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  • PhD in Economics - University of Manchester
  • MSc in Economics and Econometrics - University of Manchester
  • BA (Hons) in Economics - Universidad Catolica Boliviana 

Research interests: Economic Growth and Development; Governance and Corruption; Inequality and Income Distribution; Financial Markets and Institutions.

Gonzalo joined Abertay University in September 2015 as Head of the Division of Accounting, Finance and Economics. Career: University of St Andrews (Lecturer in Economics and Finance), University of Manchester (Lecturer in Macroeconomics; Teaching Fellow), Central Bank of Bolivia (Deputy Head of Payment Systems; Analyst in the Open Market Operations Division). Awards and Honours: Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS), Chevening Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, Certificate of Merit from the Senate of Bolivia. Professional bodies: member of the Council of the Scottish Economic Society (SES), member of the Royal Economic Society (RES) and member of the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL).  He has published in journals such as the European Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Journal of International Money and Finance. He has done consultancy work for the Department for International Development (DFID).


Pre-session Maths Workshop (UG)

Abertay University (2015-present)

Undergraduate: Corporate Finance, Business Finance, Financial Economics for Business, International Economics.

Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (2010 – 2016)

Doctoral module on Development Economics

University of St Andrews (2007 – 2015)

Undergraduate: Macroeconomics, International Finance, Financial Economic Theory, and Corporate Finance.
Postgraduate: International Finance, International Economics, Money and Banking, Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling.

London School of Economics External Programme (2009 – 2011)
Associate Examiner of Monetary Economics

University of Glasgow (2011/12 – 2014/15)
Postgraduate: Growth and Development (invited lecturer)

University of Manchester (2005 – 2007)
Undergraduate: Intermediate Macroeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics
Postgraduate: Diploma Course in Macroeconomics
Instructor in the course “Macroeconomics for Growth and Poverty Reduction in Low-Income Countries”, Centre for Growth and Business Cycles Research.

Research interests

Economic Growth and Development; Governance and Corruption; Inequality and Income Distribution; Financial Markets and Institutions.



  • Funding of £7,875 for growth workshop - Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (2011).
  • Travel grant of £350 - Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (2012).



  • Doctoral Scholarship, University of Manchester (2002-2005)
  • Overseas Research Scholarship - ORS (2002-2005)
  • Chevening Scholarship (2001-2002)
  • Certificate of Merit, National Senate of Bolivia (1996)
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship, Universidad Católica Boliviana (1995)

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange


Department for International Development – DFID

  • Help Desk Query: “Corruption and the Private Sector” (Feb. 2013)
  • Help Desk Query:  “Existing Practices on Anti-Corruption” (Apr. 2013)


Gonzalo has given talks on economics and finance topics in primary and secondary schools across Fife.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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