Luis Cornago Bonal

Lincoln College
DPhil Politics

My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative political economy and political sociology with a particular focus on political socialization and the role of social networks. In my doctoral thesis, I aim to achieve a more encompassing understanding of the economic winners of the knowledge economy – either as voters, workers, or business leaders – against the backdrop of major sociostructural transformations in western Europe and the United States. I aspire to do so by using a wide range of empirical methods, which includes observational designs, experimental approaches, and quantitative text analysis.

Prior to starting the doctorate, I graduated with from the London School of Economics (MSc in Comparative Politics) and the University Carlos III of Madrid (Dual Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Sociology). I have also spent time studying abroad in the United States (Carleton College) and Denmark (Copenhagen Business School).

Outside academia, I was a Europe analyst at Teneo’s political risk division in London from September 2018 to September 2021. I have also worked as an intern at the European Commission's Representation in Madrid, the Consulate General of Spain in New York, and Eurasia Group.

I have held several research assistant positions at different academic institutions including Nuffield College, the London School of Economics, and University Carlos III of Madrid.

Over the years, I have carried relevant work with think tanks, research institutes and media outlets (El País, Agenda Pública, Policy Network, Esade EcPol, Política Exterior, Politikon).


At the University of Oxford, I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Comparative Political Economy paper (Michaelmas 2022, Hillary 2023, and Trinity 2023).

At the Open University of Barcelona, I am an Associate Lecturer for fourth-year undergraduate students on political risk and think tanks based on real-life work scenarios.

In the 2021-2022 academic year I taught together with Oliver Strijbis and Carsten Nickel a capstone project course at the University of Zurich on political risk analysis.


My research interests include:

  • Comparative political economy
  • Political sociology
  • Electoral behaviour and public opinion
  • Political socialization


Awards and Scholarships

  • DPIR Studentship (2021-2024)
  • "la Caixa"​ Scholarship for Postgraduate studies in Europe (2017)