Dr. Marian Urbina-Ferretjans joined UNU-ISP as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2013. Her research interests are in global social policy, social policy in developing countries, and South-South social cooperation. More specifically, her work examines in which direction and to what extent China´s role as a development aid actor is impacting global social governance and social policy developments in the South, in particular in Africa. In the context of the post-2015 UN development agenda process, one of the core questions is whether China´s ideas concerning welfare and social protection are becoming diffused and influence global policy and its implications for African social development.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Urbina-Ferretjans worked for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Latin American and the Caribbean Division in New York, and in the Philippines and China Country Offices. She was also coordinator and evaluator of European Commission-supported education and vocational training programmes in Spain. She holds a DPhil in Social Policy from the University of Oxford (UK); MPhil in Demography from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and BA in Sociology and Political Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).