My work broadly speaking focuses on the development of welfare systems and social protection in Latin America and the Caribbean and its relationship to multidimensional poverty and inequality. In addition, my research interests include welfare regimes and social risks in marginalised communities, targeting versus universalism in social protection, and basic universal social pensions in low- and middle-income countries.
I am the author of several peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Social Indicators Research, Global Social Policy, Forum for Development Studies, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Poverty & Public Policy, Ageing International, among others.
My first book, published in open access, is titled ‘Produciendo Bienestar: Una mirada desde las comunidades marginadas en Puerto Rico’ (Dykinson, 2017). My second and most recent edited book 'Welfare and Social Protection in Contemporary Latin America', was published in Routledge in 2019.
Before joining Complutense University, I was affiliated with the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (CSIC, Spain), the University of Agder (Norway), and the Institute of the Americas, University College London (United Kingdom). I hold a PhD in Political Science from Complutense University (Spain).
I have been a visiting researcher or fellow at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil), Lund University (Sweden), Centre for Social Research (Puerto Rico), the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty at the University of Bergen (Norway), and the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London (United Kingdom). I am also one of the Co-editors of Alternautas – an open access journal on Latin American critical development studies and a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of Social Policy & Society. Finally, I am the Co-Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Economy and Welfare State Politics.