Andrés Spognardi collaborated with UNRISD for the project Potential and Limits of Social and Solidarity Economy (2012-2013). For the project he wrote a think piece "The politics of the cooperative sector in developing countries: Insights from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia".
Mr. Spognardi is a political economist. He holds a Master's Degree in Cooperative Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy, and a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in public policy analysis from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences in Florence, Italy. He has taught Political Economy and International Economics at the National University of Mar del Plata (Argentina).
He has also been research trainee at the Institute for Research of Population and Social Policies in Rome, and visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York, USA.
His research work, which focuses almost exclusively on Latin American countries, covers two main topics: the political economy of the cooperative sector, and the institutional and socioeconomic aspects of natural resource management.