Nicolás Zapata

Social Scientist Junior

Nicolás has been a Junior Social Researcher at the Charles Darwin Foundation since November 2023. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and is about to complete his master's in Public Policy Analysis from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.
His research focuses on analyzing fisheries in the continental area of Ecuador from an interactive governance perspective and actor mapping. His areas of research interest encompass governance, social sciences of conservation, and Actor-Network Theory for identifying key actors in the social context, including priority groups such as people with disabilities and women. Throughout his professional career, he has utilized qualitative and participatory research methodologies, allowing him to establish a close connection with communities from a humanistic perspective.
Nicolás considers himself a humanist advocating for the relevance of social sciences in the transition towards a society conscious of its ecological surroundings, focused on the care and preservation of the environment.