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Dr. Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo

School of Business Administration and
Environmental economics
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

Raum 66/E24
Tel: +49 541 969 2424
Fax: +49 541 969 2599

My work focuses on analyzing and facilitating processes by which actors, whether individuals or organizations, develop and enforce institutional arrangements for the sustainable management of their shared natural resources.
In particular, I am interested in how different perspectives and preferences are weighed at different levels and stages of the policy process to achieve desired environmental, social, economic, institutional, and political outcomes. Ultimately, this analysis aims to provide information for designing policies, political processes, and polycentric systems to effectively promote and sustain individual and collective for socially desirable outcomes in natural resource management.

My research has drawn on insights from economic history, political economy, political science (especially institutional analysis), resource and environmental economics, and the behavioral sciences (especially behavioral economics and social psychology). I have used a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, such as participant and non-participant observation, semi-structured interviews with key informants, systematic comparative case studies, economic experiments, and regression analysis to investigate and decipher the effects and mechanisms associated with particular policy and process characteristics.

My dissertation ("Participatory Interventions for Pro-Social and Collective Action in Natural Resource Management. An institutional and behavioral approach") is a contribution to this goal. In my dissertation, I reviewed the literature on participatory governance, collective action, and prosocial behavior, and reported, analyzed, and discussed the results of a series of economic experiments in the laboratory and in the field on the potential of participatory methods for pro-social action.

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Research interests

  • Institutional and behavioural analysis of policies, policy processes and governance systems in the context of natural resource governance and management
  • Participatory approaches


  • Qualitative methods (e.g. non-participant observation, semi-structured interviews with key informants, the comparative method)
  • Quantitative methods (e.g. regression analysis)
  • (Economic) experiments

Current Research Projects

Since 01.05.2022 I am dedicated to a new DFG-funded project on "Participatory Visioning for Collective Action in Natural Resource Management.” It is part of a new cluster of research in the field on how participatory approaches to agriculture and natural resource management should best be designed, and what specific methods are most effective. In the new project, I am investigating with Stefanie Engel the participatory visioning (PVB) approach and its implications for the use of natural resources. Field experiments with farmers in Colombia are planned. The duration of the project is two years.

Previous research projects

  • In the context of this PhD research project, S. Engel, AK. Koessler and I researched the effects and mechanisms of policy interventions for environmental and natural resource management.
  • With Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Stefanie Engel, and Ann-Kathrin Koessler. "Prosocial Behavior and Collective Action for Water Management in Peru. A participatory intervention based on economic games and economic experiments." Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Environmental Economics at the University of Osnabrück (Germany). Complementary funding for the implementation of the planned multi-actor workshops was provided primarily by the GIZ Environmental Program in Peru (Pro Ambiente), the MERESE-FIDA project, and the Institute of Nature, Earth and Energy (INTE) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). The Nor Yauyos Cochas Protected Landscape Area Management Committee (RPNYC), L+1, the Steering Committee for the Creation of the Cañete River Water Resources Council, and CELEPSA provided additional logistical support for the workshops we conducted 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 Addressing Biodiversity - Social Conflict in Latin America (ABC-LA) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Previous activities in this context were either supported or funded by IBM, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Institute for Biological Resources 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 political decision-making process in mining in Colombia between the end of the 20th 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 Faculty of Social Sciences of the Universidad de los Andes.
  • Between 2012 and 2013, with Angelika Rettberg: a study of the relationship between gold mining, armed conflict and crime in Colombia in the 21st century. Century. Funded by the Center for Studies on Security and Drugs (CESED), Universidad de los Andes.



Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Stefanie Engel. 2021. Inducing perspective-taking for prosocial behaviour in natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 102513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2021.102513

Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Mathias Janke, Stefanie Engel. 2021. Structuring Communication Effectively—The Causal Effects of Communication Elements on Cooperation in Social Dilemmas. Environmental Resource Econonomics 79, 683 – 712. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-021-00552-2

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, 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. https://dx.doi.org/10.7440/colombiaint93.2018.02

Angelika Rettberg, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo. 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.03.020

Liliana Lizarazo, Philippe de Lombaerde, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Andrea Parra, Angelika Rettberg. 2014. Constitutional Aspects of FTAs: a Colombian Perspective. European Law Journal, Vol. 20, (6), pp. 824 – 847. https://doi.org/10.1111/eulj.12108 

Angelika Rettberg, Philippe de Lombaerde, Liliana Lizarazo, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo. 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. https://doi.org/10.7440/colombiaint81.2014.05

Book chapter

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Stefanie Engel. 2022. The impact of participatory interventions on pro-social behaviour in environmental and natural resource management: evidence from the lab and the field. In A. Bucciol, A. Tavoni, & M. Veronesi (Eds.), Behavioural Economics and the Environment: A Research Companion. Routledge (2023). eBook ISBN: 9781003172741

Angelika Rettberg, Juan Camilo Cardenas, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo2018. 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

Juan Camilo Cardenas, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo. 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

Miguel Urrutia, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo. 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 


Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Yaddi Miranda-Montagut, Juan Camilo Cardenas. 2022. Participatory interventions for collective action and sustainable resource management: linking actors, situations and contexts through the IAD, NAS and SES frameworks. Sustainability Science 18, 79-96https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-022-01215-x

Contributing author in "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).

Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, Yaddi Miranda-Montagut, Sofía Castro, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, 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

Angelika Rettberg, Juan Felipe Ortiz-Riomalo, 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., 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