Assistant Professor | Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
316B Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd.,
Areas of Expertise
- Environmental Policy
- Ph.D., Political Science, Florida State University (2005)
- B.S., Political Science, Catholic University of Córdoba (1996)
As a policy scholar, Ramiro Berardo is interested in studying how policy actors (individuals and organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental) interact with each other when they face environmental problems. These interactions might take multiple forms. For instance, relationships among stakeholders might emerge as formal rules determine who controls whom (e.g. a bureaucratic agency monitoring farming behavior). They can also be shaped by joint participation in policy venues or forums where decisions are made that affect the state of the environment (e.g. farmers attending different meetings convened by governmental agencies to discuss solutions to excessive application of fertilizers in their fields). Or they may emerge as informal norms and social pressure force certain actors to collaborate with others (e.g. unwritten rules prevent farmers from directing runoff into their neighbors plots), etc. However these interactions are formed, they collectively form the social capital that is believed to be a key ingredient for solving environmental problems involving many groups and individuals. In his research, Berardo examines how this social capital forms and how it affects both the attitudes of policy actors and their support or opposition to specific policy responses to environmental problems.
Selected publications on Latin America
- Berardo, Ramiro, Tomás Olivier, and Anthony Lavers. 2015. "Environmental crises as shocks to an ecology of policy games: Evidence from the Paraná River delta." Review of Policy Research 32(4): 443-464.
- Berardo, Ramiro, Tomas Olivier, and Marcos Meyer. 2013. "Adaptive Governance and Integrated Water Resources Management in Argentina." International Journal of Water Governance 1(3/4):63-80.
Berardo, Ramiro, and Victor Mazzalay. 2012. "Confianza, influencia política e intercambio de recursos en arenas decisorias regionales." Revista de Ciencia Política 32(2):479-500.
Berardo, Ramiro, and Andrea Gerlak. 2012. "Conflict and Cooperation along International Rivers: Crafting a Model of Institutional Effectiveness." Global Environmental Politics 12(1):101-120.