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Patricio Troncoso Ruiz

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I'm an Honorary Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Education. My latest work involves analysing the pathways that children and young people in need and "on the edge" of the care system undergo throughout childhood and adolescence.

My research interests are mainly within the broad areas of Statistics, Sociology and Education. I have conducted research on the effects of socio-economic inequalities on educational outcomes, such as pupils' progress and school value-added, as well as on the often overlooked non-educational outcomes.

Research interests

  • Social Statistics
  • Multilevel modelling
  • Socio-economic and Educational inequalities
  • School effectiveness and value-added models
  • Child development
  • Child protection
  • Child mental health

Methodological knowledge

  • Regression methods
  • Multilevel modelling
  • Longitudinal analysis
  • Survey Methods


2015 - PhD in Social Statistics, The University of Manchester, UK

2010 - Master's degree in Public Policy, University of Palermo, Italy and University of Deusto, Spain

2007 - Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile


I taught a variety of courses in the Department of Social Statistics (academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19):

  • Longitudinal Data Analysis (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Survey Research Methods (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Multilevel Modelling (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Presessional course (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Dissertation workshop: Data Manipulation (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Dissertation workshop: SPSS syntax (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Top-up tutorial: Introduction to R (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • Top-up tutorial: Regression in Stata and R (MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics)
  • The Survey Method in Social Research (UG)
  • Essentials of Survey Design and Analysis (UG)
  • Understanding Social Media (UG)
  • Theory and Method in Demography (UG)

I have also taught short courses at the Cathie Marsh Institute (CMI):

  • Introduction to R
  • Multilevel Modelling
  • Introduction to Data Analysis

Activities and esteem

Peer review (ad-hoc)

  • Educational Policy (SAGE journal). 2020
  • Nuffield Foundation’s Grants for Research, Development and Analysis. 2018
  • International Journal of Research & Method in Education. 2015-2016.
  • International Journal of Educational Development. 2014.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the European Sociological Association (ESA)

Accredited Researcher Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

1 Jan 2021 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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