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Francisca Ortiz Ruiz is currently doing her PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. Currently is the co-chair of the PhD and early career network of MICRA, and a collaboratior with GeroActivismo Fundation. Her research is about how older people construct their support network to live with a neoliberal system of pensions, from a mixed-method and longitudinal perspective. Since 2010 she has been working in the editorial board of the “Revista Contenido. Cultura y Ciencias Sociales” Journal, which she founded and directed between 2010 and 2017. In 2016 founded the “Mecanismos Sociales” consultancy, in which she is still the co-director. For four years she was an assistant researcher in the Centre of Sociocultural Research in Alberto Hurtado University. She had experience working in consultancy and research projects for almost ten years, forming up to today an active role in several collaborative scientific networks, specially in some with a strong methodological approach. She had her work published in more than 20 publications on indexed journals (including a book edited by her) and has presented in many national and international conferences about methodology, results of research and public impact. Her areas of specialization are mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative tools), social network analysis, relational sociology and social gerontology. Contact: francisca.ortiz@manchester.ac.uk or franortizruiz@gmail.com 

Title of the PhD thesis "The social support during retirement: a mixed method for social network analysis research". Supervisors: Dr Elisa Bellotti (Sociology Department) and Prof Wendy Olsen (Social Stadistics Department).

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Social Science, Master in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile)


Bachelor of Social Science, Undergraduate in Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Mar 2008Dec 2012

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Mixed methods
  • social analysis network
  • QCA
  • older people
  • retirement
  • pension
  • ageing
  • Relational Sociology
  • social gerontology


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