Diego Sanchez-Ancochea is the Director of the Latin American Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of International Development. He specialises in the political economy of public policy in the South, with particular attention to Latin America. His research interests centre on the influence of state-society relations on income distribution, focusing on the nature and determinants of social and industrial policies. He has published papers on these subjects in World Development, the Journal of Latin American Studies and Economy & Society as well as in four co-edited books. Together with Juliana Martínez Franzoni, he is the author of The quest for universal social policy in the South: Actors, ideas and architectures (Cambridge University Press, September 2016).
He studied for his PhD in Economics at the New School for Social Research (New York) and worked as Lecturer in Economics of Latin America at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London) between 2003 and 2008. Dr Sanchez-Ancochea has been a visiting fellow at the University of Costa Rica and at FLACSO-Dominican Republic and a consultant for several international organizations and think tanks. He is co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies and associate editor of Oxford Development Studies.