In November 2005, the public call to select the six academic researchers was issued. The academic researchers must fulfill the following requirements: to be or to have been members of the National Researchers System; have broad experience on the matter, and to be currently collaborating with higher education institutions registered on the National Science and Technology Council Register of Excellence.
In February 2006, the National Social Development Commission in an extraordinary session selected by majority of votes the following researchers: Graciela Freyermuth Enciso, Graciela Teruel Belismelis, Félix Acosta Díaz, Agustín Escobar Latapí, Fernando Cortés Cáceres and Juan Ángel Rivera Dommarco, who will assume the position during four years, with the possibility of reelection for half of them. Appointment.
Félix Acosta Díaz
He holds a Undergraduate Degree in Economics and in Social Statistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Demography from El Colegio de México. Since 1986, he has been a research professor in the Department of Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) and from 1989 to date at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF). He has carried out studies about the social and cultural determinants of poverty and social vulnerability of families.
Fernando Alberto Cortés Cáceres
He has an Undergraduate Degree in economics from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-Occidente. He is a full-time professor at the Centro de Estudios Sociológicos, El Colegio de México. He is specialized in subjects such as poverty measurement, methodology for social program qualitative evaluations, social mobility, and income distribution.
Agustín Escobar Latapí
He has an Undergraduate Degree in Social Anthropology from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Manchester, UK. He is a research professor in the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-Occidente. His academic interests are focused on Mexican social policy with emphasis on evaluation of social programs and Mexican migration.
María Graciela Freyermuth Enciso
She earned an M.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Medicine with a specialty in Social Epidemiology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with a specialty in Medical Anthropology from UNAM. She is a research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social-Sureste. She has done research on health, gender, and health policies, all of which linked to education projects for indigenous and disadvantaged population living in Mexico’s southeast region.
Juan Ángel Rivera Dommarco
He has an Undergraduate Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the Universidad Iberoamericana, a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University, USA. Since 1993, he is a research professor at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP). He has evaluated programs targeted to women’s and children’s nutrition in rural areas. He has also participated in the design and coordination of two national nutrition surveys. He was part of the team that evaluated the Programa de Desarollo Humano Oportunidades in the area of nutrition.
Graciela María Teruel Belismelis
She has an Undergraduate Degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Ph.D. in Economics by the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a research professor in the Department of Economics at the Universidad Iberoamericana. She is specialized in the measurement of wellbeing and poverty, and evaluation of social programs.