Keywords: Public Policy, Environmental and Water Policy, Social Network Analysis
My research focuses on the design of institutions created to manage transboundary water resources. I combine institutional and social network analysis tools to understand how institutional design affects and it is affected by interactions among policy actors.
Water Governance in the Lower Chubut River Valley
Governing water in the Patagonian steppe
The Lower Valley of the Chubut River in Argentina is the second most productive region within Patagonia, providing almost half of the agricultural production of the Chubut province while concentrating over 60% of the province's population.
In the Lower Valley, 5 municipalities coexist along with farmer and ranchers, sharing water from the Chubut river to satisfy their needs. As with most of Patagonia, many of the natural resource policies in the region are often uncoordinated at both the national and subnational levels. This project is a collaborative endeavor with the Red Ecofluvial de la Patagonia to study the water governance structure of the Lower Valley, as well as to propose alternatives for a sustainable management of the resources in the region.
Pascual, Miguel, Tomás Olivier, Laura Brandizi, Pablo Rimoldi, H. Andrés Malnero, and Gabriel Kaless. (2020). “Cuenca del Río Chubut. Análisis de Situación para Fondos de Agua. Fase de factibilidad: Versión 1.” Alianza Latinoamericana de Fondos de Agua. 180pp. (In Spanish).
Trimble, Micaela, Pedro Jacobi, Tomós Olivier, Cristina Zurbriggen, Miguel Pascual, Lydia Garrido, and Néstor Mazzeo. (2021). “Reconfiguring water governance for resilient social-ecological systems in South America.” In Julia Baird and Ryan Plummer (Eds.). “Water Resilience: Management and Governance in Times of Change”.Springer, Cham. DOI.
Institutions as networks
Networks of Prescribed Interactions
By combining insights from the Institutional Grammar Tool with concepts from Social Network Analysis, it is possible to develop and test hypotheses regarding the design of formal institutional arrangements as well as the effect of formal rules on individual behavior.
Olivier, Tomás, Tyler Scott, and Edella Schlager. (2020). “Institutional design and complexity: protocol network structure in response to different collective-action dilemmas.” In Fischer, Manuel and Karin Ingold (eds). Networks in Water Governance. Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice.Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
Olivier, Tomás. (2019). “How do institutions address collective-action problems? Bridging and bonding in institutional design.”Political Research Quarterly, 72(1): 162-176.