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The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis


Visiting Scholars

The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis combines teaching, research, and related activities where faculty, visiting scholars, and students have opportunities to participate in productive scholarship. Our Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in both our Y673 Seminar and Colloquium Series, but they will also have substantial time to pursue their own program of study and writing. Our primary concern is to ensure that Visiting Scholars are able to bring their research projects closer to publication during their stay in Bloomington.

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Prior Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars for 2013–14

MARTIN DELAROCHE (October 14 – 27, 2013) (vitae) is a graduate in applied economics and international law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and holds a diploma from the Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies (IHEAL). As an exchange student at Columbia University in New York in 2011, he worked on the regulation of foreign acquisition of land in Brazil and Argentina. His research interest is to study the relation between private property rights in land and environmental degradation. He currently works in New Delhi, India, as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) officer at Alstom India & South Asia, where he is in charge of designing and implementing the CSR strategy of the company.

SALVADOR ESPINOSA (July 26 – August 2, 2013), School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, is a scholar and public finance consultant specializing in fiscal decentralization, public financial administration, and regional development. He holds a Masters and a PhD in Public Affairs from Indiana University, as well as a BA in Economics from Universidad Panamericana (Mexico). His current research focuses on the budgetary impact of federal transfers in Mexico. Before starting his doctoral degree, Salvador worked as Budget Analyst for the City of Bloomington, Indiana; as Research Associate for the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute (Indianapolis, Indiana), and Coordinator of Information and Economic Development for the government of the state of Guanajuato (Mexico).

MARCELA DA SILVEIRA FEITAL (September 1 – November 1, 2013) (vitae) is a social sciences graduate with emphasis on political science at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IFCH), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Marcela is interested in the fields of environmental sociology, social conflicts, sustainability, and international relations. She has contributed to research in these areas of study since 2009 at the Center for Environmental Studies and Research (NEPAM/UNICAMP). This trend is directly related to environmental sociology with interests facing social conflicts related to different uses of natural resources and large enterprises that are part of the urban growth and that are possible generators of environmental impacts in most vulnerable areas to environmental changes.

RANJAN GHOSH (August 24 – December 18, 2013) is a PhD candidate at the Division of Resource Economics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He received his MSc in Economics from The Madras School of Economics, Chennai, in 2007 and has previously worked with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. His prime research interests lie in institutional economics, regulation and economic methodology. His doctoral thesis studies the problems of electricity sector deregulation in India using transaction costs economics. It shows that the failure to achieve efficient competitive electricity markets is because of the high transaction costs generated due to the low credibility of independent regulation. During his stay at the Ostrom Workshop, he will explore the effects of social information on credible commitments using the IAD framework, which asserts that institutions that are able to generate quality information and leads to “change of rules over time in light of performance” will be more successful than “grand designs.”

PETER HEYWOOD (February 1 – May 8, 2014) is Honorary Professor of International Health at the University of Sydney, Australia. With training in epidemiology, policy analysis, economics, and nutrition, he has a strong background and experience in health policy and health sector reform in low-income countries with particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Before retiring in 2006, he was a Lead Health Sector Specialist with the World Bank, leading that institution’s dialogue in the health sector and developing and supervising large portfolios of health sector investments in the public and private sectors in India (1998–2004) and Indonesia (2004–2006). Before joining the World Bank in 1994, Peter was Lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney (1974–77); Deputy Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (1977–88); and Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Nutrition Program at the University of Queensland (1988–94). Peter’s recent research activities include (1) an assessment of the effect of decentralization of the health sector in Indonesia on health service delivery, health sector funding and health outcomes funded by the Ford Foundation; (2) a systematic review of the effect of public and private funding of ambulatory care in low-income countries on quality of care; and (3) an institutional assessment of the HIV/AIDS control program in Indonesia.

EVON HOLLADAY (August 23 – December 18, 2013) (vitae) currently serves as a vice president of enterprise intelligence for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the third largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States. She has received a leadership scholarship. The scholarship is a six-month sabbatical awarded to a CHI executive for advanced study, research, writing, or community service. At the Ostrom Workshop, Holladay plans to research and write a report examining how health care as a commons, or community, can inform and guide the leadership of Catholic health care ministries regarding future governance models. Holladay will explore how a more collaborative form of governance will help bridge the gap between the US health care system’s fragmented fee-for-service structure and the rapidly evolving focus on accountable care and population health management. This study will explore how a more collaborative form of governance “Healthcare as a Commons” might be applied to understand high value (nested) variables that Catholic Healthcare leaders might apply in local and regional settings as they evolve from the “Tragedy of the Commons” of the fee-for-service world to a Healthcare Commons in the form of Accountable Care focused on managing population health.

IRENE INIESTA ARANDIA (January 10 – May 1, 2014) is a PhD candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Her work focuses on the interdisciplinary field of Sustainability Sciences with special emphasis on social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and governance. She has conducted research in irrigation systems of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in the semi-arid areas of Spain, focusing on understanding which are the main drivers of change currently affecting these systems and how building on local ecological knowledge and local institutions and organizations can contribute to cope with them. She is also interested and has conducted research in emerging urban green commons, especially in urban community gardens in Madrid. During her stay at the Ostrom Workshop, she wants to focus on the application of the SES framework to both case studies.

RAIMUNDO NONATO JUNIOR (September 25 – October 25, 2013) (vitae) is a PhD candidate at the Université Sorbone Nouvelle in the Institut des Hautes Études d’Amérique Latine, Department of Geography, in Paris. Raimundo’s research emphasis is on the relations between Brazil and France about how these countries use natural and structural resources in their common boundary in Amazonia. Raimundo’s efforts at the Ostrom Workshop are focused on understanding the IAD model and analyzing the institutional relations in the field.

JESPER LARSSON (June 16 – August 15, 2014) is an assistant professor in agrarian history at the Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala campus. His research interest is about the governance of common-pool resources in northern Scandinavia with a particular focus on the early modern period (1500–1800). As a visiting scholar, he will work on a paper about conflict-resolution mechanisms and the development of the local courts as an arena for solving collective-action problems within Scandinavian law, sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. or

EMILIA MELVILLE (February 3–21, 2014) is an EngD candidate at the University of Surrey with Buro Happold, based in Bath, in the UK. She holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge. Emilia is interested in the potential to apply the IAD and SES frameworks to urban neighborhood electricity management, and is currently developing an action research methodology for this. She has a background as a sustainability consultant in Buro Happold, a multidisciplinary international engineering consultancy, and in social enterprise as a founding director of the Bristol Energy Cooperative.

KEITH TAYLOR (August 17, 2012 – May 31, 2014) has a PhD in Human and Community Development, and is interested in better understanding the co-operative business model. Specifically, Keith's interests pertain to governance, institutional design, market fit, and the externalized impact upon the host community (questions of development and experiential learning). Keith's dissertation explored the effect that wind energy ownership models have on local-level communities, and how communities might harness such projects for enhancing development outcomes. Keith's efforts at the Ostrom Workshop are focused on plying Bloomington School thinking toward the creation of a coordinated research agenda on the US co-operative sector.

ANDREAS THIEL (August 3 – December 28, 2013) is temporary professor of environmental governance at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. His research interests are the social sciences and institutional economics of social-ecological systems. His own substantive work focuses, among others, on recent transformations of water and marine governance in Europe. Further, he is involved in work on local climate change adaptation in Europe and Ethiopia and on land use change in Ethiopia. Throughout his stay at the Ostrom Workshop, he intends to prepare new research on above-named subjects focusing on a set of methodological and conceptual issues involved.

BERNARD TRUJILLO (August 24 – December 18, 2013) is professor of law, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. He researches and teaches in the areas of Immigration Law, Mexican Migration to the United States, Bankruptcy, Corporate Finance, and Quantitative Analysis of Legal Systems. Trujillo is from Trinidad, Colorado, and has been teaching law since 1996. Trujillo practiced law in Washington, DC, with the firm of Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering (now Wilmer Hale). He did his undergraduate work at Princeton University (graduating magna cum laude), earned his law degree at Yale Law School (articles editor of the Yale Law Journal), and clerked for Hon. Walter K. Stapleton of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is interested in exploring the legal and social recognition of family support and family unification as it pertains to Mexican labor migration to the United States.

IDIL TUNCER-KILAVUZ (July 12 – September 20, 2013) is assistant professor of comparative politics in the Department of Political Science, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey. She got her PhD from Indiana University in 2007. She has articles published in journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, and Central Asian Survey. Her research interests include identity, conflict, violent conflict, nationalism, ethnicity, regime changes, democratization, and social movements. Currently, she is completing her book, Power Perceptions, Networks and Violent Conflict: A Comparison of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and working on another comparative project on why some civil war negotiations are successful and others are not. Her book is on why civil war occurs, and describes the factors that produce it. In search for the causes of civil war, her research employs a comparative approach, contrasting a country that experienced civil war (Tajikistan) with a similar one that did not (Uzbekistan). Her findings, based on nine months of fieldwork in both countries, highlight the importance of elites’ power perceptions, which she shows have their origins in the interaction of structural-, process-, and network-related variables. To continue her research on civil wars, now she would like to focus on the duration and successful ending of civil wars. Her new research question is why some civil war negotiations are successful in terms of ending the war and violence, while others are not. What are the similarities and differences of successful cases, and what are the factors that differentiate them from the unsuccessful ones? During her stay at the Ostrom Workshop, she will engage the theoretical literature on the duration and end of civil wars more deeply and increase her knowledge about civil war cases.

MARIA BEATRICE VANNI (March 1 – April 12, 2014) (vitae) is a PhD candidate in Administrative Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano. She holds a BA in Cultural Heritage-Archaeology, and a MA in Law from the same institution. Her graduate dissertation in Administrative Law dealt with museum goods, deaccessioning, and limits to the circulation of private property. Beatrice's current research focuses on the commons, property and its history, property systems, and property protection: her doctoral thesis deals with the analysis of phenomena of communal ownership in a legal comparative and historical perspective, with the reception of the scholarship on the commons in the Italian legal culture and legislation, and with the possible reframing of a reform meant to introduce the commons among the Italian legal categories of goods. During her stay at the Ostrom Workshop, she intends to carry out research on these subjects and to become more acquainted with the Bloomington School theories and methods.