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Dr Patricio Troncoso is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE (Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research), Heriot-Watt University. Patricio is currently working in the “Children’s lives and outcomes” strand of the ESRC-funded Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR).

Patricio is an applied statistician with a background in Sociology and Public Policy. His research focuses on a range of children’s outcomes and experiences, including educational inequalities in attainment, school behaviour and attendance, school value-added, social care and protection, mental health as well as social and emotional learning and development.

Before joining I-SPHERE in 2021, Patricio worked at the Manchester Institute of Education and the Department of Social Statistics at the University of Manchester (2016-2020), where he also gained his PhD in Social Statistics (2015).

Research interests

  • Educational inequalities
  • Child protection
  • Child development, wellbeing and mental health
  • School value-added
  • Quantitative methods (especially Multilevel Modelling and Longitudinal Analysis)

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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