María Balarin Bonazzi

Senior Researcher
PhD in Educational Policy - University of Bath

María is a Senior Researcher at the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) where she has a broad portfolio of both applied and academic research.

Her applied work focuses on the analysis and qualitative evaluation of educational and social policies, with a special focus on processes of policy implementation. Her academic work has mostly focused on the field of education, where she has been concerned with understanding how educational processes mediate relations between the state and society. Her recent work focuses on the impact of educational markets on patterns of social segregation; and on vulnerable youth transition processes in the context of exclusionary citizenship regimes, where she also brings a strong gender perspective. She has also developed a strong interest in understanding the conditions under which social research is conducted in developing countries, and on the way in which gender relations underpin research careers and processes of knowledge production as well as the visibility of women’s work in the public sphere.

She holds a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Bath, an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex, both in the UK, and BA in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Peru. Between 2006 and 2011 she was a postdoctoral fellow and then a Lecturer in the Department of Education of the University of Bath, UK, where she was associated to the Education Policy and Globalization research group.

Her work has been published in edited books and international academic journals.

She is a member and part of the Steering Committee of Grupo Sofía.