Natural Resources

Argentina has a great wealth of diverse natural resources. With support from scientific, productive, and distributive policies, these resources could become the lever for development. Fostering innovation based on natural resources could help diversify the productive matrix and promote exports of knowledge-intensive products

To take advantage of the full potential of these resources, Argentina needs clear medium- and long-term strategies led by the public sector in coordination with private stakeholders and the science and technology system. Regulation is vital: misuse of natural resources can damage the environment and jeopardize human health. Improving the governance of natural resources is key. 

What does this mean in practice? Making the most of Argentina’s huge diversity in natural resources to empower each region and their local communities by promoting income distribution from a federal perspective. Through this approach, planning, monitoring, and technological development can contribute to this process while promoting care for the environment and climate change mitigation.

Our work seeks to improve the governance of natural resources. How? We are developing policies to add value and regulate the use of resources, care for the environment, distribute benefits, and promote coordination among different stakeholders. 

Natural resources are the driver for innovation that Argentina needs to grow and develop.



Carlos Freytes holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University and an MA in Political Science and Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). He specializes in natural resource governance and public policy evaluation.
Juan O’Farrell is an economist with a PhD in political science from Torcuato Di Tella University and an MA in governance and development from the University of Sussex. He specializes in the political economy of natural resources, technology, and labor.
Martín Obaya is an economist with a PhD in social sciences from Monash University (Australia) and an MA in international relations from the University of Bologna (Italy). He specializes in technological learning processes in the manufacturing industry and natural resource-intensive sectors.
Victoria Arias Mahiques has law degree (UNS), a post-graduate qualification in environmental law (UBA), and a postgraduate diploma in climate change from (UNQ/UNJu).
Victor Delbuono holds a BA in economics and an MSc in energy (UBA) and a postgraduate diploma in mining (UNSAM). He specializes in mining economics and the evaluation of public policies on natural resource governance.
Tomás Allan is a lawyer (UNLP) currently working on his Master's thesis in Political Science at UTDT. His areas of interest include political economy of development, federalism and subnational politics, and regulatory effectiveness studies.
Franco Mendoza holds a BA in International Trade from UNQ and is studying for an MA in Economics from UNLP. His areas of interest are the economics of innovation and environmental sustainability.