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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: Explaning change in the Mexican social policy

PhD Supervisors

Jochen Clasen and Jean-Benoit Falisse


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 contest Rosario Castellanos of the Cultural Committee of the Senate of the Republic, 2015 (Published in Spanish as a chapter of a book: "Perspective of the Mexican woman at the dawn of the new millennium: in search of a new paradigm").

Third place in the National Contest of the Congress Channel and the Senate of the Republic, 2014 (Published in Spanish as a chapter of a book: "Perspectives of television and politics in Mexico: the congress channel as a tool for improving the democratic system").

Essay awarded with "Outstanding Performance" at the XIV Contest of Political Essay of the Electoral Commission of the state of Nuevo León, 2013 (Published in Spanish as a chapter of a book: "The construction of democracy in Mexico from the consolidation of the Legislature over the Executive").

Recognition 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 

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

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   

Print/Internet: guest columnist at El Norte/Reforma [newspaper] (Mexico)


Spanish (native), English (fluent).