Julia Talbot-Jones's work bridges economics, ecology, and resource management. 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.
Julia joined Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government as a lecturer in 2018. A former NZ-US Fulbright scholar, she is also the Managing Editor of the UNESCO Global Water Forum.