The OPSA-PUCE is an academic space that promotes the research of topics regarding the environment, as well as its multidisciplinary treatment based on the understanding, diffusion and development of rigorous quantitative and qualitative instruments that are versatile for public and private decision-makers seeking to improve the planning and the systemic management of the use of natural resources.
The School of Economics of the PUCE is a pioneer in Ecuadorian academia in the establishment of an observatory that allows students —from the beginning of their undergraduate training— to become involved in environment-related research and analysis, as well as its interaction with society as a result of the unique natural conditions which are characteristic of this country. Likewise, it offers students the chance to choose subjects specialized in these areas that are integrated into the research and debate processes led by the OPSA-PUCE.
The OPSA-PUCE considers the prioritization of the environment in proposals seeking both short and long-term social and economic transformations in the political national debate to be inescapable. To foster this concern, alliances with various institutions, as well as national and international actors have been built up that permit the members thereof to balance academic components with deliberative and practical —albeit scientifically substantiated— work.
In recent years, the OPSA-PUCE has conducted research in the areas of: environmental policy, ecological economics and climate change. Currently, this observatory mainly focuses on (i) developing a first edition text linking econometrics and the environment and (ii) the design of Ecuadorian environmental databases.