Roberto Castellanos

Alumni Ambassador, Mexico

After my time in IDS (1998-2000), I returned to Mexico and did consultancy work for Transparencia Mexicana (TI Chapter in Mexico), the UN office and UNICEF. It was during this period that I became engaged in a research project (that ended in a book) on child labour and children’s rights in Mexico, which since then has become a key theme of interest in my professional life.

All these led me later to start working for the federal government at the Ministry of Social Development (in transparency issues of social policies) and a year later I became Academic and Applied Research Coordinator for the Mexican Think Tank-CSO Fundación Este País, a post which I left in 2010 (but still linked to some of the workings of the organisation) to going back to the University to do a PhD. I am currently a PhD candidate and lecturer at the National Autonomous University of México, working on subjective wellbeing and its uses and applications in public policy. Social policy and public policy in general are also part of my research interests.