LEE

ABOUT US

Mission

We are a team of research experts in Economics of Education who provide evidence to promote the development of innovative educational strategies and policies at the service of country’s educational quality, relevance, equality and inclusion.

Vision

Be a national and international benchmark in educational transformation issues that promote educational development and innovation in Colombia and the region.

Topics of Interest

  • Gaps in education (by gender, socioeconomic level, type of school, digital media and geographic areas, among others)
  • Academic performance (standardized tests, value added)
  • Education policy
  • Educational innovation
  • Financing of education
  • Others such as: harmony at school (bullying), teacher strikes, dropout rate, access, coverage, repetition rate and cognition, among others.

Our Team

Luz Karime Abadía Alvarado

Co-Director

labadia@javeriana.edu.co

Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; she also holds a Master’s degree in Empirical Applications and Economic Policies, and a PhD in Economics from the Universidad del País Vasco. She has served as the Director of the Economics Department at Universidad Javeriana, and Director of Promotion of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education. Her areas of research are Economics of Education, Labor Economics, and Gender Studies. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.

Gloria Lucia Bernal Nisperuza

Co-Director

gbernal@javeriana.edu.co

Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Master of Public Administration of New York University, and candidate for a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University UNU-MERIT in the Netherlands. Her areas of interest are Economics of education, Public Policy Analysis and Impact Assessment. She is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

César Andrés Vega Pardo

Junior Researcher

cesar.vega@javeriana.edu.co

Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. At LEE, he is responsible for the processing and use of databases to carry out descriptive and econometric analysis, the implementation of quantitative methods for research and for the evaluation of interventions related to the economics of education.

Ómar David Garzón Ospina

Junior Researcher

odgarzono@unal.edu.co

Economist of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and candidate for a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Development Studies of the Universidad de los Andes. At LEE, he is responsible for database processing, the construction of statistics and indicators, econometric analysis, and support in the design and evaluation of interventions related to the economics of education.

Juan Manuel García Ospina

Project Advisor

j.garciao@javeriana.edu.co

Economist and Master of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He has experience in entrepreneurship and management of consulting and research in the areas of science, technology, innovation and education, as well as in the creation and calculation of baselines of national indicators and indices and in the design and evaluation of public policy on transformative innovation. At LEE, he is responsible for managing research projects and obtaining grants (funds).

Gloria Gutiérrez Méndez

Communicator

Gutierrez.gloria@javeriana.edu.co

Social Communicator with emphasis on organizational communication of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogotá. At LEE, she is responsible for communications and image management, social media management, media relations, and content development to disseminate and socialize the initiatives and information analyzed and produced by LEE.

International researchers associated with LEE research

Jeffrey Penney

Ph. D. in Economics, Assistant Professor in Department of Economics. University of Alberta, Canada. Senior affiliated researcher at LEE. 

Allen Thurston

Ph. D., Professor, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom. Visiting Professor.

Maria Cockerill

Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom. Visiting Professor.

Kristof DeWitte

Ph.D. in Economics. Proffessor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven. Program director of the Master in Economic Education, Director of the research group ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’. University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.

Daniela Morar

Ph.D.in Economics. Postdoctoral Associate and lecturer in the Department of Economics. Yale University, United States.

Tommaso Agasisti

Ph.D. in Management Economics and Industrial Engineering, Master of Science: Economics. Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy.

Colombian researchers associated with LEE initiatives

Silvia Gómez Soler

Ph.D. in Governance and Policy Analysis, Master`s degree in Economics and International Development. Porfessor/Director of the Economics Degree at Javeriana University.

Santiago  Alonso

Dr. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Magister in Neuroscience and Education. Professor in Economics at Javeriana University.

Diego Astorga

Ph.D. in Economics. Assistant Professor in Economics at Javeriana University.

Juanita Cifuentes

Master`s degree in Economics. Professor in Economics at Javeriana University.

Research assistants

Pamela Amaya Herazo ·  pamela-amaya@javeriana.edu.co

Sergio Andrés García Bernal · ga_sergio@javeriana.edu.co

Eduardo Iriondo Peña · iriondoe@javeriana.edu.co

 

Ana Sofia Roncallo Patiño · a.roncallo@javeriana.edu.co


Diego Andres Ruiz Karkomes · diego_ruiz@javeriana.edu.co

Victoria Yael Lechtig Wasserman · victorialechtigw@javeriana.edu.co