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Institut für Umweltsystemforschung
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49076 Osnabrück

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Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo

Research interests

My work focuses on the analysis and facilitation of the processes whereby actors, be they individuals or organisations, craft and enforce institutional arrangements for the sustainable management of their shared natural resources. In particular, I am interested in analysing how different perspectives and preferences are weighed in throughout several layers and stages of the policy process to realise desirable ecological, social, economic, institutional and political outcomes. Ultimately, this analysis seeks to inform the design and arrangements of policies, policy processes and polycentric systems to effectively foster pro-social action, at both the individual and the collective level, contributing to socially desirable outcomes in natural resources management thereby. 

To carry out my research, I have drawn on insights from economic history, political economy, policy sciences (institutional analysis, in particular), resource and environmental economics and the behavioural sciences (behavioural economics and social psychology, in particular). And I have employed a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods such as participant and non-participant observation, key informant semi-structured interviews, systematic comparative case studies, economic experiments and regression analysis to examine and disentangle the impacts and mechanisms associated with certain policy and process features. 

Research projects

Current work

Together with S. Engel and A-K. Koessler, I have been researching on the workings and impacts of policy interventions for environmental and natural resource management. We are primarily interested in disentangling the impacts of participatory processes on pro-social behaviour in social dilemma situations, and their potential underlying mechanisms.

My PhD thesis ("Participatory interventions for pro-social and collective action in natural resources management. An institutional and behavioural approach") advances this objective. In the thesis, I review the literatures on participatory governance, collective action and pro-social behaviour, and report, analyse and discuss the results of a series of lab and lab-in-the-field economic experiments.

Past projects

With Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Stefanie Engel, and Ann-Kathrin Koessler. “Prosocial behaviour and collective action for water management in Peru. A participatory intervention based on economic games and economic experiments”. Funding provided by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation for the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics at the Osnabrück University (Germany). Complementary funding to carry out the planned multi-actor workshops was primarly provided by the Environmental Program of GIZ in Peru (Pro Ambiente); the MERESE-FIDA project and the Institute for Nature, Earth and Energy (INTE) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). The management committee of the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (RPNYC), L+1, the steering committee for the formation of the Cañete River Water Resource Council and CELEPSA provided additional logistical support for the workshops we conductd in the Lima region. Video of the multi-actor workshop (Spanish)

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. Video of the economic games used in the project (by Juan Camilo Cardenas and Uniandes; Spanish).

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 Ann-Kathrin Koessler and Stefanie Engel. 2021. Inducing perspective-taking for prosocial behaviour in natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 102513. More.

With Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Mathias Janke and Stefanie Engel. 2021. Structuring Communication Effectively—The Causal Effects of Communication Elements on Cooperation in Social Dilemmas. Environmental Resource Econonomics 79, 683 – 712. More.

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.

Book chapter

With Angelika Rettberg and Juan Camilo Cardenas. 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) Spanish English

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. 


Contributing author in the forthcoming "Methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits" (Chapter 4), Invited to contribute to section 4.3.4, “Avoiding new value externalities through policy design”, (led by Stefanie Engel; Julian Rode and Fabian Thomas were also contributing authors in this section).

With Yaddi Miranda-Montagut, Sofía Castro, Ann-Kathrin Koessler and Manuel Rojas. 2021. Estrategia participativa para la gestión colectiva de cuencas basada en juegos económicos. Guideline for a participatory intervention for collective action in watershed management commissioned and by the Ministry of Environment and co-sponsored by the INTE – PUCP (Lima, Peru). We integrated the editorial team in charge of deploying, and documenting, the participatory intervention. The guideline was edited by Alejandra Zúñiga and the graphics were by Aldo Salinas. More

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.

Rettberg, A., De Lombaerde, P., Lizarazo-Rodríguez, L. and Ortiz-Riomalo, J.F. 2014. Trading Rights? Analyzing the Role of a Rights Discourse in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in Colombia. Iberoamericana, Año XIV, (53), pp.167-173. More.