchez-Ancochea

Lecturer, Inequality and Social Policy

  • Professor of the Political Economy of Development and Head of Department

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea specialises in the political economy of Latin America with a particular focus on Central America. His research interests centre on the determinants of income inequality and the role of social policy in reducing it.

He studied for his PhD in Economics at the New School for Social Research (New York) and previously taught at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London) between 2003 and 2008. Professor Sanchez-Ancochea has been a visiting fellow at the University of Costa Rica, at FLACSO-Dominican Republic and the program Desigualdades (Berlin). He was co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies (2015-19), Treasurer of the Latin American Studies Association (2018-20) and director of the Latin American Centre at Oxford (2015-18). 

Professor Sánchez-Ancochea collaborates frequently with the ILO, UNDP, ECLAC, Oxford Analytica and other organisations. he is currently member of the editorial boards of Oxford Development Studies (associate editor) and Journal of Development Studies. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute in the University of Notre Dame during 2018/19 where he worked on the book The Costs of Inequality in Latin America: Warnings and Lessons for the Rest of the World, which will be out in December 2020, as well as launching a comparative project on income distribution in Latin America.