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Sociology Research


Martina Yopo Díaz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie, Universität Heidelberg and a Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge.

Martina is a sociologist and holds and MPhil in Sociology with distinction from the  University of Cambridge. She also completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge in early 2020 and is currently awaiting her graduation ceremony. In her PhD thesis 'Making the Right Time: the transition to motherhood in contemporary Chile', she draws on the intersection of time, gender and agency to analyse continuities and changes in the transition to motherhood among Chilean women.

Martina is also interested in international development and has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) and the Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), specialising in human, social and sustainable development. 

Research Interests

Martina's research explores the intersection of gender, time and inequality. She currently works on the female life course, the transition to motherhood, the delay of first childbearing and the social determinants of late fertility.

Research Projects

Martina is currently working on the research project 'The Social Determinants of Late Fertility: a comparative study of Chile and Germany', funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung in Germany.


Martina is currently teaching the course 'Gender and Society' at the Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie, Universität Heidelberg.

Key Publications - Books

Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo. 2015. Informe de Desarrollo Humano. Los tiempos de la politización. Santiago: PNUD.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Orchard, M. and Yopo, M. (2018). Inequality and Capabilities. A Multidimensional Empirical Exploration in Chile. In: Comim, F., Fennell, S. and Anand, P. B. (eds), New Frontiers of the Capability Approach. Cambridge, UK; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, pp.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Yopo Díaz, M. (2018). Revisiting Individualization: The transitions to marriage and motherhood in Chile. Current Sociology 66(5), pp. 748-768.

Yopo Díaz, M. (2018). Enacting motherhood: time and social change in Chile. Journal of Gender Studies 27 (4), pp. 411-427.

Güell Villanueva, P. and Yopo Díaz, M. 2017. Las Perspectivas Temporales de los Chilenos: Un Estudio Empírico sobre la Dimensión Subjetiva del Tiempo. Universum. Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales 32(1), pp.121-135.

Yopo Díaz, M. 2016. El tiempo de las mujeres en Chile: repensar la agencia. Revista de Estudios Sociales 57: 100-109.

Güell, P., Orchard, M., Yopo, M. and Jiménez-Molina, A. 2014. Time Perspectives and Subjective Wellbeing in Chile. Social Indicators Research 123: 127-141. 

Yopo, M., Rivera, S. y Peters, G. 2012. Individuación y políticas sociales en Chile. Sobre la experiencia de nuevas propietarias en la comuna de Lo Espejo. Polis. Revista Latinoamericana 32: 1-18. 

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Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


2020    Postdoctoral Research Stipend, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Germany

2017-2018 Simón Bolívar Fund, Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

2016-2018 Research Grant, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

2016 Fieldwork Grant, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK

2016    Chile Projects, Centre for Latin America Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

2016    Santander Mobility Grant, University of Cambridge, UK

2015    Bateman Scholarship, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

2015    PhD Scholarship, Cambridge Trust Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK

2015    PhD Scholarship, National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Chile

2015    Master’s Scholarship, National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Chile

2013    Best Thesis in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile

2010    Academic Merit, Department of Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile


Job Title:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie, Universität Heidelberg