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Yulia Peralta is a PhD student in the University of Arizona’s interdisciplinary Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program with a minor in Global Change and is a graduate research associate at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Her research interests are driven by the interconnections of people and nature and how people organize themselves for natural resource management and governance, such as water used for food production.
Yulia has been a research fellow with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) since her master’s program in Regional Development at the Research Center for Food and Development, A.C., in Sonora, Mexico. Before starting her doctoral studies, she conducted fieldwork on the Rio Yaqui (Yaqui River) with the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), and the Agronomic Research and Education Center (CATIE). The project, “Understanding community-based adaptations to climate change,” found that institutions and markets represent significant challenges in addition to climate change. Yulia’s dissertation examines how varying levels of governance affect holistic and sustainable use of natural resources and decision-making.
In her spare time, Yulia enjoys writing about herself in third person.