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Esperanza Vera-Toscano

Senior research fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Esperanza Vera-Toscano has a long-standing expertise in the study of disadvantage, social exclusion and individuals’ wellbeing, acquired over more than two decades working for government agencies including the Spanish National Research Council and Canada’s national statistical agency and collaborating with supranational institutions such as the World Bank and independent social organisations like the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK).

She brings a well-established record of supporting evidence lead policy reform to Melbourne Institute, following her six years tenure as the Senior Researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Dr Vera-Toscano has extensive experience using numerous panel and cross-section datasets to investigate the incidence and determinants of disadvantage in its broadest sense, as well as more specifically in the examination of the role of gender, regional differences, and education and skills on inequality and social exclusion.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne