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Institut für Umweltsystemforschung
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Raum 92/105
Tel: +49 - 541 - 969 - 3426

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo

Research interests

My research focuses on the study and analysis of the political and economic processes whereby communities and societies craft institutions (i.e., rules, norms and strategies) to manage their natural resources. In particular, I am interested in analysing how different interests and policy goals are weighed in and various social, cultural, environmental, economic, institutional and political outcomes are realised throughout several layers and stages of such processes. 

Prior to starting my PhD onwards, I have studied and analysed the outcomes and processes of the gold mining sector and the mining policy in Colombia. 

In both my current and previous work, I have drawn on both qualitative and quantitative approaches. From an interdisciplinary perspective, my research has been informed by insights from economic history, political economy, policy sciences (institutional analysis, in particular), resource and environmental economics, and behavioural sciences (behavioural economics, social psychology and social neuroscience, in particular).

Research projects

Current work

In the context of the research conducted by the group Behavioral Economics for the Environment (BEE), we (S. Engel and A-K. Kößler) study the workings and impacts of policy interventions for environmental and natural resource management.

In my PhD research, I am primarily interested in disentangling the possibles mechanisms through which participatory processes and methods might trigger and sustain collective action as well as prosocial behaviour for sustainable natural resource management.

Past projects

In 2015, together with Juan Camilo Cárdenas:  Consensus building and citizen monitoring in Santander, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) program “Addressing Biodiversity – Social Conflict in Latin America (ABC-LA)”. Previous related activities were either supported or funded by IBM, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), and the Research Institute on Biological Resources Alexander von Humboldt in Colombia. 

Between 2012 and 2013, together with Juan Camilo Cárdenas and Angelika Rettberg: A study of the mining policy-making process in Colombia between the end of the 20th Century and the 21st Century. This project was funded by the Vice – Presidency for Research and the Vice – Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Universidad de los Andes.

Between 2012 and 2013, together with Angelika Rettberg: A study on the relationship between gold mining, armed conflict and criminality in Colombia in the 21st Century. Funded by the Center for Studies on Security and Drugs (CESED), Universidad de los Andes.




With Angelika Rettberg. 2018. Minería de oro, conflicto y criminalidad en los albores del siglo XXI en Colombia: Perspectivas para el posconflicto colombiano. Colombia Internacional, (no. 93), p. 17-63. More

With Angelika Rettberg. 2016. Golden Opportunity, or a New Twist on the Resource-Conflict Relationship: Links between the Drug Trade and Illegal Gold Mining in Colombia. World Development, Vol. 84, pp. 82-96. More.

With Liliana Lizarazo, Philippe de Lombaerde, Andrea Parra, and Angelika Rettberg. 2014. Constitutional Aspects of FTAs: a Colombian Perspective. European Law Journal, Vol. 20, (6), pp. 824 – 847. More.

With Angelika Rettberg, Philippe de Lombaerde and Liliana Lizarazo. 2014. Rights, Free Trade, and Politics: The Strategic Use of a Rights Discourse in the Negotiations of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Colombia Internacional, 81, pp. 129-165. More.

Non-peer reviewed

With Angelika Rettberg and Sandra Yañez Quintero. (June, 2014). Legislando minas: breve historia de la legislación minera en Colombia, 1829-2001. Documento CEDE n.°38. Bogotá D.C.: Facultad de Economía, Universidad de los Andes. More.

Book chapter

With Angelika Rettberg and Juan Camilo Cardeas. 2018. Mismo recurso, diferentes conflictos: Un análisis de la relación entre oro, conflicto y criminalidad en seis departamentos colombianos. In Rettberg, A., Leiteritz, R., Nasi, C. & Prieto, J.D. ¿Diferentes recursos, conflictos diferentes? La economía política regional del conflicto armado y la criminalidad en Colombia. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes. A previous version of the chapter is available as Documento CEDE (No.64, 2017) More

With Juan Camilo Cardenas 2018. Acción colectiva para abordar conflictos socio-ambientales: El caso de Santurbán. In Hernández-Quiñonez, A. Modos de gobernanza del agua y sostenibilidad. Aportes conceptuales y análisis de experiencias en Colombia. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes. A previous version of the chapter is available as Documento CEDE (No. 29, 2018) More

With Miguel Urrutia. 2015. El oro en la Nueva Granada del siglo XVIII. Auge minero y desarrollo regional. In Meisel, A. & Ramírez, M. T. La Economía Colonial de la Nueva Granada. Bogotá D.C.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, Banco de la República. More.