Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega (BSc. Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Guanajuato; MBA/MEng. Advanced Technology Management, The University of British Columbia; PhD. Resource Management and Environmental Studies, The University of British Columbia) is an Assistant Professor in the Public Administration Division of the Centre for Economic Research and Teaching, CIDE (Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, CIDE, AC) based out of CIDE Region Centro in Aguascalientes, Mexico. He is a professor, researcher, educator and consultant in environmental politics and policy. He has conducted research in the field of environmental public policy and politics for over 10 years. Dr. Pacheco-Vega is also affiliate faculty and from 2006 until 2012 was a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia , and an affiliated faculty member in the Latin American Studies Program at UBC . From January 2010 until February 2011, he was the Regional Director, Western Canada, for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) and its Lead Researcher on Water and Climate Change.
Dr. Pacheco-Vega has conducted independent research on wastewater governance, comparative environmental policy in North America, urban sustainability and environmental NGO mobilizations. He is a member of the Consultative Group for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC)’ North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry and a participant in the Canadian National Water Strategy Meetings. He is on the editorial board of the international, peer-reviewed journals Global Environmental Politics, Water International and URBANA: Urban Affairs and Policy Research and has served on various local and national committees on environmental issues in Mexico, Canada and worldwide.
His main teaching interests include environmental politics, public policy, water governance, solid waste management, urban and economic geography and comparative and global environmental politics. His geographical areas of expertise include North America (Canada, US, Mexico) with an interest in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile). Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s methodological tools include quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as some expertise in geographical information systems (GIS). Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s research is broad and interdisciplinary in theoretical frameworks, empirical research methods with a policy-oriented approach to environmental problem-solving.