Melissa Vergara Fernández is currently a doctoral researcher at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the coordinator of the YSI Philosophy of Economics working group. She obtained a MA (cum laude) in Philosophy and Economics from the same institute and holds a BSc in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research is on economic methodology, in particular on the use and the epistemic contributions of theoretical economic models. Vergara Fernández has carried out research on representative agent (macro) models and labour economics models, as well as on the role that theoretical models may play in policy evaluation, particularly in the context of Development. She strives to make philosophy relevant for the scientific discipline she very much cherishes: economics.
She has worked as a Lecturer at the Utrecht University School of Economics teaching Economic Methodology and as an external teacher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) teaching the working groups of the Economic Methodology course.
She has also pursued bachelor studies in Art, with emphasis on electronic media. Speaks Spanish, English and Dutch. She is based in Groningen, the Netherlands.