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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Kevin Zapata Celestino

Kevin Zapata Celestino
Kevin Zapata Celestino
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)737 672 3809
Research Interests
Institutions and institutional change, conditional cash transfers, Mexican social policy, Mexican politics, poverty, Welfare reform politics, Welfare states, political elites, Social Policy, Policy change

PhD Title

From PROGRESA to PROSPERA: Explaining change and stability in the Mexican social policy

PhD Supervisors

Dr. Jochen Clasen, Dr. Jean-Benoit Falisse and Dr. Tod Van Gunten.


Master in Social Policy, Work and Welfare, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona [Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona].

Master in Public Administration and Public Policy, 2014, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education [Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey].

Bachelor in International Relations with diploma in Political Science, 2012, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education [Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey].

Professional Experience

Research consultant at the project: "The political economy of the fiscal injustice in Mexico", OXFAM México, 2016-2017.

Internship at IPSOS (Barcelona): Qualitative analysis and marketing coding, 2016.

Independent consultant at the projects:  "Diagnosis of public security in municipalities of the states of Puebla and Veracruz", for a private security company, and "Study of the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizational structure of the Secretariat of Social Development in the state of Nuevo León", Nuevo León Council for Strategic Planning, 2015-2016.

Political consultant at Comunicación Política (CCP): Implementation of federal and local programs; adviser in municipal governments; elaboration of qualitative and quantitative studies for governments and political parties; elaboration of the communicational and electoral strategy for political campaigns, 2012-2015.

Internship at Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI): Assistant in logical task during the electoral campaign of mayor in Guadalupe City in the State of Nuevo León, 2012.

Awards and Scholarships

Conacyt Scholarship for doctoral abroad studies, 2017.

Essay awarded with "Honorific Mention" at the University Essay Contest Rosario Castellanos of the Cultural Committee of the Senate of the Republic, 2015.

Third place in the National Essay Contest of the Congress Channel, Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic, 2014.

Essay awarded with "Outstanding Performance" at the XIV Contest of Political Essay of the Electoral Commission of the state of Nuevo León, 2013.

Award from the Ministry of Finance due the contribution in the elaboration of the National Development Plan 2013-2018 of the Federal Government, 2013.

ITESM Excellence Scholarship and Conacyt Scholarship for master's studies, 2012.

Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters

Zapata, K (2017), A postmodern explanation of 21st century terrorism [Una explicación posmoderna al terrorismo del siglo XXI], Revista Estudiantil Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, DOI: 10.18504/rl0210-001-2017

Zapata, K (2015), Perspective of the Mexican woman at the dawn of the new millennium: in search of a new paradigm (Perspectiva de la mujer mexicana en los albores del nuevo milenio: en busqueda de un nuevo paradigma), In 'Antologia de ensayos del concurso de ensayo universitario Rosario Castellanos', Mexico: Comisión del Cultura del Senado de la República.

Zapata, K (2014), Perspectives of television and politics in Mexico: the congress channel as a tool for improving of the democratic system (Perspectiva de la televisión y la política en México: el canal del congreso como herramienta para el mejoramiento del sistema democrático), In 'Tercer Concurso de Ensayo Transparencia y rendición de cuentas. La apertura de la señal del Canal del congreso en televisión abierta, como mecanismo de seguimiento y evaluación de la labor legislativa', Mexico: Instituto Belisario Domínguez del Senado de la República.

Zapata, K (2013), The construction of democracy in Mexico from the consolidation of the Legislature over the Executive (La construcción de la democracia en México a partir de la consolidación del poder legislativo sobre el poder ejecutivo), In 'XIV Concurso de Ensayo Político de la Comisión Estatal Electoral Nuevo León', Monterrey: Comisión Estatal Electoral Nuevo León.

Other publications

Zapata, K (2016), Teachers accountability: considerations of the implementation of the new teachers evaluation system in Mexico [La rendición de cuentas docente: consideraciones sobre la implementación del nuevo sistema de evaluación de los maestros en México], Revista Dimensiones, Year 2, Number 6.

Media appearances   

Guest columnist at El Norte/Reforma [newspaper] (Mexico), SDP Noticias [Internet] (Mexico)


Spanish (native), English (fluent).