Juan Carlos is currently pursuing his PhD studying the relationship between poverty alleviation programs and empowerment. Specifically, Juan Carlos is taking a participatory research approach to understand whether poverty measurement tools can create awareness, increase aspirations, and empower vulnerable people to overcome poverty.
Prior to joining the DPhil programme at IDS, Juan Carlos worked in the Ministry of Social and Economic Planning and was involved in the National Poverty Alleviation Program in Paraguay. He has more than a decade of experience in designing, developing and supporting projects in the areas of poverty, civil society participation, rule of law, and anticorruption programs.
He has a Master’s degree in Political Science (Fulbright Scholarship) from the University of Missouri in the USA, a Master’s degree in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Catholic University of Paraguay.