PATRICIO VALDIVIESO (Ph.D., Katholische Universitaet Eichstaett-Ingoldstadt, 1995). His research focuses primarily on environmental governance, local governments, and social capital in developing countries and has been published in some 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and books. His work is supported by grants from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development of Chile (FONDECYT), Institute for Research in Market Imperfections and Public Policy (MIPP), as well as German Academic Exchange Service, Alexander von Humboldt, Carolina, and Heiwa Nakajima Fundation. In 2008, he was awarded the Georg Forster Research Fellowship in Social Sciences (Alexander von Humboldt Fundation) by Freie Universitaet Berlin in Germanyy. He currently serves as Professor (full) at the Universidad de los Lagos in Chile.