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Dr Carlos Zepeda

  • Qualifications: BA Econ, MA Dev Stud, DPhil Pol & Int Stud.
  • Role Title: Research Associate in Development Studies
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 4158
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  • Department: Economics and Finance
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Subject Interests: Solidarity Models of Development, Politics of Sustainable Development, Governance of Natural Resources, Water Governance, Water-Food-Energy nexus models, Development Aid Effectiveness, Sustainable Development Goals: 6, 10,11, 16 and 17

Dr. Zepeda is a Development Studies researcher with more than a decade’s experience working on the politics of sustainable human development in Latin America, especially on those related to water governance in Central America. At the University of Portsmouth, Dr. Zepeda works as Research Associate in Development Studies and part-time Human-Development Tutor for the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO, Argentina). Dr. Zepeda is part of the coordinating team of the University of Portsmouth’s Development Studies Group’ a cross-faculty research network working on issues and events related to development.

Dr. Zepeda has collaborated lecturing for Development Economics, Economics & Politics of Development and Global Environmental Issues and Concerns. Dr. Zepeda’s research interests focus on how social power shapes poor and vulnerable people’s sustainable development. His Ph.D. in Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick explored the ‘Water politics in El Salvador : power, water and social change in poor communities of San José Villanueva “(2015) and drew on his experience working as Central America’s Political Advocacy Officer for OXFAM (2007-2010) leading campaigns on Social Justice and the Human Right to Water. 

Dr. Zepeda holds an MA in Politics of Alternative Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2005-2006). In parallel to his doctoral research on the politics of water governance, Dr. Zepeda has supported Global Governance and Global Democracy projects at the University of Warwick (2010-2015). Dr. Zepeda holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Development from Valencia University, Spain (2004 -2005) and a BA in Economics from the University of Central America where he has also worked as a Researcher and Lecturer in Development Economics (2001-2004).


Dr. Zepeda’s research is currently researching the models of (un) sustainable development that are shaping the governance and politics of natural resource access in Central America, in particular that of clean water access and its governance in times of increasing water scarcity, exacerbated neoliberalism and the challenges of climate change. Interesting elements of this research includes an exploration of the power struggles due to unsustainable water-food-energy nexus models of development driving mining, dams and large urbanisation projects for profit exploitation of natural resources in Central America. Finally, and related to the latter, Dr. Zepeda’s research draws on a constant dialogue and research of new models of alternative development and resistance defying aspects of neoliberalism from either state or grassroots organisations in Latin America and developing countries in general.


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