Daniel Hojman

Program Chair

Daniel Hojman is Associate Researcher at COES and Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Chile. He was previously an Associate Professor at Harvard University’s School of Government. Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, he undertook studies in sciences at the Universidad de Chile. His areas of interest include economic theory, political economy and social policies. He has studied the role of social networks on inequality, the impact of corruption and social media on political participation, the dynamics of poverty and the socioeconomic determinants of health status. His current research focuses on educational policies, health inequalities and measurement of segregation.

Mike Savage

Program Chair

Mike Savage joined the LSE in September 2012 and is the Martin White Professor of Sociology and he became Co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute in 2015, where he is initial Academic Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme, the largest global programme in the world devoted to challenging inequalities. Previously he was Professor at the University of Manchester, where he had been Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) from 2004 to 2010, and Professor at the University of York, where he founded the European Centre for Cultural Exploration from 2010-2012. His research interests are in class and stratification, especially their cultural and historical dimensions. He has published over 70 articles (including in American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Poetics, Cultural Sociology, and British Journal of Political Science) and 20 books, with a major focus on cultural sociology, recently including Culture, Class, Distinction (Bennett, Savage, Silva, Warde, Gayo-Cal and Wright, Routledge 2010); Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method (Oxford 2010). He has been Visiting Professor (and Fulbright Scholar) at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Sciences Po, and Bergen, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Jorge Atria

Academic Committee

Jorge Atria is Researcher at COES and Assistant Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Ph.D. in Sociology from the Freir Universität Berlin, Germany, and Master in Sociology from PUC. He is also an Associate Researcher at the International Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America (Desigualdades). In 2015, he was awarded the Fondecyt Postdoc Project “Elite Económica, Concentración de Ingresos y Tributación: Conflictos Redistributivos en Chile”, and he’s coinvestigator in the Fondecyt Regular Project “Economía Moral de la Meritocracia y Preferencias Redistributivas”. His areas of research include inequality, taxes and redistribution, elites, economic sociology, sociology of culture and poverty.

Emmanuelle Barozet

Academic Committee

Emmanuelle Barozet is Associate Researcher at COES and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Universidad de Chile. Ph.D. in Sociology and Master in History and Civilization from L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris, France. She’s the researcher responsible for the Fondecyt Regular Project n° 1160984: “¿”Malas prácticas” o “acetiar la máquina”? Las instituciones informales en tiempos de cambios políticos y su impacto en la democracia chilena (2016-2019)”. Her areas of research are social stratification, middle classes, social networks and informal institutions.

Juan Carlos Castillo

Academic Committee

Juan Carlos Castillo is Deputy Director and Principal Researcher at COES, and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Ph.D. in Sociology from the Humbolt-Universität, Berlin and Master in Public Management from the Universität Potsdam. He is currently the Principal Researcher of Fondecyt regular project n° 1160921, "Economía moral de la meritocracia y preferencias distributivas"; and supervisor of the development and implementation of COES’s Social Cohesion Observatory. He was previously area coordinator of research of the Centro de Medición, Mide UC, at the Faculty of Social Sciences of PUC. His areas of research include social inequality, disruptive justice, public opinion and civic education

Alfredo Joignant

Academic Committee

Alfredo Joignant is Principal Researcher at COES and Tenured Professor at the School of Political Science of the Universidad Diego Portalies. Ph.D in Political Science from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Former President of the Chilean Association of Political Science (1998-2000), he has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris III (Pablo Neruda Chilean Studies Chair) and at L'Institut d'Études Sociales (IES) de Grenoble, France. His areas of research are: political elites and legitimacy; political and institutional charisma; political field sociology; capitals and resources in political competition; politics of memory.

Osvaldo Larranaga

Academic Committee

Osvaldo Larrañaga is PhD in Economics, University of Pennsylvania. Coordinator of the poverty and inequality reduction area, UNDP Chile. He has been associate professor and director of the Economics Department, University of Chile, and associate dean of the School of Economics and Business, University of Chile.

Ernesto López

Academic Committee

Ernesto López is Associate Researcher at COES, Associate Professor at the Department of Urbanism of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidad de Chile and Coordinator of the Master in Urbanism of the same university. Ph.D. in Urban Planning from University College London and Master in Urbanism from the Universidad de Chile. Principal Researcher of Fondecyt regular project n° 1151287, “Spatial capital, social complexity of the rent gap formation, and social stratification: a comparative analysis of gentrification in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City, 2005 – 2017”. He is also coordinator of Contested Cities Nodo Santiago project, coordinator of Conicyt Becas Chile in Urbanism and Human Settlements area and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Affairs and EURE. His research themes and latest publications include topics of urban economics geography; history of urbanization processes; central neighborhoods in process of change; political economy of the ground; housing and transportation; gentrification and displacement.

Kirsten Sehnbruch

Academic Committee

Kirsten Sehnbruch is Associate Researcher and Director of International Relations at COES. Director of the Institute of Public Policies of the Universidad Diego Portales and Associate Professor at the same university. Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences and Master in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, England. She is also an Associate Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and author of the book "The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets", published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her main research topics are public policies and labor makers, and development policies in Latin America.

Emilia Brito

Emilia Brito is Research Assistant at COES. Commercial Engineer, major in economics and Master in Economic Analysis from the Universidad de Chile. Instructor at the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Chile. Her areas of interest include labor economics, economics of education and inequality, with particular emphasis in gender inequalities.

Amaranta Alfaro

Communications and program coordinator

Amaranta Alfaro is COES Communications Manager. Ph.D. candidate at GMac (Gradutate School Media & Communication) from Universität Hamburg. Journalist, Master in Communications, Media and Cultural Studies within the Erasmun Mundus CoMundus programme from Universities of Roskilde (Denmark) and Kassel (Germany). Her research focuses on possibilities of integration and citizen participation through social media and TICs in Chile and Latin America, and applied skills.

Constanza Pérez


Constanza Pérez is Journalist at COES. Journalist of the Universidad Diego Portales, degree in Strategies of Educational Communication from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and degree in Digital Graphic Design from the Academia Crossmedia Mac PC.