Science and Technology Studies


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Dr Tiago Mata

Dr Tiago Mata

Associate Professor 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. That work has had two main tracks. One is the study of the economics discipline in the twentieth century paying attention to economists' modes of public advocacy and their engagement with social movements, of the poor and of the rich. The other, related interest focuses on media representations of economic knowledge and expertise, and I have looked closely at genres of business journalism and the role of public intellectuals in the regulation of public knowledge. 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

HPSC0007. Investigating Science and Society

HPSC0063. History of the Social Sciences

HPSC0094. Political Economy of Science


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2018
London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2001
Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa
Other qualifications at first-degree level (including professional), Licenciatura | 2000


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.