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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Research Projects

Mr. José Luis (Pep) Mateos-González


After completing my undergraduate studies in History at the University of Barcelona and having worked for SIRIS Academic –a consulting company specialised in Higher Education and Research-, I decided to develop my own interests in the field of Sociology of Higher Education and Social Policy. The first stage of such a long journey started in 2014, when I commenced an MA in Social Research Methods (Social Policy) in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University.

I am currently in my third year of my PhD, in which I am investigating the causes and effects of recruitment drives of international students in English higher education, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. I use both qualitative and quantittive methods to analyse Select Committee papers and Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data in order to identify policy ideas and recruitment patterns. 

Follow me on Twitter: @JoseL_Mateos 

Field of Study

Non-European International Students in English Universities: Recruitment drives, intended and unintended consequences

My research assesses both the causes and consequences of increased recruitment of non-European international students in English higher education. 

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Higher Education
  • Widening Participation
  • Social Stratification
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Quantitative Methods

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