Elena LAZOS CHAVERO has a full time professorship and research position at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales of the UNAM. During her actual sabbatical year, she is a lecturer at the University of Zurich. Elena Lazos is responsible for several projects related to rural community development, use and conservation of natural resources, education, community environmental conflicts. These projects have numerous objectives: to restore ecological pathways, agroecological alternatives and silviculture; to provide ecological education for children and their parents; to manage agricultural transformation and their ecological social and cultural consequences; to restore household organization and natural resources management; to control community violence and access to land; and to increase social awareness of ecological degradation. Originally a biologist, she holds a master's degree in social anthropology and a Ph.D. in the socioeconomics of development research from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.
She is now teaching at the University of Zurich and is participating in research projects in collaboration with the University of Zurich and the University of Mexico. She is coordinator of the swiss group in a project about 'Multiculturality and autonomy as a necessary condition to sustainable development in Latin America'. She coordinates also a project in Mexico about 'Social Dimensions in the use of Transgenic maize in Mexico'
She has been awarded by four academical important national and international prizes. She has been giving over 70 conferences at the national and international level. She has actually 30 published articles and two books.