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Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme



I am based at the Department of Politics and International Studies. I received my PhD in Politics and International Relations from Dublin City University, in 2013. My research interests lie in comparative political economy and international political economy, in particular, but not solely, electoral systems and the behaviour of legislators, the influence of political institutions on public spending, and politics and sovereign debt. Prior to coming to Cambridge I was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Dublin City University, and a lecturer at the University of Costa Rica.

Between 2014 and 2017 I will be working with Prof Andrew Gamble, Dr Helen Thompson and Dr Pieter van Houten on the project “The consequences of the politics of austerity in the European Union”. This project consists of two parts. In the first stage we will document and analyse the specific ways in which states in the EU have implemented fiscal austerity programs. In the second stage we will analyse various social and political consequences of the politics of austerity.

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Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate
Dr Juan  Munoz-Portillo
Not available for consultancy


History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

Masters in Public Policy

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.