Department of Political Science


Javier Sajuria

Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods

Javier Sajuria


Javier Sajuria is a PhD student at UCL and a Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods at the Department of Political Science. He holds a Licentiate in Law (J.D.) degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MSc in Democracy and Democratisation from UCL.

Prior to joining UCL, Javier worked on topics of civic participation, political parties and political communication. He also worked as speechwriter and contents manager for a campaign in the last Chilean presidential election.

Research Interests

Javier is doing research on the field of Internet Politics and Political Behaviour. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Hudson and Dr. Sherrill Stroschein, intends to analyse the creation of social capital in social networks sites (SNS), and how this process may affect different ways of political behaviour. He has also conducted research on the uses of the Internet during protests in Chile and the UK, and how this affects the way people perceive and understand democracy. Javier has a particular interest in the possibilities that the Internet is bringing to politics, especially as a tool for political participation, campaigning and political communication for governments and parties.

Javier’s interests also include political methodology, voting behaviour, and new options for political participation.


Invited talks

  • “Workshop on Big Data and Social Network Analysis”. Prepared for students of the MSc in Digital Anthropology, UCL Department of Anthropology. 20 May 2013.
  • “X-Ray to Voluntary Voting: Chile”, London School of Economics, 7 December 2012
  • “Internet, Protests and Democracy: A comparative analysis from the UK and Chile.” Paper and presentation prepared for the Third Meeting of the Research Programme in Internet Communication, Virtual Transformation of Social Relations and Identities in the Mediterranean, organized by the Research Institute of the Contemporary Mahgreb (IRMC) and the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), on the topic ‘The Role of Online Social Movements in the Socio Political and Democratic Transition”, Tunis, Tunisia, 12-14 April 2012

Conference papers