Julia Talbot-Jones is currently completing a PhD at the Australian National University in economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy. She has an interest in how social arrangements or structures, what economists call institutions, solve environmental and natural resource problems. Her research is looking at a new institutional arrangement in New Zealand that proposes to grant a river legal rights with a view to understanding how the new property rights arrangement might affect use of resources. A former NZ-US Fulbright scholar, her work bridges economics, ecology, and resource management. Julia is the Managing Editor of UNESCO Global Water Forum.