Renzo de la Riva Agüero

Assistant Professor (as of August 23, 2022)

School of Public Policy


B.A., Political Science, St. Olaf College, 2005
M.P.P., McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, 2009
Ph.D., Public Policy, Indiana University – Bloomington, May 2022 (expected)

Teaching & Research Interests

Local administrative capacity
Community-based civil society organizations (CSO)
Collaborative governance
Environmental sustainability
Service delivery performance
Public administration in developing countries
Political economy of development
Mixed-methods research
Fieldwork research

Renzo de la Riva Agüero

Renzo will be joining the University of Connecticut School of Public Policy in Fall 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Public Management. He is a Public Policy Ph.D. candidate at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University – Bloomington. His work engages with research on local administrative capacity, community-based CSOs, collaborative governance, and environmental sustainability. His public administration and management research assesses how varying local governance conditions in the Global South may explain performance differences between more and less complex services. Using statistical analysis and intensive qualitative fieldwork related to waste management services in Peru, he examines how service-specific municipal administrative capacity, the involvement of locally-embedded CSOs, and the contours of cogovernance may affect these performance differences. Renzo has published his work in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and State and Local Government Review. He is also the recipient of the NASPAA 2021 Staats Emerging Scholars Award. Previously, he 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. He has 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.

Renzo de la Riva Agüero
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CampusHartford Campus
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