Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez Gaviria

Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez Gaviria
Assistant Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.B.A. in finance and political science, University of Notre Dame; M.S. in development administration and planning, University College London


Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez is a recent graduate of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a postdoctoral researcher at RAND. His dissertation explored how technological advances catalyze scenarios where the policies executed by government are no longer appropriate to confront the issues faced by society, otherwise known as regulatory gaps. Via the compilation of case studies, his work identifies the characteristics of these gaps and extracts lessons for future policymakers.

At RAND, he has been involved in multidisciplinary research that explores the nexus of technology and policy. For example, he researched the effect of autonomous and connected vehicles on existing and new externalities for a report commissioned by the Transportation Research Board, liability in the sharing economy, coordinated an NIH-funded RCT that uses mobile phones to monitor HIV Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and test social norms on ART adherence, among others.

Prior to RAND, he was a program manager at Fundacion IDEA in Mexico City where he worked with the Mexican government in designing and implementing its National Innovation Plan. While at IDEA, Gutierrez also co-authored several publications on intellectual property rights, small and medium enterprise (SME) policies, and competitiveness. In addition, he consulted for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Honduras. In this position, he worked with the board of directors in the analysis of over US$1.5 billion in loans for infrastructure projects. His internship experience includes Nesta, Organization of American States, WOLA, UNESCO, and Vitro Corporation. He speaks English and Spanish fluently. 

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Innovation Award, RAND Corporation
  • Chevening Scholar, Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
  • Doctoral Scholar, CONACYT - Mexican Government