Omar Diaz Fragoso

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PhD researcher

Omar Diaz Fragoso
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Omar Diaz Fragoso
Information School
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

I have a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master degree in Methodology of Science from Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico. I got my Master´s in 2021 with a dissertation on the interest of social science researchers in a Mexican university to share research data. As part of my experience during the master’s programme, I participated in the research projects “The Perception of the National Research System Researchers on the Open Science in Mexico” and “Open Science in Mexico: Diagnosis and Strategies to Promote its Culture in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers of the Country” funded by the IPN and CONACYT, respectively.

Professionally, I worked at the business incubator of the IPN where I built documentary evidence on entrepreneurship, innovation, and knowledge transfer programmes. Also, I worked as a teaching assistant in ethnography in the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico.

PhD project

Title: "Analysis of the integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Scientific Knowledge in projects focused on solving environmental problems in Mexico"

Nowadays, it is possible to observe severe modifications regarding the weather conditions throughout the world. This phenomenon threatens the well-being of societies and complicates the management of natural resources. Given the seriousness of the situation, there is a consensus among the scientific community that this problem requires a transdisciplinary approach. Transdisciplinary research features the inclusion of knowledge generated by stakeholders outside of academia. In this regard, the integration of traditional knowledge with science has proven useful in dealing with natural resource management. For instance, some authors argue that the integration of knowledge provides more data, empowers local communities, reduces costs, and delivers relevant results. However, the integration of traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge exhibits some difficulties due to the divide that exists between both knowledge systems. Therefore, the aim of my research is to analyse the integration of TEK and WSK from the perspective of inhabitants of local communities and scientists in Mexico who participate in research projects focused on the preservation of the environment to understand the position of the holders of each knowledge system and contribute to the construction of efficient projects.


Research interests
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Knowledge integration
  • Open Science
  • Qualitative methods
  • Scholarship from CONACYT to study my PhD in the University of Sheffield (2023)
  • Lazaro Cardenas Prize awarded by the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (2022)
  • Award for the Best Academic Performance 2021 awarded by the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (2021)
  • Scholarship from CONACYT to study my Master's in the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (2019-2021)