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Dr Tiago Mata

Dr Tiago Mata

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies

Dept of Science & Technology Studies

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2015

Research summary

The main focus of my research has been the history of political economy. I have studied the evolution of the economics discipline in the twentieth century. I have paid special attention to economics' modes of public advocacy and its engagement with social movements, of the poor and of the rich. In the course of that work I have analysed controversies over academic freedom and described transformations to the ideal of the public intellectual and to the genres of business journalism. My latest research seeks to describe the corporate management of scientific research in the context of the neoliberal political economy. 

I would be interested in supervising research in the following subjects: 
- political economy of emerging technologies, in particular Fintech
- history of twentieth century economics
- history of twentieth century sociology
- political economy of corporate research
- historical sociology of business journalism and business intelligence

Teaching summary

HPSC1007. Investigating Science and Society

HPSC3024. History of the Social Sciences
HPSCGA40. History of Science in the 20th century and beyond (co-taught)
HPSCGA50. Political Economy of Science
HPSCGA59. Research Methods (co-taught)

Education

University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2018
London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD, Economic History | 2006
University of Cambridge
M.Phil, Economics | 2001
Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
LCT, Economics | 2000

Biography

I joined UCL-STS in 2015. I have taught and researched at the University of Cambridge, University of Amsterdam, Duke University and Technical University of Lisbon. My research has been awarded several prizes and grants, and in 2012 to 2016 I was the PI of a Starting Grant of the European Research Council studying the communication of economic knowledge (see details at www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/econpublic). I have published in academic journals in the social sciences and in history, written and edited blogs, written to magazines and newspapers. 

My main interests are on the history and sociology of social knowledge, with a special focus on the discipline of economics and its influence on mass culture and the political economy of science and technology. 

Publications