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Alejandro Espinosa-Rada

(Working) Title of thesis – “Unifying the Frame of the Matthew Effect: A Multilevel Longitudinal Social Network Analysis.”

Summary

This research project aims to understand the complexity of the Matthew Effect, combining the traditional and most up to date empirical evidence using inferential social network as a frame of analysis, and to do so will address the case of the Chilean Astronomy and Astrophysics community. In addition, it will take co-author information to establish a complete social network using a multilevel longitudinal actor-oriented model, and a ego network survey using a statistical random graph model to explore the dimensions of recognition, accumulative advantage and subjective position in this discipline. Based on this data, the Matthew Effect can be tested in complete and personal networks using longitudinal social network analysis. 

Academic supervisors

Research interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Sociology of Science and Knowledge
  • Quantitative and Mixed Research Methods

Education

  • (2015) Master’s degree in Sociology. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
  • (2012) Professional Degree in Sociology, Alberto Hurtado University.
  • Thesis funded by National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology (Fondecyt No.1121124 approved with maximal distinction) and professional practice funded by National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology (Fondecyt N°1110437, approved with maximal distinction).
  • (2012) Bachelor of Sociology. Alberto Hurtado University.
  • (2009) Associate in Social Science. Alberto Hurtado University.

Publications

  • Espinosa, Alejandro y Ortiz, Francisca (2016). “Jurisdictional autonomy in the regulatory transnational regime of FIFA”. REDES-Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales, 27(1), 100-112. 
  • Valenzuela, Fernando; Espinosa, Alejandro; Madero-Cabib, Ignacio; Moyano, Camila and Ortiz, Francisca (2015). “Museums as Inclusion/Exclusion Mechanisms Within the Field of Art and Society: A Study of a Chilean Museum”. Revista Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas, 10(3), 621-636.
  • Espinosa, Alejandro (2015). “Allocation of Scientists in the Astronomical Observatory Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA): Virtual Logic, Socio materiality and Control Regime in Science”. Persona y Sociedad – Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 29(2), 45-66.
  • Espinosa Rada, Alejandro (2014). “Differentiation in Astronomy: Self-Description and Heliocentric Conception in the Horizon of World Society”. Revista Mad – Universidad de Chile, 31, 60-72.
  • Espinosa, Alejandro. (2012). “Mechanism of World Society and Self-Description in Latin America: Study Case of Chilean Educational Social Movement in 2011”. Contenido. Arte, Cultura y Ciencias Sociales, 2, 67-88.

Conferences and invited presentations

  • Espinosa, A. (May, 2017). “Prospection of the Astroinformatics Field for the Next Decade”. Workshop of SoCVis, Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (April, 2017). “Interlocking Networks of Corporate Directorships: Detection of Communities and Inferential Models for the characterization of Corporate Relationships”. Workshop, Faculty of Economy and Management, Desarrollo University, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (January, 2017). “Managing Complexity in the Chaos of Science: Social Network Analysis in the Medicine Based in ‘Evidence’”. IV Meeting of the Chilean Network of Science, Technology and Society, Workshop: ‘Science and Scientometrics’, Valdivia, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (October, 2016). “Groups of Influence in Chilean Inter-locking Networks: Community Detections and Exponential Random Graph Models”. IX Chilean Congress of Sociology, Workshop: ‘Sociology of Economy’, Talca, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (October, 2016). “The Production and Collaboration in the Scientific Recognition of Astronomy in Chile: Longitudinal Network Study of the Scientific Community, 1988-2013”. IX Chilean Congress of Sociology, Workshop: ‘Sociology of Science, Technology and Innovation’, Talca, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (October, 2014). “Social Stratification in Chilean Astronomy: Matthew Effect in ISI-Paper Networks”. VIII Chilean Congress of Sociology, Workshop: ‘Sociology of Science, Technology and Innovation’, La Serena, Chile.
  • Espinosa, A. (January, 2014). “Allocation of Scientists in the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array Astronomical Observatory”. First Meeting of the Chilean Network of Science, Technology and Society, Workshop: ‘Productivity and Appropriation of Science and Technology’, Santiago, Chile.

Research assistance experience

  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) No. 1151503, Andrés Bello National University. Title of the project: “Explaining party change through an institutional and environmental sociology.”
  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) No. 1151503, University of Chile. Title of the project: “Detection of nonlinear relations between latent variables: Potentials of SEM models and development of adjustment techniques and selection of models.”
  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) No.11140746, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Title of the project: “Political Disaffection in Democratic Societies: Longitudinal and Comparative Analysis in Chile.”
  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) No. 1150812, Arturo Prat University. Title of the project: “The trans boundaries regionalization in the North of Chile: A Management for Development”. 
  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) N° 1121124, Alberto Hurtado University. Title of the project: “Social Science Data and Narrative Accounts as Components of the Production of Social Reality”.
  • Research Assistant. Fondecyt (National Funding for the Development of Science and Technology) No. 1110437, Adolfo Ibáñez University. Title of the project: “Collision and Harmonization of Regulatory Regimes in Global Social Contexts”
  • Researcher. Program for Young Researchers, Faculty of Social Sciences, Alberto Hurtado University. Title of the project: “Museum of Society: Qualitative Study of Organizational Tensions In the Museum of Visual Arts”.

Teaching experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor. Course: “Social Network”. Bachelor of Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • Adjunct Professor (II Category). Course: “Sociology Networks”. Bachelor of History, Universidad de Santiago, Chile.
  • Lecturer. Course: “Workshop of Social Network Analysis”. Maule Labour Observatory and Department of Sociology, Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile.
  • Lecturer. Course: “Workshop of Social Network Analysis”. PhD of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Adjunct Instructor. Course: “Social Network and Social Media Analysis”. Master of Processing and Information Management, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • Lecturer. Course: “Social Network Analysis”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Analysis of Latent Variables”. Master of Social Research, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Workshop of Methods and Techniques of Quantitative Research”. Master of Sociology, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Basic Statistics in SPSS”. Master of Social Research, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Data Analysis II”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Statistics II”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Sociological Theory V”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Sociology”. Bachelor in Humanities, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Sociology”. Bachelor in Psychology, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Sociological Theory V”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Sociology”. Bachelor in Psychology, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Statistics I”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.
  • Teaching Assistant. Course: “Methodology of the Quantitative Research”. Bachelor of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile.

Scholarships, grants awards and prizes

  • 2017. Becas-Chile Grant for PhD Students awarded by National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile.
  • 2015. Sponsorship for Master Thesis, Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social (COES), Chile.
  • 2013. Becas-Chile Grant for Master Students awarded by National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile.
  • 2012. Contest Winner ‘Activate Your Ideas’, organized by Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile. 
  • 2011. Contest Winner ‘II Contest of Young Researchers’, organized by the Social Science Faculty, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile

Additional information

  •  (2017) Coordinator of the Observatory of Chilean Social Network Analysis. Mecanismos Sociales Ltda.
  • (2017) PI-Researcher. Study developed for the Chilean Association of Information and Technology Companies A.G. (ACTI), Industrias Inteligentes, and the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO). Title: “Professional Advice for Lifting Information from Key Actors and Making a Prospective Analysis of Astroinformatics”
  • (2010-2017) General Editor and Co-founder. Contenido. Cultura y Ciencias Sociales Journal.

Contact details

Email: alejandro.espinosa@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk