Current Member

Lena Lavinas

Social Science
Field of Study
Home Institution
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

A new world is emerging as we forge into the twenty-first century, a world in which mass indebtedness has become a marker of social inclusion. Being indebted, and living in debt, may become the norm in this age of financialized capitalism. The aim of Lena Lavinas’s research is to examine how entitlements are being transformed from rights into assets to serve as collateral.

Dates at IAS
  • Social Science
Université Paris III Doctorate, 1984
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study) 2016–2017 Fellow
Program of Latin American Studies (PLAS) at Princeton University 2013 Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor
Research Network on Social Inequalities in Latin America - at the Freie Universität Berlin 2012–2013 Visiting Research Fellow
Municipality of Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro State 2007–2011 City Secretary for Science and Technology
Direction of Social Protection, International Labor Office (ILO), Geneva 2000–2003 Senior Economist (Social Policy Senior Analyst P5 - step 5)
Institute of Research in Applied Economics (IPEA), Ministry of Planning, Brazil 1993–2000 Senior Academic Researcher (Senior Economist, Social Policy Direction)
School of Public Policy and Urban Research, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 1998–1999 Visiting Professor
Institut de Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine, Université Paris III 1996–1997 Visiting Professor (Chaire Simon Bolivar)
School of Public Policy and Urban Research, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 1994–1995 Visiting Professor