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Débora Ascencio


MA Economic Sociology

Incoming 2019

From the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM)

Research Project: The Economic History of Entrepreneurial State and Public Enterprises in Argentina and Latin America.

My name is Débora Ascencio, I am a PHD candidate in Social Science at University of Buenos Aires (UBA), with a scholarship from the Argentine scientific system (CONICET). I am also finishing a Master in Economic Sociology at University of San Martín (UNSAM), and I am a professor at University of Buenos Aires (UBA). My topic of research is the economic history of entrepreneurial state and public enterprises in Argentina and Latin America, focusing on performance, institutional quality, and motivation of social actors, with the theoretical framework of economic sociology.

I spent two months in Cologne thanks to a joint Mobility Grant from the DAAD Network Remapping Global South and the Global South Studies (Universität zu Köln) as well as the Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales (University of San Martín, Argentina).

During my stay at the University of Cologne, I worked on finishing my master´s thesis and prepared a presentation to share my topic with other scholars from the global south and professors who provided us feedback comments about our work. I also attended to the fifteen days’ workshop “Academic Writing – Perspectives from Argentina, China, India, South Africa and Germany”, where we incorporate very valuable knowledge about writing strategies for young researchers.

This experience was very enriching and rewarding for my academic career. I am very grateful and hope to return soon.