Episode 2.3: Theory and Method in Global Environmental Politics

In this episode, Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, Associate Professor with the Methods Lab at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Sede Mexico, helps us get a grasp of the differences between theories and methods when conducting research in Global Environmental Politics. Dr. Pacheco-Vega also shares his thoughts on theories of common pool resources, and explains the difference between commons that have intuitive value, and those that only have value once re-established (aka the 'negative commons').


Peter Andrée
Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University


Ryan M. Katz-Rosene
Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa


Raul Pacheco-Vega
Associate Professor, Methods Lab, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Mexico

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Raul Pacheco-Vega

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is an Associate Professor in the Methods Lab of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO) Sede Mexico. He is a specialist in comparative public policy and focuses on North American environmental politics, primarily sanitation and water governance, solid waste management, neoinstitutional theory, transnational environmental social movements and experimental methods in public policy. Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s current research programme focuses on the spatial, political and human dimensions of public service delivery from a comparative perspective. He has been Editor for the Americas of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (JESS), Assistant Editor for Policy Design and Practice. He also sits on the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Water International, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Regions and Cohesion, International Studies Review, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, and Politics, Groups & Identities. He sat on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of ISA in 2013-2015, and chaired the ESS Sprout Committee in 2016.