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Tomás Olivier

(Pronouns: He, Him)

Contact Information:


426 Eggers Hall

Office Hours:

Monday 10:30am - 12:30pm

Staff Support:

Davor Mondom


Tomás Olivier

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Design and Governance


  • 2024 Spring
    • PAI 305 Policy Implementation
    • PSC 300 Selected Topics - Policy Implementation
  • 2023 Fall
    • PAI 721 Introduction to Statistics

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona, 2017


Tomás Olivier is an assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. He researches the governance of natural resources in the United States and Argentina.

Olivier studies how governments, users and organizations interact and create formal arrangements to sustainably manage water resources. One of his long-standing projects is on the governance of the New York City watersheds, the largest unfiltered drinking water system in the U.S.  

After earning a bachelor's degree in his home country of Argentina, Olivier received a Ph.D. in government and public policy from the University of Arizona in 2017. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, he completed a postdoc at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and worked as an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University for three years.

Areas of Expertise

Water policy, environmental policy, policy design, policy process

Research Interests

Environmental policy, policy design, water governance, institutional analysis

Selected Publications

Presentations and Events

Olivier, T., Schlager, E., 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, "What Shapes Micro-Level Policy Change? Tracking and Analyzing the Complexity of Policy Changes over Time" (November 9, 2023 - November 11, 2023)

Olivier, T., Vallury, S., 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, "Institutional Fit and Policy Design in Water Governance: Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts" (November 9, 2023 - November 9, 2023)

Olivier, T., Schlager, E., 119th Annual Conference, American Political Science Association, "Micro-level policy change in an intergovernmental governing arrangement" (August 31, 2023 - September 3, 2023)

Olivier, T., Schlager, E., 118th Annual Conference, American Political Science Association, "Details tell the story: policy de sign and policy change in an intergovernmental governing arrangement" (September 15, 2022 - September 18, 2022)

Second Annual Institutional Grammar Research Initiative Conference, "Emerging Directions in Institutional Grammar Research" (June 20, 2022 - June 22, 2022)

Research and Policy Seminar Series, Department of Public Administration University of Illinois, "Institutions as networks: Applications and challenges in the study of water presentations governance" (March 25, 2022)

Park, S., Olivier, T., Pouladi, P., Yousefi, P., Garcia, M. E., Yu, D. J., American Geophysical Union Fall Conference, "Challenges and opportunities in coding the governance of water resource systems: problems, procedures, and potential solutions based on the Lake Mendocino reservoir, Califor nia" (December 13, 2021 - December 17, 2021)

Annual Faculty Showcase, College of Arts & Letters Florida Atlantic University, "Water Governance Dynamics in the Patagonian Steppe" (December 3, 2021)

Olivier, T., Bell, E., Asorey, M. I., Rodas-Gaiter, A., American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, "Press, pulse, and public perceptions: how well does media attention to water crises signal shifts in agenda and response across local governments?" (April 9, 2021 - April 15, 2021)

Hanlon, J., Olivier, T., Western Political Science Association Annual Conference, "Issue framing across polit ical subcultures: Evidence from water bottling debates in California and Florida" (April 1, 2021 - April 3, 2021)

Bell, E., Olivier, T., Southern Po litical Science Association’s Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting, "The right tool for the job: assessing variations in the design of collaborative strategies" (January 6, 2021 - January 9, 2021)

Olivier, T., Schlager, E., Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) Seminar (online), "Institutional design using the Institutional Grammar & social network analysis" (December 4, 2020)

FAU - Brazil Summit (online), Florida Atlantic University, "Water Governance in South America" (November 19, 2020)

Olivier, T., Herzog, L., Schlager, E., Ingold, K., 14th General Conference, Eu ropean Consortium for Political Research, "Comparing the institutional design of polycentric systems for protecting water quality: an application of the grammar of institutions to the Ruhr River and the New York City Watersheds" (August 24, 2020 - August 28, 2020)

Trimble, M., Jacobi, P., Jobbagy, E., Pascual, M., Mazzeo, N., Olivier, T., Zurbriggen, C., Tadeu, N. D., Giordano, G., Donnell, L. M., Salvadores, F., Sallenave, S., Laura, R., Alonso, L., Torres, P., X Congreso de la Red Latinoamericana de Ciencias Ambien tales, "Gobernanza del Agua en America del Sur: Estudios de caso en Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay" (March 6, 2020 - March 10, 2020)

Olivier, T., Berardo, R., 41st Annual Fall Research Conference, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, "Birds of a feather fight to gether: forum involvement in a developing Ecology of Policy Games" (November 7, 2019 - November 9, 2019)