Institute for Social Science Research-The University of Queensland
Francisca is a sociologist with a Master’s degree in Economics, both from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She has always been working of educational topics, from academic and government institutions. She started her career working as a research assistant and then as an academic at Diego Portales University, where she was involved in publications of national and international studies, including PISA and SERCE and the evaluation of educational policies and reforms in Chile and abroad.
Afterwards Francisca worked as a researcher in the Research Centre of the Ministry of Education in Chile, where she was responsible for several tasks, including her position as a National Project Manager of OECD projects such as PIAAC and TALIS-video study. During this time, Francisca was engaged in teaching activities, working as a lecturer in Economics and Statistics subjects at Diego Portales University. In her PhD thesis, Francisca aims to identify the effect of school choice policies on parental engagement and the mechanisms through which it operates. In order to do so, she is mainly focused on Chilean school choice policies, including the recently passed “Ley de Inclusión Escolar”.