Ricardo V. Santes-Alvarez

Ricardo V. Santes-Alvarez
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte · Departamento de Estudios Urbanos y del Medio Ambiente

PhD, Doctor Europeus, Universidad Carlos III-Madrid
My research interests revolve around the socio-environmental problems of Mexico from a governance perspective.

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Introduction
Over time, I have been working in research and teaching. Also in the bureaucracy, federal and local. My research interests revolve around the socio-environmental problems of Mexico from a governance perspective; particularly, on public policy and political issues of water resources, protected natural areas, climate change, hazardous waste, and the role of the public sector in public-private partnership projects. I am currently conducting research on PPPs in the water & sanitation sector.
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January 1994 - January 2024
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Throughout time I ‘been working in research and teaching. I also have served the public ‎sector, federal and local. My research interests spin around environmental and social ‎issues, particularly on policies and politics of water resources, protected natural areas, ‎climate change, hazardous waste, and public-private partnership.‎
Education
April 2008 - December 2008
University Carlos III de Madrid
Field of study
  • Politics, Society & Environment

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Publications (44)
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In Mexico, the working of government institutions lags far behind the aims of good governance and sustainable development. Institutions deviate from those goals when they circumvent their duties to general wellbeing to favour powerful interest groups. The issue is even more of a concern in lands of high economic value, where the competition for wat...
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For more than 100 years, Islas Marias, a 600,000 ha archipelago located in the Mexican ‎Pacific Ocean, hosted a federal detention centre that was acknowledged as one of the ‎most infamous jails devised to punish illegal or anti-regime conduct. At the same time, the ‎natural beauties and biodiversity of the area have been acknowledged by the scienti...
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Journal: REVISTA ANDINA DE ESTUDIOS POLITICOS. ------- ABSTRACT‎ The Mexican State fails to the fight against corruption. With regard to investment ‎projects, it has made no progress in hampering illicit transactions between political and ‎economic elites; rather, it has favoured such contacts hence wider sectors of society ‎cannot reach the benefi...
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The feasibility of co-responsible governance as an option to achieve better stages of development is examined in the context of a local government and a community, in north-western Mexico. For this, a qualitative analysis of a project for the strengthening of social cohesion, promoted by members of four colonies in response to a contest launched by...
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This chapter makes a theoretical and conceptual approach to the governance of water resource in the rural-urban neighborhoods of the San Quintín Valley, Baja California, MEXICO, during the 2010-2016 period. The interpretation and meaning of social organizations with regard to water usage are determined.
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ABSTRACT The first edition of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which inaugurated in ‎January 1994, was accompanied by good news about environmental matters. It committed ‎the member countries to make progress in policies to improve the region’s environment. One ‎of the aspects that by those times put the negotiation at risk was the...
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Typified by Mediterranean climate amid arid lands, Valle de Guadalupe, in the northern state of Baja California, México, is one of the country’s most important wine producing areas. However, along with the physical conditions the valley shows inefficient water governance which has brought an incipient water-scarcity problem that affects directly th...
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Los tiempos actuales se significan por cambios sumamente rápidos y dramá- ticos en la sociedad y la naturaleza. La intrincada red de pequeños y grandes problemas de orden económico, pero también político, demográfico, ecológico e ideológico que vive el planeta -aparentemente tan separados todos ellos tanto en tiempo como en espacio-, ha venido conf...
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‎“Environmental governance initiatives in hydrographical basins”. Review of the book ‎Bases for the construction of a governance model. The basin of the Nautla river (2015). ‎Ruelas-Monjardín, Laura & Ana C. Travieso-Bello (coord.), 221 pp., ISBN 978-607-96800-‎‎0-8.‎ Mexico has a great diversity of natural systems and socioeconomic activities, who...
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Hi-tech responses, specifically construction of desalination facilities, have been the solution to saline intrusion due to aquifer overexploitation from agricultural usage in San Quintin Valley, northern state, Baja California, Mexico. Water produced by desalination, combined with greenhouses, has allowed for continuous production of the most valua...
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La gobernación ambiental es un tipo particular de gobernación en el cual los asuntos ambientales adquieren relevancia para la formulación de políticas públicas. La buena gobernación ambiental introduce una perspectiva de corresponsabilidad entre gobernante y gobernado, así como un compromiso para cuidar el ambiente. Este artículo examina la goberna...
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Region San Quintin (RSQ), in the state of Baja California, has suffered environmental damage for a long time. Main causes of such harm have been deficient administrative and management schemes of a vital resource: water. Changes of land use, which appear as a result of expanded agricultural frontier and urban sprawl, add to the problem. The issue h...
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On the U.S.-Mexico Border, a number of initiatives to solve problems have shown deceptive outcomes, mainly due to socio-political characteristics, as well as public administration practices. They put governability in the region at the test. The panorama in the border suggests the need of an alternative design holding co-responsibility between gover...
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Los proyectos productivos motivan controversias entre intereses económicos y ambientales. En aras de evitar conflictos, tales iniciativas deben plantear vías para conciliar esos intereses. En la relación México-Estados Unidos, el comercio se impulsa bajo el supuesto que fortalece economías y contribuye a mejorar el ecosistema. Pero hay evidencia co...
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En este artículo se revisa la gobernación del cambio climático de México y las perspectivas de realizar reformas en espacios sub-nacionales. Siguiendo la orientación del ámbito externo, el gobierno federal mexicano ha asumido el reto de enfrentar la variación del clima con la convicción de, por un lado, liderar el mundo en desarrollo y, por otro, p...
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This article reviews the governance of climate change in Mexico, and the prospects for reforms at sub-national level. Following international orientation, the federal government has taken on the challenge of dealing with climate variability, in the belief that can, on the one hand, guide the developing world; and on the other, promote reforms to th...
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The Nautla river watershed, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, shows symptoms of environmental damage. The issues involved are so complex that surpass the capabilities of public administration in dealing with them; thus, the aims of environmental and social sustainability seem unreachable. Clearly, the environmental conundrum also enmeshes social co...
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We discuss the governance of water in the scheme of public-private participation (PPP). The complexity and specificity of water resources compels to analysing the institutional and socio-political conditions before implementing PPP, since this arrangement catalyzes the risk of favouring economic interests at the expense of social benefit. The cha-l...
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The centralised style in the working of Mexico’s political and institutional structures signifies an erroneous approach to the resolution of climate change (CC). Subnational governments share responsibilities for climate alterations. This paper addresses the politics of CC in Mexico, focusing on three aspects: the broad national scenario, the insti...
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This article analyzes the institutional and physical-biological components related to Climate Change in Baja California, Mexico. It makes an assessment of the work of the institutions responsible for attending such problem as well as the measures for the conservation of natural resources. A fine-resolution spatial analysis of climatologic variables...
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This article studies the sociopolitical and environmental problems associated with the likely construction of a port at Punta Colonet in Baja California State. Announced as the federal government’s main infrastructure project, it overlooks earlier commitments to conserving local resources and interests. The confrontation that has emerged between “d...
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This article studies the sociopolitical and environmental problems associated with the likely construction of a port at Punta Colonet in Baja California State. Announced as the federal government's main infrastructure project, it overlooks earlier commitments to conserving local resources and interests. The confrontation that has emerged between "d...
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Pombo, Alberto & Ricardo V. Santes-Álvarez. "An Alternative to the Governance of Water Services in Mexico: The Model of the New Water Culture". Social Sciences Research Journal, 1(1): 1-15 (2012). eISSN 2147-5237. https://dergipark.org.tr/ssrj The conventional image of governance is yielding to novel ways of exercising power. Initially The New Publ...
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Perception of natural protected areas is twofold: as regions for local development opportunity or as regions that restrain the local population from access to better well-being. We address these contrasting positions by analyzing the change in development between the communities located inside the natural protected areas and those located outside....
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La problemática ambiental y urbana de la región fronteriza entre México y Estados Unidos ha estado determinada por las políticas de desarrollo de ambas naciones. En los últimos 25 años la dinámica transfronteriza ha provocado una mayor presión social y económica sobre el ambiente natural, agravando los problemas de contaminación del agua, aire, sue...
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Environmental governance (EG) is a particular kind of governance in which ‎environmental issues acquire relevance in public policy. The idea of “good ‎environmental governance” implies a perspective of co-responsibility, as well as a ‎commitment to protect the environment on the part of government and society. This ‎article examines the question of...
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La contaminación del aire en Paso del Norte es un asunto preocupante. Algunos ciudadanos y organismos no gubernamentales compelen a los gobiernos de México y Estados Unidos a buscar soluciones a este problema binacional. El Acuerdo de La Paz y las instituciones que nacieron junto con el Tratado de Libre Comercio representan esfuerzos para confronta...
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Mexico's environmental problems have attracted the government's attention for some time; however, the environment entered the agenda under the limited conceptions of urban pollution, health and hygiene, mismanagement of agrochemicals, among others. This chapter sketches reflections on the ideas of the 'environment' and its administration; also, on...
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Following the appearance of the Brundtland Report in 1987, and then with the holding of the Summit in Rio in 1992, it emerged a renewed "environmental concern". However, in this surge the economic, political and ideological initiatives are disguised of environmental purposes. In such a way, that which is being discussed —the environment— has been s...
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El tema ambiental ha adquirido una relevancia inusitada en los últimos años. A raíz de la aparición del Informe Brundtland en 1987, y después, con la celebración dela Cumbrede Río, en 1992, los gobiernos del mundo y diversos sectores de la sociedad empezaron a manifestar una “renovada preocupación por el ambiente” (que había quedado soterrada desde...
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In this article, the authors present an evaluation of the Acanthina punctulata population in a rocky shore area, at the vicinity of Ensenada, B.C., Mexico, during the spring of 1982. By using Greig-Smith’s method of block’s ANOVA system, they found that Acanthina requires minimal sampling area of foursquare meters. In addition, the Lincoln-Peterson...

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