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I am an Associate Professor with the Methods Lab at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Sede Mexico. My research is interdisciplinary by nature, although I consider myself more of a political scientist and geographer, as those are the two major fields I studied during my doctorate. My research lies at the intersection of space, public policy, environment and society. I am primarily interested in understanding the factors that contribute to (or hinder) cooperation in natural resource governance. While my major focus has been sanitation, wastewater and pollution control, I am also interested in solid and hazardous waste management and urban/industrial restructuring. I use a broad range of theoretical approaches, cross disciplinary boundaries and apply multiple methods.

From July 2012 to July 2020 I was 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, where I am now affiliate faculty (and still teach some courses). I am now affiliate faculty, and from 2006 until 2012 I was a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia and affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program at UBC . From January 2010 until February 2011, I also held the position of Regional Director, Western Canada, for the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) while also being CIELAP’s Lead Researcher on Water and Climate Change.

I have been Editor for the Americas of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, I’m Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Sciences and Studies, Assistant Editor of Policy Design and Practice, and I sit on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics, Water International; Politics, Groups and Identities; Administrative Theory & Praxis; Journal of Environmental Sciences and Studies, Case Studies on the Environment, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, International Studies Review, and the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. I am also a National Researcher (Level 1) in Mexico’s National Researchers System (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, SNI) of the National Council for Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACyT). I’m also a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network of researchers and practitioners.

My previous research projects have focused on wastewater governance, comparative environmental policy in North America, industrial restructuring, urban sustainability and environmental NGO mobilizations. You can read more about my research interests here. My current projects include a study of the global politics of sanitation, an analysis of intractable water conflicts in Mexico, an investigation of polycentricity theory (advancing the work done by the late Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom), and its applicability to Mexican water governance, a global study on the politics of privatization and remunicipalization of water supply, a project on the role of transnational private and non-state actors in North American environmental governance and a study of informal waste picking in Latin America.

I am a member of the Consultative Group for the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC)’ North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry and have been a participant in the Canadian National Water Strategy Meetings.

My research and teaching interests include environmental politics, public policy, water governance, solid waste management, urban and economic geography and comparative and global environmental politics. You can read more about my current projects here. My geographical areas of expertise and focus are within North America (Canada, US, Mexico) although in recent years I have gained an interest in Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile). I consider myself a comparativist and my methodological tools include quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as some expertise in geographical information systems (GIS), and more recently, field experiments (particularly persuasion). I undertake research that is broad and interdisciplinary in theoretical frameworks, with a strong foundation in empirical research methods and a policy-oriented approach to environmental problem-solving.

I am passionate about undertaking applied, empirical work from which we can draw theoretical insights that advance our understanding of global environmental governance. My goal is to contribute to societal welfare through my scholarship. I am an ardent advocate of Open Access and you can access and read many of my scholarly publications through my Academia.Edu page.

I am also an enthusiast of social media in academia. I promote the #ScholarSunday and #MyResearch hashtags on Twitter. On the personal side of things, I am the proud uncle of nine nieces and nephews, a former competitive volleyball player and dancer. In my non-existent spare time, I enjoy volunteering for literacy programs for adults, mental health advocacy and queer youth support programmes.

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Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is an Associate Professor in the Methods Lab of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO) Sede Mexico. He is a specialist in comparative public policy and focuses on North American environmental politics, primarily sanitation and water governance, solid waste management, neoinstitutional theory, transnational environmental social movements and experimental methods in public policy. Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s current research programme focuses on the spatial, political and human dimensions of public service delivery from a comparative perspective. He has been Editor for the Americas of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), Assistant Editor for Policy Design and Practice. He also sits on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Water International, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Regions and Cohesion, International Studies Review, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and Politics, Groups & Identities. He sat on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of ISA in 2013-2015, and chaired the ESS Sprout Committee in 2016. He is a member of the Mexican National Researchers’ System (SNI), and holds the distinction of National Researcher Level 1.

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