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Alberto Corsin Jimenez

  • DPhil, MSc (Econ)
  • Senior Scientist
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
  • 12PublicationsNumber of items in Alberto's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 25Followers

Recent publications

  • Introduction

    • Corsín Jiménez A
  • Changing scales and the scales of change: ethnography and political economy in Antofagasta, Chile

    • Corsín Jiménez A

Professional experience

Senior Scientist

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

July 2009 - Present


Escuela de Organización Industrial

January 2009 - Present

University Lecturer in the Anthropology of Organisations

University of Manchester

September 2003 - June 2009(6 years)


DPhil in Social Anthropology

University of Oxford

January 1998 - June 2001(3 years)

MSc (Econ) in Social Anthropology

London School of Economics and Political Science

September 1995 - September 1996(a year)


I am a senior scientist at Spain's National Research Council. Previously I was Dean at Spain's School for Industrial Organisation (the State's School of Management and Open Innovation) and University Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. My areas of interest are the history and anthropological theory of knowledge practices, and in particular their contemporary expression in science/management/public encounters. I have written and continue to be interested in the political and economic anthropology of knowledge as a public good. Today arguments about the relevance and importance of certain modes of organising knowledge are often expressed in terms of 'open innovation', 'public value', 'social responsibility', 'distributive justice', even 'political ethics'. So I have found myself writing about these things too. I first did anthropological fieldwork among the nitrate mining communities of the Atacama desert in Antofagasta, Chile. For most part of the twentieth century, the history of nitrate mining in Chile was a history of corporate paternalism. The role of mining corporations as supplanters of the state and guarantors of social life mimicks in intriguing ways the new paternalism of universities. Or at least this is how I have explained to myself my jump from the Atacama desert to the world of corporate (academic) knowledge. More recently, I have carried out research among humanities scholars at Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, among management consultants in Buenos Aires, and among digital and new media artists and activists in Madrid.

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