UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Tiago Mata

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies. 

I joined UCL-STS in February 2015. I have been a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam, Duke University, and Technical University of Lisbon. 

Tiago as Fernando Pessoa

I am a historian and sociologist of economics, and have written on topics such as academic freedom, the economics of science, the history of macroeconomics, and the role of politics in social knowledge.

My current research focus is the history and sociology of "economic journalism" since 1945 as Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project (2012–2016), 'Economics in the Public Sphere: USA, UK, France, Argentina and Brazil since 1945', the ECONPUBLIC project.

Twitter: @tiagomata

Website: www.tmata.com

For more about me, see tabs below and my CV.


I am principal investigator of the "Economics in the Public Sphere" (ECONPUBLIC) project, funded by the European Research Council's Starting Grants Scheme under the European Union's FP7 programme. The project runs for five years (2012-2016) and was awarded 1.4 million euros.  

We are investigating how economic knowledge is made public in the media of five countries, USA, UK, France, Brazil, and Argentina since 1945. The research team of five people comprises of historians and sociologists of various backgrounds and expertise. 

The project hosted a conference and edited a volume on "The Economist as Public Intellectual"

The project is currently organising a conference on "The 175 years of The Economist"

Find more information about the team and our research activities, at the project's website

My research interests are in the fields of

History of political economy 

Topics such as transformations in the economics profession, social movements in economics, leftwing economics, research practices, public advocacy.

History and sociology of social sciences

Topics such as the funding of social science, social science expertise in the state and in business, circulation of social and economic statistics.

Economic sociology

Topics such as socio-technical imaginaries, spirits of capitalism, performativity, business communication, scientific management.

Media studies

Topics such as historical ontologies of journalism, framing effects, genres and idioms of economic culture.

 I am available to supervise on such topics as:

  • political economy of science
  • history of 20th century social science (economics, sociology, anthropology)
  • international, transnational, multinational, global science
  • science for industry, corporate science
  • science for the people, social movements and science
  • historical ontologies of knowledge
  • scientometrics
  • philosophy of social science
  • The Economist as Public Intellectual (ed. with Steven G Medema), History of Political Economy (2013) special issue.
  • 'National Science Foundation patronage of social science, 1970s and 1980s: Congressional scrutiny, advocacy network, and the prestige of economics' (with Tom Scheiding), Minerva (2012) 50(4): 423–449.
  • 'Trust in Independence: The Identities of Economists in Business Magazines, 1945–1970', Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (2011) 47(4): 359–379.
  • 'The Enemy Within: Academic Freedom in 1960s and 1970s American Social Sciences', History of Political Economy (2010) 42(5): 77–104.
  • 'Inside the Black Box: The Role of Shocking Errors in Growth Theory' (with Francisco Louca), History of Political Economy (2009) 41(5): 334–355.
  • 'Migrations and Boundary Work: Harvard, Radical Economists and the Committee on Political Discrimination', Science in Context (2009) 22(1): 115–143.

See fuller list on CV