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Dr Carlos Zepeda

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Carlos Zepeda
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow - Distance Learning

Dr Carlos Zepeda
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+44(0) 20 7898 4631
SOAS University of London
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Carlos is a Development Studies researcher working on the politics of sustainable human development in the Global South.

Since 2019, he works as Senior Teaching Fellow and Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and teaches part-time for the online MSc in Human-Development at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO, Argentina).

His research focuses on finding out and exposing the range of power relations shaping poor and vulnerable people’s opportunities for sustainable human development across Latin America and especially in Central America, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. His work emphasizes linking the global geopolitical and economic power relations exerted by the US, China and the EU with the local elites’ interests shaping natural resource governance in these regions.

Before joining SOAS, Carlos worked as Research Associate in Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Carlos has taught several development courses including Development Economics, Economics & Politics of Development and Global Environmental Issues and Concerns. His PhD in Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick explored the ‘Water Politics in El Salvador’ (2015) and drew on his experience working as Central America’s Political Advocacy Officer for OXFAM (2007-10) leading social justice and human right-to-water campaigns.

Carlos worked on Global Governance and Democracy projects at the University of Warwick (2010-2015) and holds an MA in Politics of Alternative Development from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2005-6) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development from Valencia University, Spain (2004 -2005) Carlos gained his BA in Economics from the University of Central America in El Salvador where he also worked as a Researcher and Lecturer in Development Economics (2001-2004).


Carlos is currently working in the design and launch of SOAS’ Development Studies Department flagship Online Learning MScs in International Development and Humanitarian Action.

Carlos also tutors the online learning Master degree module in Human Development for the Faculty of Latin American Studies (FLACSO, Buenos Aires).

Carlos has taught a variety of development studies courses at the University of Portsmouth (UK), University of Central America (UCA, El Salvador) and Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Online Learning Academic Modules co-design work

  • Political Economy and Sociology of Development (PESD, Core Module)
  • Humanitarian Principles and Practice (Core Module)
  • Dissertation (Core Module)
  • Gender and Feminisms in Development (Optional Module)
  • NGOs, Social Movements and Civil Society (Optional Module)
  • Global Challenges of Forced Migration and Development (Optional Module)


Carlos’ current research focuses on making visible the hidden dynamics of power shaping the sustainable development agenda and political ecology in fragile states in Latin America. The increasing concern is on examining the way local/global power relations are having an impact in the potential progress of the world’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

In terms of approach, Carlos focuses on operationalising notions of power in sustainable development. Specifically, his work explores how synthesising academic toolsets ranging from Steven Lukes, Gramsci to Foucault with Amartya Sen’s capability approach and political ecology approaches can bring more refined picture of issues of causality in development studies. To this end, Carlos is member of the Development Studies Association (DSA) and Human Development and Capability Approach Association (HDCA).

Carlos is interested in academic collaborations with scholars and practitioners as well as supervising students exploring critical and political aspects of sustainable human development in the Global South.


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  • Global
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  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
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  • French
  • Spanish


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