Dr. Ramiro Berardo

Ramiro Berardo
Assistant Professor
Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
316B Kottman Hall

Curriculum Vita

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Areas of Research

As a policy scholar, I am interested in studying how policy actors (individuals and organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental) interact with each other when they face environmental problems. These interactions might take multiple forms. For instance, relationships among stakeholders might emerge as formal rules determine who controls whom (e.g. a bureaucratic agency monitoring farming behavior). They can also be shaped by joint participation in policy venues or forums where decisions are made that affect the state of the environment (e.g. farmers attending different meetings convened by governmental agencies to discuss solutions to excessive application of fertilizers in their fields). Or they may emerge as informal norms and social pressure force certain actors to collaborate with others (e.g. unwritten rules prevent farmers from directing runoff into their neighbors plots), etc. However these interactions are formed, they collectively form the social capital that is believed to be a key ingredient for solving environmental problems involving many groups and individuals. In my research, I examine how this social capital forms and how it affects both the attitudes of policy actors and their support or opposition to specific policy responses to environmental problems.

Courses Offered

ENR 4000 - Environmental and Natural Resources Policy


Berardo, Ramiro, Isabella Alcaniz, and Lorien Jasny. 2016. "Policy Networks and Environmental Governance." In Nicoll Victor, Jennifer, Mark Lubell, and Alexander H. Montgomery (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Forthcoming.

Berardo, Ramiro, Tomás Olivier, and Anthony Lavers. 2015. "Environmental crises as shocks to an ecology of policy games: Evidence from the Paraná River delta." Review of Policy Research 32(4): 443-464.

Berardo, Ramiro. 2014. "Bridging and Bonding Capital in Two-Mode Collaboration Networks." Policy Studies Journal 42(2): 197-225.

Berardo, Ramiro. 2014. "The Evolution of Collaboration Networks in High Risk Social-Ecological Systems." International Journal of the Commons 8(1): 236-258.

Berardo, Ramiro, Tanya Heikkila, and Andrea Gerlak. 2014. "Inter-organizational Engagement in Collaborative Environmental Management: Evidence from the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 24(3): 697-719.

Berardo, Ramiro. 2013. "The Coevolution of Perceptions of Procedural Fairness and Link Formation in Self-Organizing Policy Networks." Journal of Politics 75(3): 686-700.

Lubell, Mark, John Scholz, Ramiro Berardo, and Garry Robins. 2012. "Testing Policy Theory with Statistical Models of Networks." Policy Studies Journal 40(3): 351-374.

Berardo, Ramiro, and Andrea Gerlak. 2012. "Conflict and Cooperation along International Rivers: Crafting a Model of Institutional Effectiveness." Global Environmental Politics 12(1): 101-120.

Berardo, Ramiro, and John T. Scholz. 2010. "Self-Organizing Policy Networks: Risk, Partner Selection, and Cooperation in Estuaries." American Journal of Political Science 54(3): 632-649.