Dr Marcela Ramos
- Research Associate (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
My professional experience combines two areas of study and practice. I worked as an investigative journalist for more than 15 years in Chile and published two books: The war and citizen peace, and The Strange Death of a Soldier in Times of Peace. I pursued a PhD in Education at the University of Bristol, UK where I specialized in education policy within marketized contexts, capability approach and qualitative methodologies. My interdisciplinary background and experience investigating issues regarding social and economic inequalities within middle-income countries have shaped the policy focus of my research agenda. My current research interests include education within the sustainable development agenda with a particular focus on exploring the role of education in expanding climate change capabilities, and investigating how participatory methods could help researchers to build networks between local communities and academia. Since August 2019, I have been working on the BBSRC funded Advancing sustainable forage-based livestock production systems in Colombia (CoForLife) project.
- BAICE (British Association for International and Comparative Education) Conference Award (2016).
- University of Bristol Alumni Foundation Travel Grant (2016).
- Chilean State Scholarship (Becas Chile) to undertake PhD studies (2010).
- New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation Scholarship. Workshop with Jon Lee Anderson (2006).
- New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation Scholarship. Workshop with Miguel Angel Bastenier (2004).
- IADB- New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation Scholarship. Public Policy for Journalist Workshop (2000).
- “Exploring and understanding the development of ‘climate change’ capabilities among Colombian smallholder farmers exposed to new technologies in agriculture”. Paper presentation, CIES Conference, San Francisco, USA.14.04.2019
- “Education as a sum of all the promises: Chilean urban lower-middle-class parents’ aspirations, values and beliefs in relation to their children’s education”. Paper presentation, Chilean Association of Educational Researchers, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile. 05.07.2017
- “Educating children in Chile: no margin for error”. Paper presentation. BAICE (British Association for International and Comparative Education) Conference 2016. University of Nottingham, Nottingham. 13.09.2016
- “Approaching parental involvement from a capability approach perspective: parental capabilities and agency within Neoliberal contexts”. Paper presentation. Human Development Capability Approach Conference. Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. 03.09.2016
- “Parental involvement in disadvantaged districts of Santiago: Intergenerational consequences for equity of an education system organized as a market”. Paper presentation. CESE (Comparative Education Society in Europe) Annual Conference. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. 01.06.2016
- “Understanding and critically exploring how urban Chilean parents participate in their children’s education”. Paper presentation. Doctoral workshop: “Researching Urban Exclusion and Inequality: Critical Perspectives on Social Policy”. University of Bath, Bath. 30.01.2016
- “Understanding and critically exploring how Chilean parents experience parental involvement”. Paper presentation. BAICE Doctoral Annual Conference. Cambridge University. Cambridge. 17.07.2015
- “Exploring and understanding how Chilean parents from less advantaged backgrounds experience parental involvement and the opportunities they value in order to be involved in their children’s education”. Paper presentation. Graduate School of Education Annual Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol. 06.07.2014.