The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
Santiago Izquierdo Tort is a DPhil Candidate in International Development at the University of Oxford (expected 2018). He holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico de México (ITAM) where he graduated with Honours and received an Honourable Mention for his thesis at the XVII Premio de Investigación ExITAM in 2012. He also holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford where he graduated with Distinction and received the Papiya Ghosh Thesis Prize in 2014.
He has two years of management consulting experience, having worked for AT Kearney on several projects in Mexico, the United States and Canada. Since 2012 he was worked as an economic consultant on multiple environmental projects in Southeast Mexico in the context of REDD+.
His research interests centre on understanding the relations and interconnections between natural resource conservation and rural development. His doctoral thesis explores the effects of conservation and development policy in the municipality of Marqués de Comillas in the State of Chiapas in México as a way to advance integrated environmental conservation and rural development policy. More specifically, his thesis explores the socioenvironmental effects of the environmental conservation programme Payments for Environmental Services (PES) as well as its dynamic interactions with the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme Progresa/Oportunidades/Prospera.