María del Carmen is a consultant at the Vienna office of Technopolis Group. She has a dual background in the fields of computer science and education science. She combines both fields to conduct computer-based analysis of diverse data sources and large amounts of information to inform research and education policy.
She holds a PhD in computer science applied to education and research policy (Technische Universität Wien, 2017), and two masters’ degrees: one in software engineering (University of Jaén, 2010) and a second in innovation in computer science (Technische Universität Wien, 2013).
Since 2013, she is a regular visiting researcher at the Department of Education of the University of Oxford. There, she presents the utilisation of computer science methods to analyse data of higher education institutions in order to inform policy and provide guidelines for the implementation of educational programs. In 2015, she became an external auditor at the University of Tokyo to conduct data analyses of the Japanese research funding grants and the career development of their grantees.
Currently, she is collaborating with UNESCO as an external consultant for the Global Education Monitoring Report to develop a central data repository system that facilitates the analysis of UN, OECD and World Bank data. As a parallel activity, she is involved in the analysis of the career development of post-PhD researchers in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with other researchers of the universities of Oxford, Helsinki and Ramón Llull.
María del Carmen is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Italian.