Pablo Astudillo-Estevez is a doctoral researcher in Economic Geography and Complexity Economics at the University of Oxford and was a visiting fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Collective Learning Group.
His main interests lie in understanding how economies and places evolve, learn and finding ways to unlock their potential to create knowledge and innovate for long-term sustainable and economic development. More specifically, Pablo works towards understanding the processes of economic diversification and growth, industrial development and technology innovation, using big data analytics and network science.
Before pursuing his PhD, Pablo worked on public policy, including work with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Conference for Sustainable Development Rio+20, Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, among others. He was part of the Ecuadorian negotiating team at the UNCSD Rio+20 that led to the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Also, his last participation as part of the Ecuadorian Delegation at the UNFCCC negotiation was COP 21, whose outcome signaled an end to the fossil fuel era (the Paris Agreement). Winner of several awards, including a World Bank prize on development initiatives.
He holds an Environmental Engineering degree from the School of Geology, Mining, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering at the Universidad Central del Ecuador. He also holds an MSc in Environment and Economic Development from the University of Edinburgh (with Distinction) and a PG Diploma (Hons) in Climate Change at the Instituto Latinoamericano de Ciencias. Pablo has worked and/or lived in more than 15 countries in 5 continents. He practices archery and enjoys playing the piano and the bass guitar.