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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.
ENR 3200 - Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
ENR 5451 - Water Policy and Governance
Weible, Christopher M., Tanya Heikkila, Jill Yordy, Hongtao Yi, Ramiro Berardo, Jennifer Kagan, and Catherine Chen. 2020. “Portraying the Structure and Evolution of Polycentricity via Policymaking Venues.” International Journal of the Commons 14(1):680–691. DOI: 10.5334/ijc.10215.
Berardo, Ramiro, Federico Holm, Tanya Heikkila, Jennifer Kagan, Catherine Chen, Christopher Weible, Jill Jordy, and Hongtao Yi. 2020. ‘Hydraulic fracturing and political conflict: News media coverage of topicsand themes across nine states.” Energy Research & Social Science 70 (December). DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101660.4.
Holm, Federico, and Ramiro Berardo. 2020. “Coalitional Architecture of Climate Change Litigation Networks in the U.S.” Review of Policy Research 37(6):797-822. DOI: 10.1111/ropr.124023.
Berardo, Ramiro, Manuel Fischer, and Matt Hamilton. 2020. “Collaborative governance and the challenges of network-based research.” American Review of Public Administration 50(8) 898–913. DOI: 10.1177/0275074020927792.2.
Wei, Cynthia A., Michael L. Deaton, Teresa Shume, Ramiro Berardo and William B. Burnside. 2020.“A framework for teaching socio-environmental problem-solving.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 10(4): 467–477. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-020-00603-y.1.
Lubell, Mark, Jack Mewhirter, Ramiro Berardo, and John Scholz. 2020. “The Origins of Conflict in Polycentric Governance Systems.” Public Administration Review 80(2): 222-233. DOI: 10.1111/puar.13159.
Berardo, Ramiro, and Mark Lubell. 2019. “The Ecology of Games as a Theory of Polycentricity: Recent Advances and Future Challenges.” Policy Studies Journal 47(1):6-26. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12313
Mewhirter, Jack, and Ramiro Berardo. 2019. “The Impact of Forum Interdependence and Network Structure on Actor Performance in Complex Governance Systems.” Policy Studies Journal 47(1):159-177. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12302
Costie, Daniel, Federico Holm, and Ramiro Berardo. 2018. “Hydraulic Fracturing, Coalition Activity and Shock: Assessing the Potential for Coalition-based Collective Action in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Formation.” The Extractive Industries and Society 5(4): 499-507.
Berardo, Ramiro, and Federico Holm. 2018. “The participation of Core Stakeholders in the Design of, and Challenges to, the U.S. Clean Power Plan.” Climate Policy 18(9):1152-1164. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2018.1478792
Mewhirter, Jack, Mark Lubell, and Ramiro Berardo. 2018. “Institutional externalities and actor performance in polycentric governance systems.” Environmental Policy and Governance 28(4):295-307. DOI: 10.1002/eet.1816
Bruskotter, Jeremy T., John A. Vucetich, Kristina M. Slagle, Ramiro Berardo, Ajay S. Singh, and Robyn S. Wilson. 2018. “Support for the U.S. Endangered Species Act over time and space: Controversial species do not weaken public support for protective legislation.” Conservation Letters 11(6). DOI: 10.1111/conl.12595
Heikkila, Tanya, Ramiro Berardo, Christopher Weible, and Hongtao Yi. 2018. ‘A Comparative View of Advocacy Coalitions: Exploring Shale Development Politics in the United States, Argentina, and China.” Journal of Comparative Public Policy: Research and Practice DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2017.1405551.
Mewhirter, Jack, Eric Coleman, and Ramiro Berardo. 2017. “Participation and Political Influence in Complex Governance Systems.” Policy Studies Journal DOI:10.1111/psj.12227.
Lubell, Mark, Jack Mewhirter, Ramiro Berardo, and John T. Scholz. 2017. “Transaction Costs and the Perceived Effectiveness of Complex Institutional Systems.” Public Administration Review 77(5): 668-680. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12622.
Berardo, Ramiro, Francesca Formica, Jeffrey Reutter, and Ajay Singh. 2017. “Impact of Land Use Activities in the Maumee River Watershed on Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie.” Case Studies in the Environment. June:1-8. DOI: 10.1525/cse.2017.sc.450561
Berardo, Ramiro, and Mark Lubell. 2016. “Understanding What Shapes a Polycentric Governance System.” Public Administration Review 76(5): 738-751. DOI:10.1111/puar.12532.
Alcaniz, Isabella, and Ramiro Berardo. 2016. “Cooperation in the management of transboundary waters: Evidence from the La Plata basin.” Water Policy 18: 1120-1138. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2016.232.
Berardo, Ramiro, Isabella Alcaniz, and Lorien Jasny. 2017. “Networks and the Politics of the Environment.” In Nicoll Victor, Jennifer, Mark Lubell, and Alexander H. Montgomery (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190228217.013.26.
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.