Researcher biography

After completing his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2009 at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, José worked as a teacher in a rural primary school for one year. In this time, he became interested in the (dis)connections between education policy and practice. Motivated by this interest, José pursued a Master’s in Education Research in the Universidad Veracruzana and graduated in 2013. He worked as an education advisor and as an associate lecturer from 2013 to 2015. José joined the University of Queensland as a PhD student. His research explores the creation and implementation of school-based obesity policies in Mexico.
José has received the following training funding:

  • University of Queensland International Scholarship (2015-2019). 
  • National Postgraduate Education Grant (2010-2012) from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). 
  • International Visiting Postgraduate Scholarship (January-July 2012) from CONACYT to cover a 6-month stay at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 

Research interests

José’s research interests lie at the intersection of education policy, critical obesity studies, and food politics. 

Project title

The social construction of physical education pedagogic discourse in Mexico


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