Roberto Rodriguez


Thèmes de recherche

Gouvernance métropolitaine ; Instruments de politique ; Politiques de science ; technologie et de l’innovation ; Compétitivité urbaine ; Politiques environnementales et de déplacements ; Policy coherence ; Process tracing


Roberto specializes in urban policy analysis of sustainability transitions, science and technology policies, and policy innovation in cities.


At Sciences Po, he has carried out research on policy capacities for urban sustainability transitions, sustainable mobility policies and low emission zones, the impact of environmental regulations in the buildings and housing sectors, and the implementation of European environmental regulations in cities.

Currently, Roberto is working on developing problem-solving methodologies for policymaking in cities.

In his PhD thesis, directed by Patrick Le Galès, Roberto made a comparative analysis of multi-level governance and policy coordination in Paris and Mexico City. By analyzing air quality and climate change policies, the work found that policy coordination processes are sequential rather than one-shot interactions due to the interplay of (1) institutions that shape governance arrangements by distributing competences and establishing frameworks for action, (2) cognitive frameworks and ideational processes that define references, paradigms, and problems, and (3) the strategic interactions taking place within. Coordination arrays remain steady until changes in the institutional context, either abrupt or incremental, rearrange the interactions by altering the action frameworks, leading to different coordination sequences.

Professional experience

Before joining Sciences Po, Roberto worked as a senior ministerial advisor for Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT) and Director of the System of Young Researchers in Mexico (known as Cátedras CONACYT).

As ministerial advisor, Roberto led Mexico’s efforts to measure national research and development activity following international standards established by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), such as the Frascati Manual and the Oslo Manual. He was also the country’s representative to the OECD’s Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) and the Committee for Scientific and Technology Policy (CSTP). At NESTI, he participated in discussions that led to updating the Frascati Manual.

Selected Publications

Policy and Politics by Design (2024). Forthcoming book chapter.

Innovación y retos institucionales en políticas de CTI. El caso de Cátedras CONACYT (2024). In press at El Colegio Mexiquense.

Pollution de l’air. La mise en œuvre retardée (2023). In Artioli, F. & P. Le Galès (eds.), La métropole parisienne, une anarchie organisée, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po.

Cohérence ou contradiction ? Les effets des réglementations environnementales sur le secteur du bâtiment. Une analyse à deux niveaux (2022). Working paper for the Chaire Villes, Logement, Immobilier at Sciences Po.

From Anticipatory Strategies to Reactive Blame Games in Multi-level Settings. The Role of Structure and Politics in Stability and Policy Change. (2022). Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 802-826

Social Cohesion and Competitiveness. A social exclusion approach. (Cohesión social y competitividad. Una aproximación desde la exclusión social) avec Ana Diaz Aldret (2013) in Cabrero, E. (ed.), Retos de la competitividad urbana, Mexico, CIDE.

Statistical information as a key factor for administrative modernization and democratic consolidation (Información estadística como elemento clave para la modernización gubernamental y la consolidación democrática) avec Enrique Cabrero, (2012), in Realidad, Datos y Espacio, Revista Internacional de Estadística y Geografía, Vol. 3, No. 3.

“México Estatal: Quality of Government and Accountability in Oaxaca”("México Estatal: Calidad de Gobierno y Rendición de Cuentas en Oaxaca"), with Dionisio Zabaleta (eds.)(2011), México: CIDE and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Urban Policy Analysis of Sustainability Transitions in European Cities. Master Governing Ecological Transitions in European Cities. Sciences Po Urban School (2022 & 2023)

Governance and Tools for Urban Sustainability. Master Governing the Large Metropolis. Sciences Po Urban School (2022).

Urban Governance and Environmental Policy at Collége Universitaire de Sciences Po (2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022).

Sociologie de l’action publique (Sociology of Public Action). Master aménagement et développement locales. Université de Paris. (2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022)

TA of the course Policy Studies imparted by Charlotte Halpern (2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021). Collège Universitaire Sciences Po.

TA of the course Introduction to Governance and the Great Issues of European Cities (Introduction À La Gouvernance Et Aux Grands Enjeux Des Villes Européennes). Master Stratégies Territoriales et Urbaines. Sciences Po Urban School.

Air Pollution Policy in France (La politique de la qualité de l’air en France) (2019-2020). 1 Session. École Nationale de Travaux Publics- Université de Lyon.

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