Mauricio Avendano is Reader (Associate Professor) in Global Ageing at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Harvard School of Public health. Before joining King’s College, Dr. Avendano was Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director of LSE Health at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2011-2015). He has been David Bell Fellow at Harvard University (2008-2010), and Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands (2006-2010). Dr. Avendano is also network associate of the McArthur Foundation Research Network on an Ageing Society.
Over the last five years, his research has focused on understanding the long-run impact of macro-economic shocks on the health of older people, and examining the health impact of social policies using longitudinal survey and registry data. His research has examined the health impacts of maternity leave policies, unemployment benefit programmes, work flexibility policy, cash transfer programmes and pensions. Part of his work also explores the causes of cross-national differences in health and mortality between the US and other high-income countries, and the role of social disparities and social policies in explaining these differences. His work tries to integrate econometric and epidemiological approaches to improve causal inference. Dr. Avendano has been awarded several grants including a European Research Council grant (ERC, 2011-2016), as well as several grants from the European Commission, the Dutch Scientific Council, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and National Institute on Ageing, and the McArthur Foundation. He has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.