Meet the Scientist
Researcher at the Center for Economics and Social Policy
What scientific field do you work in?
I work in Time Use research. Currently I am focusing in two areas: The economic value of time, and time poverty and its determinants.
"I love studying time and all of its facets..."
Could you briefly explain what your job involves?
As a researcher my job involves three activities: reading, thinking, writing.
Besides that, I teach undergraduate and postgraduate classes in Economics and Engineering
Do you have any secret talents?
I love to dance to hip hop, and I used to dance DDR.
When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?
After my degree in Industrial Engineering, I went to work for Procter and Gamble and realized that working in the private sector was not my thing and that teaching and researching were my true passions.
If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be and why?
Donald Trump and I would resign.
Have you taken part in any research? If yes, what was your most exciting project?
Research was a main aspect of my doctoral program, and after that, my jobs have been in academia, completely linked with research.
My most exciting project is the overall topic of my research. I love studying time and all of its facets: optimizing time allocation in engineering, obtaining the value of time in economics, analysing time poverty, gender roles and work-leisure balance in every social science.
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What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?
I first got my degree in Industrial Engineering, then an MSc in Administration, and later a PhD in Engineering Systems. After that a did a postdoc in Time Use and Data Mining
What's your favourite movie quote?
Not a movie quote but something that helps me orient myself:
Constancy, not urgency.
I am in many parallel projects and I have to advance in every one of them.
The pressure builds.
"Being alone can drive you mad!"
What was the best thing about your job?
I am blessed that I don’t have a strict schedule so I can have some liberties.
What was the worst thing about your job?
I depend on my own pressures to be productive; and in academia you “publish or perish”.
"I love to dance to Hip Hop..."
If you could take one thing with you to an island, what would it be and why?
The rational answer would be drinking water, but if that is taken care of, I would take my partner. Being alone can drive you mad.
Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?
Constancy, not urgency.
Don’t take life so seriously.
Read and keep reading.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Don’t be afraid to change career paths. Worry about seeking happiness.
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