Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Contact Details

Dr Albert Varela

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

I have been a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the University of Leeds since August 2015.

I obtained a PhD and MA from the University of Sheffield and a degree in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I have previously taught Social Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (Manchester) and Social Policy at the Department of Sociological Studies (Sheffield).

Research Interests

My main research interests are in social policy and inequalities in relation to the labour market and the welfare state. I am particularly interested in the use of quantitative methods, especially latent variable models and longitudinal data analysis, with national and comparative secondary datasets to understand these issues.


I am a member of the University of Leeds Q-Step Centre leading a step-change in the organisation and delivery of quantitative methods training in the social sciences. I teach in a range of modules on Research Methods, Social Policy and Social Inequalities in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

PhD Supervision

I welcome the opportunity to supervise students in the broad areas of Quantitative Sociology and Social Policy, and particularly on topics related to labour market inequalities, welfare states, poverty and social exclusion. I am currently co-supervising a PhD project on drug-related crime and public policy in the Czech Republic.

Key Publications


  • Ramos-Díaz J, Varela Montane A, ‘From opportunity to austerity: crisis and social policy in Spain’, in Social Policy Review Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012, ed. by Kilkey M and Ramia G (Policy Press, 2012), 231-256
    DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.003.0012

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