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Santiago joined the Department of Political Economy as a PhD researcher in the autumn of 2021, fully funded by the ESRC and the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. His research focuses on complex governance systems, bureaucratic behaviour, and sustainable development. With a regional focus on Latin America, he is particularly interested in analysing the effects of public sector reforms on the ability of local governments to cooperate for achieving long term development.

He holds an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics (UK), an MSc in Applied Economics and a BA in Political Science from EAFIT University (Colombia). Santiago had previously worked as a researcher and consultant for the World Bank, the FAO-UN, the Colombian National Government, and the Metropolitan Area of Medellín (Colombia). He was also a teaching fellow at UNAULA (Colombia).

Research interests

  • Public Sector Reform
  • Local Governance
  • Development and Sustainability
  • Latin America
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics/Public Administration
  • Computational Social Sciences
  • Complexity Sciences

Teaching modules

Principles of Economics

Doctoral research

The Politics of Impatient Bureaucracies. Public Sector Reform, Time Preferences and Local Policy Networks for Sustainable Development in Latin America.

PhD supervisors

Dr Francesca Vantaggiato and Dr Christel Koop