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Nicola Ulibarri

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Nicola Ulibarri

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I am an interdisciplinary scholar who uses political, social, and technical perspectives to evaluate the sustainability of environmental planning and decision-making practices. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine, I investigate the role of collaboration in environmental planning and water resources management, while developing mixed-methods approaches to research and evaluation.

I earned my PhD through the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources at Stanford University, and spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. My professional life has spanned the public and non-profit sectors, including work with the US Department of the Interior (Region IX), the World Bank, and Amigos Bravos, a grassroots river-protection nonprofit in New Mexico.