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Ricardo Ayala is a Chilean-born European sociologist, well-travelled researcher and published author.
His early career unfolded in areas as diverse as arts, radio and healthcare management. While training in healthcare at University of Concepcion, he did creative writing, modern languages, music and landscape drawing.
Social science career
Later on he worked as a university lecturer to finance his postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities (Austral University), where he obtained a master's degree in applied social sciences. He then studied in France (bachelor's in sociology) and Belgium (PhD in sociology). He also trained in history of science at University of Paris.
As a social scientist, he has been a visiting academic in a number of universities, including New York University, Université du Québec, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Université de Lille and University of Lincoln (UK). While serving as a reviewer in a number of international journals, he is an editorial board member in the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Moreover, he has published in journals in sociology, anthropology, medicine, humanities, history and education.
Among his recent public appearances are open conferences such as a WHO/PAHO talk on interprofessional collaboration, in May 2020.
His latest book, Towards a Sociology of Nursing (2020), was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently working on a 2021 book on long-term history of healthcare reforms, and on a research project on business ethics as applied to the healthcare sector in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam.
In his spare time he runs a mentorship programme meant for academic writers called 'From researcher to author.'
Little is known about his private life. In different interviews he has said he quit healthcare to have the "bohemian, sexy lifestyle of the writer" which, according to himself, seemed easier to achieve by becoming a full-time author.. When he is not travelling, he is most likely to be found at his place in Brussels because, as he asserts, walking away from office life, structured routines and the morning commute makes him feel he is not a part of the "pernicious paper-writing industry" and "voraciously competitive, rankified research environments."
He is said to have done the catering for the reception after his own PhD defence at Ghent University, back in 2015, and taken all the leftovers with him.
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