Renzo de la Riva Agüero

Renzo de la Riva Agüero

Graduate Student

Joint Ph.D.

About Renzo de la Riva Agüero

I am a Public Policy Ph.D. candidate at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science. I am currently on the academic job market. My work engages with research on administrative capacity, community-based CSOs, and local collaborative governance in the fields of public administration and comparative politics, focusing on municipalities and environmental sustainability in diverse settings. Particularly, I study how local governance conditions in the Global South may explain performance differences between more and less complex services. Using the case of waste management services in Peru, I examine how municipal administrative capacity and the involvement of locally-embedded CSOs may affect these performance differences. My dissertation uses mixed methods to try to answer this overarching puzzle: Why are some local governments successful at providing simples services (e.g., collecting waste ) while at the same time blatantly failing at providing complex services (e.g., disposing of waste), while other, similarly resourced municipalities can do both? Previously I was a public servant in the Peruvian public sector, a consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and public sector manager at Deloitte Peru. I have a B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a Master of Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.