Dr. Álvaro Hernán Montoya Ramírez

Álvaro has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and is specialized in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. In addition, his professional career is focused on climate change, knowledge management, corporate social responsibility and the third sector, both from consulting, as well as in public administration, university teaching and research, and international development cooperation .

Education

  • PhD. in Environmental Sciences: Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems. University of Alcala.
  • Master in Water Resources, University of Los Andes.
  • Master in General and Applied Hydrology. Centre for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX).
  • Specialization on Management of Environment and Natural Resources. University of Alcalá National) – Institute of Public Administration (INAP).
  • Job Training on Business Environmental Management. Comunidad de Madrid.
  • Agricultural Engineer.  National University of Colombia - University of Valle.

Areas of Interest 

  • International Cooperation and Sustainable Development.
  • Business Environmental Management and CSR.
  • Water, Environment and Climate Change.

Biography

I am an Agricultural Engineer, with two MSc on Water Resources, a Specialization on Management of Environment and Natural Resources and Environment and a PhD on Environmental Sciences: Water Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems.

My professional experience relates to the area of water resources and environmental management and, and more recently climate change, knowledge management, corporate social responsibility and the third sector.  This experience developed through research and teaching at a University level, as well as in the international cooperation for development, public administration and consultancy field.

My doctoral research (Summa Cum Laude) dealt with access to water as a strategy to reduce poverty in rural areas, considering several likely climate change scenarios. The Millennium Development Goals (precursors to the Sustainable Development Goals) inspired the conceptual framework for this study, which also had a focus on Gender equality and Human Rights.

Also about my research work, for example,  I see relevant my intervention in the TRAGUA Project, which was led by IMDEA-Water and characterized by the coordination among multiple institutions and experts around a shared initiative working.

I would also highlight my role as volunteer in Amnesty International in defense of Human Rights, including topics such as the right to a healthy environment or climate refugees, within the framework of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Overall, my professional profile integrates a technical background as an engineer, and a socio-economic focus of my PhD. Both of these enriched by academic and professional experience in the area of international cooperation.

Publications 

Articles in Research Journals

  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A. (2017). The social benefits of water and sanitation projects in Northern Colombia: Cost Benefit Analysis, the Water Poverty Index and beyond. Development Policy Review.
  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A. (2011). Water access in the fight against poverty: Tourism or Multiple Use of Water Services? International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 2 (4). 44-55.
  • Carvajal, Y.; Montoya, A. (1998). Caracterización fisiográfica e hidrológica de la cuenca hidrográfica del río Cali. Ingeniería y Competitividad, 1 (2). 33-40. 

Books

  • Montoya, A.; Cunego, A.; Ruiz, S. (2015). Integración de la educación para el desarrollo en la educación para adultos de los municipios españoles. Fundación MUSOL, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo.
  • Peña, L.; Betancourt, H.; Montoya, A.; (2014). Uso eficiente del agua en el campus de la Universidad de Ibagué. Grupo de Investigación GMAE. Editorial Universidad de Ibagué.
  • Azqueta, D.; Galán, E.; Montoya, A.; Román, M. (2013). El impacto económico y ambiental de un campo de tiro: el Campo de Adiestramiento militar de El Teleno. UAH Economía y Empresas Monografías Universidad de Alcalá.
  • Corporación Autónoma Regional del Quindío (2003). Boletín Meteorológico CRQ 2002. Autor de textos, tablas, gráficas y análisis. 126 p.

Chapters

  • Corporación Autónoma Regional del Quindío (2001). Evaluación preliminar del estado de los recursos naturales en el departamento del Quindío. Coautor del Capítulo III: Recurso Agua. 37-98. 

Research Documents

  • Alvarez, I.; Fairle, A.; Martin, V.; Medina, L.; Montoya, A. (2018). Implementation of the Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru Ex-Post Evaluation. European Parliamentary Research Service. Bruselas.
  • Cerdá, E.;…; Montoya, A.;... (2017). Valoración económica de los efectos del cambio climático en España en el sector de recursos hídricos. Documento de síntesis. Oficina Española de Cambio Climático.

Articles

  • Montoya, A. (2013). El acceso al agua como estrategia de lucha contra la pobreza. Revista Árbol de Tinta, (199). 3-5. 

Contributions to Congresses

  • Azqueta, D.; Barbiche, J.; Montoya, A. (2011). Socio-economic assessment in water and sanitation: Analysis of impact on poverty and valuation of benefits. 3rd International Congress Smallwat11´s report.
  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A. (2010). The social benefits of water and sanitation projects in Northern Colombia: the Water Poverty Index and beyond. 2010 Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Annual Conference & Meeting´s report.
  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A. (2010). Tourism, poverty and water management. International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries’ report. 131-140.
  • Azqueta, D.; Barbiche, J.; Montoya, A. (2010). Benefits economic valuation of an international cooperation project in water and sanitation. 7th ANQUE International Congress´ report.
  • Azqueta, D.; Barbiche, J.; Montoya, A. (2010). Impact assessment on poverty relief of an international cooperation project: Water and sanitation within armed conflict victims in Colombia. 7th ANQUE International Congress´ report.
  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A. (2010). The water footprint as a tool for environmental impact assesmment of rural tourism: an analysis at basin level. 7th ANQUE International Congress´ report.
  • Azqueta, D.; Montoya, A.; Restrepo, I. (2010). El uso múltiple del agua en la lucha contra la pobreza: más allá del marco convencional para la gestión de cuencas. Water 2009 International Seminar´s report. 421-429.
  • Azqueta, D.; Barbiche, J.; Montoya, A. (2010). Valoración económica de los beneficios de un proyecto de cooperación internacional en agua y saneamiento. Water 2009 International Seminar´s report. 29-38.
  • Montoya, A.; Díaz-Granados, M. (1998). Efecto de la cobertura vegetal en la respuesta hidrológica de cuencas hidrográficas. Memorias XIII Seminario Nacional de Hidráulica e Hidrología. 247-264. 

Interviews

  • Diario de Alcalá, “Ideas brillantes / Ciudades por la Vida: Se enciende la luz contra la pena capital”.
  • uesnoticia, "Álvaro Montoya, uno de los primeros estudiantes en realizar prácticas universitarias de cooperación".