Dr. Julia Talbot-Jones joined the School of Government as a lecturer in 2018. She has an interest in how social arrangements or structures, what economists call institutions, solve environmental and natural resource problems. Her PhD research examined a new institutional arrangement in New Zealand that was (then) proposing to grant the Whanganui River legal rights with a view to understanding how the new property rights arrangement might affect socio-economic and environmental outcomes. Her research is now expanding to focus on understanding how we can better design and analyse institutions to the benefit of our wild spaces. A former NZ-US Fulbright scholar, her work bridges economics, ecology, and resource management. Julia is the Managing Editor of the UNESCO Global Water Forum.