Sandra Aguilar is a second year student in the Sustainable Development PhD program. Her main research interests lie in the fields of health, inequality, gender and development economics. Sandra holds a Master in Applied Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), as well as a degree in Economics from the same university. Her BA’s thesis, in which she explored the distribution of the economic consequences of drug-related violence in Mexico, has been awarded by CitiGroup (Banamex) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

She is currently working with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, where she studies drivers of health inequality in the US. Her other projects focus on gender disparities in the context of natural resource shocks and women’s health in developing countries. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked at the Economic Research Division at Mexico’s Central Bank and as a junior researcher in two NGO’s, where she analyzed public policy challenges related to financial sustainability, environmental and energy policy, as well as crime prevention.