Departments

Anthropology, History and Humanities

The Department of Anthropology, History and Humanities links the social sciences and humanities though situated and contextualized conceptual and interpretative frameworks. Our programs articulate training, research and university extension through a critical, pluralistic and transformational framework form the perspective of Latin American societies, with a special emphasis on the Andean region. Our contributions in the fields of Anthropology, History, Philosophy and the Visual Arts aim to renew and enrich research on complex local, regional and global realities. In this sense, we take on the contemporary challenge of stimulating the production of diverse forms of knowledge, linked to processes of their exchange, reconfiguration and recreation through discourse, practices, processes and social and political configurations.

Areas of Research

  • City, memory and popular culture
  • Cosmology, otherness and globalization
  • Globalization and knowledge
  • State, politics and conflicts
  • Philosophy, knowledge and social thought
  • Visuality, senses and representation

Research Master's Programs

Doctorate

Coordinator

Fernando García, Dr. en Ciencias Sociales, IDES-Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina
fgarcia@flacso.edu.ec

Public Affairs

Our academic project is based on teaching and research regarding public action, defined as the product of interactions among the state, society and the economy. The Department’s Master's Programs in Urban Studies and in Public Policies and our Doctoral Program in Public Policies mobilize a multidisciplinary team of full-time local professors as well as professors from prestigious universities in Latin America, United States and Europe. Department faculty also comprise the Research Laboratory on Governance, made up of a monthly seminar and research groups based on the Department’s areas of research. Working groups allow students to present progress on their thesis and publication projects, while the monthly seminar provides a space for researchers to discuss their empirical and theoretical findings.


Areas of Research

  • Constitutional state and rights
  • Urban governance 
  • Policy networks 
  • Policy design
  • Socio-economics of institutions 
  • Urban planning, economics and territories 
  • Urban transformations and collective action
  • Public policies and territory

Research Master's Programs

Doctorate

Coordinator

Betty Espinosa, Dra. Universidad Católica de Lovaina, Bélgica
bespinosa@flacso.edu.ec


Centro de Investigación de Políticas Públicas y Territorio (CITE)

Development, Environment and Territory

The objective of the Department of Development, Environment and Territory is to reflect upon development, territorial dynamics and socio-environmental systems from a multidisciplinary and critical perspective, emphasizing categories such as rural space, socio-environmental conflicts, public policies and political economy. Development research and management must not only take into consideration economic growth, which currently marks the main trends in the field, but also other dynamics (social, environmental, territorial) with the aim of contributing to the wellbeing of the entire population, through equal access to education, healthcare and work, among others, and through approaches that compromise neither current nor intergenerational sustainability. The Department’s program prepares its graduates to work as professors, researchers and/or professionals in public and private planning and management institutions, non-governmental organizations, international agencies, research institutes and universities.

Areas of Research

  • Rural territorial dynamics
  • Culture, sustainability and territory
  • Public policies and development
  • Political economy of development
  • History, regions, cities and sustainability
  • Ecological economics and political ecology
Research Master's Programs

Coordinator:
Myriam Paredes, Ph.D. Universidad de Wageningen, Países Bajos
mcparedes@flacso.edu.ec

International Studies and Communication

The Department of International Studies and Communication is a place for academic debates and research that contribute to the generation of knowledge through the articulation of international, global and regional studies in their diverse dimensions of development and communication. The Department’s work is framed by interdisciplinary and critical perspectives and is guided by internationally recognized criteria for academic rigor and quality. The Department’s programs encourage critical and pluralistic investigation linked to teaching, thus contributing to dialogues between theoretical and methodological approaches that allow for the study of a variety of problems, themes and perspectives related to global studies. These include South-South relationships, the political economy of globalization, communication’s world order, the political economy of communication, studies of strategic intelligence, defense and security, the configurations of emerging regional blocks and considerations between peace and conflict. The Department offers a Doctoral program and three Master's programs. 

Areas of Research

Research Master's Programs

Coordinator:
Fredy Rivera, Dr. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina
frivera@flacso.edu.ec

Political Studies

The Department of Political Studies is an academic space devoted to teaching and research on the political field. The Department offers an approach to the study of politics that combines the disciplinary perspective of Political Science with the interdisciplinary approach of Political Sociology. From this double standpoint, the Department’s academic offering is defined by the diversity of its theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of and research on political matters. Both our disciplinary and our interdisciplinary approaches are reflected in the vast and rich body of research produced in the Department that that allows for new understandings of contemporary political processes, with a special focus on Latin American and Andean countries. The Department offers Master's degrees as well as a Doctoral degrees, so that entering students have the possibility of embarking on coherent and continued academic training.


Areas of Research 

  • State configurations and dynamics of power
    The focus of this area is the study of the State and its ability to generate dynamics of cooperation, political organization and the structuring of fields of social relations within the territories of its interventions. In this context, this research area introduces students to theories and studies that analyze the State as an actor that accumulates, concentrates and utilizes power. We research the processes of the constitution of states, their transformation though time and the consequences of national and transnational changes that condition states’ abilities to govern and interact with society. This area explores the coercive, symbolic, regulatory, territorial and fiscal sources and dynamics of state power-, as well as its ability to intervene, structure or modify diverse spheres of social and individual life. This area also focuses on the challenges to power, authority and state hegemony posed by local, national and transnational actors in the context of current globalization processes.
    Responsible: Burbano de Lara Felipe, Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Collective action, political conflict and democratic processes
    This area addresses processes of the construction of political actors, with a particular focus on social movements as well as the opposition, contentious interaction and political participation that these actors develop in contemporary capitalist societies. We develop lines of inquiry at the intersection of social movements and their interfaces with state institutions, which allows for the specific study of the dynamics of struggle, conflict and political change in Latin America. This area’s field of study emphasizes the ways in which the structuring of collective actors (mobilization structures, collective identities and political subjectivation) contributes to the configuring and reconfiguring of politics and social structures through resistance against dominant orders, innovation of democratic institutions and the expansion of public spheres that engender spaces for social emancipation.
    Responsible: Ramírez Franklin, Ph.D. in Political Sociology, University of Paris VIII-Saint Denis and Complutense of Madrid

Research Master's Programs

Coordinator:
Felipe Burbano de Lara, Dr. en Ciencia Política, Universidad de Salamanca, España
fburbano@flacso.edu.ec   

Sociology and Gender Studies

The Department of Sociology and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic environment dedicated to teaching and research in the social and political field at local, national and global scale. The department has three lines of research: "historical and political sociology", "Globalization, social inequalities and migration" and "Gender, subjectivity and citizenship". The first line addresses the problem of the formation of states in Latin America, the role of social movements and citizenship and explores the different theoretical and political currents which suggest these phenomena. The second line, studies social inequalities and political conflict on the continent, from migratory phenomena and the existing global order. The third line investigates the political and social problems of the formation of subjects, paying special attention to gender issues and different feminist theories that explain current inequalities. While each of these lines establishes a type of approach and specific problems, also it prioritizes analytical, conceptual and critical crossroads with other research fields. The department therefore provides training that examines the social and political processes from various theoretical and methodological prisms ranging from intersectionality, historical-critical theory, transnational perspectives to the relationship between sociology and economics.

Areas of Research

  • Globalization, social inequality and migration
  • Historical and political sociology
  • Gender, subjectivity and citizenship

Research Master's Programs

Coordinator:
Cristina Cielo, Ph.D. en Sociología, University of California, Berkeley, EEUU
mccielo@flacso.edu.ec