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Dr Tiago Mata
22 Gordon Square
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  • Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies
  • Dept of Science & Technology Studies
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

I joined UCL-STS in 2015. I have taught and researched at the University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam, Duke University and Technical University of Lisbon. My research has been awarded several prizes and grants, and in 2012 to 2016 I was the PI of a Starting Grant of the European Research Council studying the communication of economic knowledge (see details at www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/econpublic). I have published in academic journals in the social sciences and in history, written and edited blogs, written to magazines and newspapers. 

My main interests are on the history and sociology of social knowledge, with a special focus on the discipline of economics and its influence on mass culture and the political economy of science and technology. 

Research Summary

The main focus of my research has been the history of political economy. That work has had two main tracks. One is the study of the economics discipline in the twentieth century paying attention to economists' modes of public advocacy and their engagement with social movements, of the poor and of the rich. The other, related interest focuses on media representations of economic knowledge and expertise, and I have looked closely at genres of business journalism and the role of public intellectuals in the regulation of public knowledge. My latest research seeks to describe the corporate management of scientific research in the context of the neoliberal political economy. 

I would be interested in supervising research in the following subjects: 

- political economy of emerging technologies, in particular Fintech

- history of twentieth century economics

- history of twentieth century sociology

- political economy of corporate research

- historical sociology of business journalism and business intelligence

Teaching Summary

HPSC0007. Investigating Science and Society

HPSC0063. History of the Social Sciences

HPSC0094. Political Economy of Science

01-JAN-2012 – 31-JAN-2015 Senior Research Associate History and Philosophy of Science University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 – 31-DEC-2011 Senior Research Fellow Center for the History of Political Economy Duke University, United States
01-SEP-2008 – 31-JUL-2010 Assistant Professor Economics University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
01-SEP-2006 – 31-AUG-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow Economics Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
01-OCT-2005 – 31-AUG-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow Science and Technology Studies University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2006   Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
2001   Master of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2000   Licenciatura Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
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