Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Ecuador - Latin American School of Social Sciences – Ecuador

FLACSO became established in Ecuador in 1974, through an agreement between the Ecuadorian State and FLACSO international system. The institution is part of the Ecuadorian system of universities and was recognized by the Law of Higher Education in the year 2000. The school has administrative and financial autonomy according to its articles of association. The institution established the "Observatory on Racial Discrimination and Ethnic and Cultural Exclusion (2011)”.

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In its repository we may find doctoral thesis on the topic of people of African descent on various areas. This institutional repository was established to manage, disseminate, preserve and offer access to academicians and students from different programs and projects of the Latin American School of Social Sciences, FLACSO. The repository offers a free access on-line service:



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Founding Date

Established in 1974, and acknowledged by the Law of Higher Education in 2000.


Academic and research


Calle La Pradera E7-174 y Av. Diego de Almagro

Telephone Numbers

(593 2) 2946800

Fax number

(593 2) 2946803

Links to social networks

Twitter @FLACSOec

Person in charge

Dr. Juan Ponce - Director

Other members of the Executive

Academic Sub director: Dra. Valeria Coronel;

Academic Coordinator: Dra. Palmira Chavero;

Research Coordinator: Dr. Fredy Rivera

Objectives of the institution

To acquire and disseminate knowledge and skills in the field of social sciences and the humanities through teaching and critical and creative research.

Heritage documents under its protection

1.728 documents make up the Historic Collection. These documents are in digital form. This documentation is used for consultation by students, professors and researchers.

Periodicals published by the institution

Íconos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales, is a publication of FLACSO Ecuador. It was established in 1997 with the purpose of encouraging critical reflection on social sciences on topics of social, political, cultural and economic debate in the country, the Andean region and Latin America in general. A magazine on social sciences that is published three times a year in the months of January, May and September.

Letras Verdes. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales, is a digital publication published every six months by the Department of Development, Environment and Territory of FLACSO Ecuador. The magazine, established on March 2008, has the objective of disseminating initiatives of academic research and to serve the purpose of socializing and communicating today’s social and environmental topics, from the point of view of political, urban, environmental policy and environmental sociology, and anthropology of nature, among others. Letras Verdes is issued on the months of March and September.

URVIO, Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios de Seguridad is a digital publication published every six months by FLACSO Ecuador. Established in year 2007, the magazine is a space for critical reflection, debate, up-dating knowledge, research and consult on issues linked to security, organized crime, intelligence and public policies on the security of the region.

This magazine is an open forum for researchers to contribute towards the development and dissemination of theoretical and methodological reflection devoted to the analysis and evaluation of public polities, particularly from the viewpoint of the experiences of Latin America. The magazine Mundos Plurales is published twice a year, on May and November, and the articles may be presented in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Kichwa.

Eutopía. Revista de Desarrollo Económico Territorial seeks reflection on what is happening in our society taking the territory as a focal point. The term "Eu-topia” comes from the Greek: eu, good and topos place, taken literally it would mean “good place” and that is exactly was we are seeking both for Ecuador and Latin America. The building of a "good place", not as a utopia but as something real and viable. This is a challenge needing the active incorporation of avant-garde social thinking in the region.