Mabel Sanchez Barrioluengo


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Mabel Sánchez Barrioluengo is Senior Lecturer in Science Policy and Innovation at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester since December 2018. She is the Deputy Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. Previously she worked as Research Fellow at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as part of the Unit of Human Capital and Employment. She has a degree in Statistics and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Valencia and INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) with a particular focus on higher education studies. She has been Visiting Scholar at CORD (Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA), CHEPS (University of Twente, The Netherlands) and MIoIR (University of Manchester, UK).

Her main research interests are in economics of education (specifically higher education), employment and human capital.

Her research has been published in several international journals such as Research Policy, Scientometrics or Science and Public Policy.


Research interests

 1) Higher education:

The ‘re-missioning’ of universities

Third mission and adaptation to changing societal needs

The differences in university’s internal organization and capacities to fulfil their missions

Researchers’ motivations to engage in interactions with socioeconomic environment

Knowledge Exchange: entrepreneurial outcomes of Universities


2) Human capital, skills and employment

Relationship between skills and employment

Human capital

Employment polarization

Changing nature of work and its relationship with innovation


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HA Statistics
  • L Education (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Work and Equalities Institute


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