About the Academic Council

The Academic Council collaborates with LID to ensure that the strategies taken by the Lab adhere to appropriate methodological standards. The Academic Council is comprised of experienced faculty members with a wealth of knowledge in the field of participatory democracy and citizen participation.

Ernesto Isunza Vera, PhD.

Professor Isunza Vera holds a BA in Sociology from the Universidad Veracruzana and a PhD in Political Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His research focuses on democratization of society, accountability, human rights, citizen participation, democratic checks and balances, and citizenship building. He is currently a faculty member of the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) Gulf Campus and is also President of the Center for the Studies of Citizen Control and Democratic Construction.

José del Tronco Paganelli, PhD.

Professor DeL Tronco Paganelli has a MA in Government and Public Affairs from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico Campus and a PhD with honors in Political and Social Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His research interests center around public policy analysis, political representation in Mexico, and citizen participation in Latin America. He has taught in universities in Mexico, Colombia, Spain, and Argentina and is currently a faculty member of FLACSO Mexico.

Laura Montes de Oca Becerra, PhD.

Professor Montes de Oca Becerra has a MA in Political Sociology from the Instituto Mora and a PhD in Political Science with a concentration in Sociology from the Colegio de México (COLMEX). Her research interests include governance structures (such as consultative councils), participatory budgeting, and citizen observatories. She also studies the role of democratic innovation in the citizen participation process. She is a current researcher of the Institute for Social Research (IIS) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a professor of the graduate program of the School of Political and Social Sciences at the same university.

María Luisa García Batiz, PhD.

Professor Garcia Batiz has a MA in Urban Development from the Colegio de México (COLMEX) and a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG). Her research interests include local governments, regional development, urban planning, participatory urban management, and citizen influence on public policy. Garcia Batiz is the Coordinator of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the Universidad de Guadalajara.

Basilio Verduzco Chávez, PhD.

Professor Verduzco Chavez holds a MA in Regional Development from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) and a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University. His research interests include the negotiation of urban development processes, citizen participation processes, environmental policy development, and institutional change. He is a faculty member of the Regional Studies Department of the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG).

Almudena Ocejo Rojo, PhD.

Almudena Ocejo Rojo is Director of the Center for the Studies of Citizen Control and Democratic Construction (CCS) of CIESAS since 2007. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a MA in Mangement and Public Policy from New York University (NYU), and a BA in Humanities from the Universidad de las Américas – Puebla (UDLAP). Before joining CCS she was Director of the Public Relations Unit for Transparency in the Ministry of Public Service (SFP) of Mexico. From 1999 to 2003 she resided in Washington D.C., where worked as consultant for the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and Director of Research and Analysis at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.