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Dr Marcos Gonzalez Hernando
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Appointment
  • Lecturer (Teaching) Social Theory and Research Methods
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

Marcos has experience in both academia and the policy research world. He is currently Lecturer (teaching) in Social Theory and Research Methods at the UCL Social Research Institute. He is also Affiliated Researcher at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile and a Research Associate at OnThinkTanks. Previously, he was Senior Researcher at Think-tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) and has taught at the University of Bath, City, University of London, the University of Cambridge, and Universidad de Chile.


He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, Masters from the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths, University of London, as well a degree in Social Anthropology from the Universidad de Chile.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Broadly speaking, Marcos' main areas of interest within sociology are political and economic sociology, as well as the sociology of knowledge. His key research themes are two: 1. Think tanks, experts, and intellectuals and how their work is affected, both intellectually and institutionally, following political and economic crises 2. Attitudes towards inequality of high-income earners (especially professionals and managers within the top 10%).


In relation to the first theme, he published the book British think tanks after the 2008 global financial crisis (Palgrave, 2019) and was recently awarded a research grant (Fondecyt) to study changes to the think tank landscape in his native Chile between 2011 and 2020. On the second, he helped put together the report Inequality and the top 10% in Europe (TASC, 2020) and is currently writing a book on the topic with Gerry Mitchell (policy expert and former Labour MP candidate for Working).

Marcos has published peer-reviewed articles on these issues with The Sociological Review, Policy & Society, the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, among others.

Teaching Summary

Module Leader for: 

Discovering Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (SOCS0026).
Social Theory (SOCS0038).

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