My research blends work on international development, environmental policy, and participatory democracy.
I ask how the ways in which sustainable development interventions engage with stakeholders affects long-run outcomes through human psychology and related behavior change.
I have conducted fieldwork in Latin America, East Africa and Southeast Asia. I am fluent in Spanish and have received advanced training in Portuguese and Swahili.
Grillos, Tara. 2022. Participation Improves Collective Decisions (When It Involves Deliberation). British Journal of Political Science. (doi: 10.1017/S0007123421000375)
Molina Garzón, Adriana+, Tara Grillos, Alan Zarychta & Krister Andersson. 2022. Decentralization Can Increase Cooperation among Public Officials. American Journal of Political Science. (doi:10.1111/ajps.12606)
Grillos, Tara, Alan Zarychta & Jami Nelson Nuñez. 2021. Water Scarcity & Procedural Justice in Honduras: Community-Based Management Meets Market-Based Policy. World Development, 142. (doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2021.105451)
Grillos, Tara, Alan Zarychta & Krister Andersson. 2021. Governance Reform, Decentralization, and Teamwork in Public Service Delivery: Evidence from the Honduran Health Sector. Public Administration, 1-27. (doi:10.1111/padm.12722)
Zarychta, Alan, Tara Grillos & Krister Andersson. 2019. Public Sector Governance Reform and Motivation of Street-Level Bureaucrats in Developing Countries. Public Administration Review, 80(1):75-91. (doi: 10.1111/puar.13132)
Grillos, Tara, Patrick Bottazzi, David Crespo, Nigel Asquith & Julia P.G. Jones. 2019. In-kind conservation payments crowd in environmental values and increase support for government intervention: A Randomized trial in Bolivia. Ecological Economics, 166. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106404) [full text pre-print here]
Cook, Nathan, Tara Grillos & Krister Andersson. 2019. Gender quotas increase equality and effectiveness of climate policy interventions. Nature Climate Change, 9: 330-334. (doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0438-4rdcu.be/brEMe)
Grillos, Tara. 2018. Women's participation in environmental decision-making: Quasi-experimental evidence from northern Kenya. World Development, 108C: 115-130. (doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.03.017)
Andersson, Krister P., Nathan Cook, Tara Grillos, Maria Claudia Lopez, Carl F. Salk, Glenn D. Wright, and Esther Mwangi. 2018. Experimental evidence on payments for forest commons conservation. Nature Sustainability, 1(3):128-135. (doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0034-z)
Grillos, Tara. 2017. Participatory budgeting and the poor: Tracing bias in a multi-staged process in Solo, Indonesia. World Development, 96:343-358. (doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.03.019)
For a full list of publications, please visit my CV.
"Knowledge emerges only through invention and reinvention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry beings pursue with the world and with others."