pablo a. astudillo-estévez
PhD (c) in Economic Geography, University of Oxford
Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
exploring how economies/places evolve, learn and innovate
Pablo Astudillo-Estevez is a doctoral researcher in Economic Geography and Complex Systems at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow at the MIT Media Lab - Collective Learning Group. His main interests lie in understanding how economies evolve, learn and finding ways to unlock their potential to create knowledge, innovate to achieve long-term sustainable and economic development.
Pablo has more than 12 years of experience in sustainable development and climate change. He was part of the Ecuadorian delegation that negotiated the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Rio + 20 and the Paris Agreement at the COP 21. Winner of the World Bank’s Development Prize - Ecuador and several academic awards.
Pablo has worked and lived in more than 15 countries in 5 continents. He practices archery and enjoys playing the piano and the bass guitar.
economics and space
Economic and place dynamics are deeply intertwined with the political, historical, sociocultural and biophysical characteristics of a location. How an economy evolves or a place develops can not be understood by analyzing these components separately. My interest is to understand these entanglements, how they interact and steer the evolution of a place. My current research focuses on understanding these entanglements to explain how commodity dependency took place in developing countries and finding ways to help them diversified to new productive activities.
"We are being controlled by the random outcome of a complex system"
Jacob Samiel, THE NEW YORKER
The economy is a dynamic system, which is constantly evolving and it is out of equilibrium. It follows non-linear behaviors and it is path-dependent.
Also, the different components of an economy can not be studied separately, economic actors depend of each other and create aggregate emergent behaviors. Firms coordinate actions through production chains and are key for understanding current and future economic specialization of regions. So, I study these productions chains, their network configurations and how their spatial locations can increase the output of a region and foster the creation of new economic activities.
complex systems and networks
CHINA - Productive Structure Evolution
USA - Productive Structure Evolution
Human dynamics data can be turn into information, and information into economic insights. In my research I study hundred-millions of single firms' transactions for understanding production networks, and.... patters of economic diversifications in regions. Also, with the use of state of the art data analysis tools, I attempt to predict economic spaces where new activities (entrepreneurship) can emerge.
The Atlas of Economic Complexity
Hausmann, R., Hidalgo C., et al.
¨Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge
Institute for New Economic Thinking
Further your understanding of the economy and find an open environment for generating and discussing economic thought.
J. Doyne Farmer
Institute for New Economic Thinking Oxford
Director of the Complexity Economics program.
His current research is in economics, including agent-based modeling, financial instability and technological progress.