About Us

Since its founding in 2003, the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ) has followed four basic tenets: a) produce, implement, and disseminate pertinent research in this field of studies; b) produce highly qualified researchers equipped with the necessary theoretical and methodological tools with which to contribute to this field; c) participate in the creation of development alternatives on different planes and levels, and d) establish networks of cooperation with other academic, social, and public institutions.

The doctoral program approaches the issue of development from a critical viewpoint. This includes historical and multidisciplinary perspectives spanning a variety of levels (global, regional, national, and local) and analytical approaches (economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and population-based).

It has been classified as an international level graduate program by Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and offers scholarships to both national and international students. In addition to belonging to established academic research groups, all faculty members belong to the Mexican National System of Researchers—70% of them in the upper II and III levels.

The program also has a highly international profile and scope, faculty and students come from a variety of countries, and academic agreements with prestigious institutions around the globe encourage academic exchange and, in some cases, joint institutional recognition of the doctoral degree.

In keeping with these aims, the program also serves as headquarters for three important scientific networks specialized in different areas of development studies and comprised by international teams of researchers: