Dr Julia Talbot-Jones

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Lecturer School of Government


  • PhD (the Australian National University), 2017
  • MA (University of California, Santa Barbara), 2012
  • BApplSc(Hons-I) (Massey University), 2006
  • BSc (Massey University), 2005

Research interests

  • Institutional economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Experimental economics/Behavioural economics
  • Game theory
  • Resource management


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.

Recent publications

Journal articles

  • O’Donnell, E. & Talbot-Jones, J., 2018. Creating legal rights for rivers: Lessons from Australia, New Zealand, and India. Ecology and Society, 23(1): 7 [online].
  • O’Donnell, E. & Talbot-Jones, J. 2017. Legal rights for rivers: What does this actually mean? Australian Environment Review, 32(6): 159-162.

Book chapters

  • Talbot-Jones, J., 2018. Institutions matter: How institutions shape public policy. In R. Breunig and M. Fabian, eds. Beyond Ideology: Governments and Markets in Modern Public Policy. United Kingdom: Routledge.