Julia Talbot-Jones is a Lecturer in the School of Government at Victoria, University of Wellington. 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 improve policy efficacy. A former NZ-US Fulbright scholar, her work bridges economics, ecology, and resource management.