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

data sciences

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.  

reports

 

working papers

Astudillo, P. (2017). Evolution of the Ecuadorian economy: a complexity approach. University of Oxford. [Working Paper] 

Astudillo, P. (2017). Path dependence, reinforcement mechanisms and economic complexity in commodity exporting countries. University of Oxford. [Working Paper] 

Astudillo, P., Station, S. (2017). Sumak Kawsay of Buen Vivir, an alternative epistemology for understanding development. The University of Edinburgh. [Working Paper] 

Astudillo, P. (2013). The Sumak Kawsay: a new environment and development paradigm. The University of Edinburgh. [Dissertation]    DOWNLOAD

Astudillo, P. (2011). “Open Source” structures and citizen participation for national and international climate policy. Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciencias. Lima. [Dissertation] [Spanish]     DOWNLOAD

Astudillo, P. (2009). Assessing the Ecological Footprint, a methodological proposal for Bayer A.G. in Ecuador. Universidad Central del Ecuador. [Dissertation] [Spanish]    DOWNLOAD

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Caldecott, B., Dericks, G., Astudillo, P., Pfeiffer, A. (2017). Stranded Assets: The transition to a low carbon economy. Emerging Risk Report. Lloyd's. London   DOWNLOAD

Aguinaga, G., Astudillo, P., Cardenas, S., Delgado, I., Garces, D., Guerrero, C., Hernandez, S., Merizalde, M., Pilco, D., Riofrio, L., Torres, C., Velasco, P., Vergara, A., Yepez, A. (2011). Informe GEO Juvenil Ecuador. UNEP. Quito. [Spanish]     DOWNLOAD

Astudillo, P. (2011). [National and International Governance Context, RECUADROS]. In Garzon, A. (ed). REDD+ in Ecuador: An opportunity to mitigate climate change. Ministry of Environment Ecuador. Quito. [Spanish]    DOWNLOAD

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resources

2014

The Atlas of Economic Complexity

Hausmann, R., Hidalgo C., et al. 

​¨Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge

Atlas of Economic Complexity (2014)

​Hausmann, R., Hidalgo C., et al. 

​¨Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge.

https://atlas.media.mit.edu/static/pdf/atlas/AtlasOfEconomicComplexity.pdf

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Institute for New Economic Thinking

Further your understanding of the economy and find an open environment for generating and discussing economic thought.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Further your understanding of the economy and find an open environment for generating and discussing economic thought.

https://www.ineteconomics.org/

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People

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.

Atlas of Economic Complexity (2014)

​Hausmann, R., Hidalgo C., et al. 

​¨Economic Complexity," a measure of a society's productive knowledge.

https://atlas.media.mit.edu/static/pdf/atlas/AtlasOfEconomicComplexity.pdf

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contacts

pablo.astudillo [ at ] ouce.ox.ac.uk

UK +44 7899 102989

USA +1 617 913 5816

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