Zoraida is senior researcher in citizenship in the Community Organisation Research Group of the Lincoln International Business School, where she is leader of community based research and community empowerment.
Her research area is co-production of democratic knowledge/social challenges within community self-organisation, community based Research and university- community partnerships.
Zoraida has led the Community Empowerment and Active Learning for Active Citizenship programmes. She has contributed to projects to enable the influence of civil society organisations in policy processes as well as to projects to enable civil society organisations to research the impact of initiatives to strengthen democracy.
Her research includes projects funded by the Home Office, Department of Communities and Local Government and DEFRA / East Midlands Development Agency and the Lincolnshire Enterprise. This research has contributed with evidences to support the production of a National Learning Framework for Active Learning for Active Citizenship (2006) and the Government’s White Paper “Safer and Prosperous Communities 2006”.The Learning Framework was also recognised by the Government’s White Paper “Communities in Control 2008” as an essential element in the implementation of regional Take Part National Programme.
This research was funded by the ESRC research and capacity building programme “Take Part”, led by 3 HEIs, (hosted by Lincoln), 2008-2014.
The research programme is currently contributing to alliances for European and global community based research programmes.
Zoraida joined the University of Lincoln, after being head of the Centre for Law and Social Research (CIJUS) at Los Andes University in Bogotá- Colombia. She is currently supporting community based research related to the Colombian Peace Process.