Julia Talbot-Jones graduated with a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy in December 2017. 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 a river legal rights with a view to understanding how the new property rights arrangement might affect use of resources. 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 UNESCO Global Water Forum.