Claudia Rodriguez-Solórzano

Claudia Rodriguez SolorzanoAcademic year: 2012
crsolorzano[at]me [dot] com

Claudia Rodriguez-Solórzano is a comparative social scientist of human-environment interactions, with a background in environmental economics, policy and politics.

Her research focuses on the relationship between institutions, governance and farmers’ decisions related to adaptation to climate variability and change, conservation of natural resources and land use change. She is also interested conservation and climate change mitigation instruments, such as payments for environmental services, forest products certification, and REDD+. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork in Mexico and Guatemala, and briefly in Costa Rica. Additionally, she has conducted research in seventeen countries throughout the Americas through in depth interviews with protected area managers.

She completed her PhD in Natural Resources and Environment at University of Michigan, her Masters of Public Policy at University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree in economics at the Mexican Autonomous Technological Institute (ITAM). She has been visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and visiting fellow at the Center for US-Mexico studies at University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is affiliated to ACT at Indiana University and to the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College as a visiting scholar. She has taught classes on human dimensions of environmental change in Latin America at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, at University of California, San Diego. Her teaching combines economic, institutional and political dimensions to provide students a wide perspective of causes and potential solutions to environmental problems. Her research has been funded by NSF, Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT), Inter-American Development Bank, University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Indiana University.