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Julia Touza



Julia is an Environmental Economist whose research explores environmental problems driven by economic factors, and evaluates the strategic behaviour of natural resource users/managers in a temporal-spatial context. She has worked on the dynamic optimisation of natural resource management, relationship between trade and global environmental change driven by invasive species, strategic interactions in environmental cooperation at local and international scale, economic analysis of forest disturbances (wildfires), stakeholder participation in decision-making, and cost-efficiency of conservation policies. She works in interdisciplinary teams, using a variety of methodological approaches, including Hamiltonian-based optimisation techniques, econometrics analysis and agent based computational economics. She has held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research-UFZ (Germany), and visiting research posts at ecoSERVICES Group, Arizona State University (USA).



2019-2020.  Heterogeneity and Complexity in Collaborative Biosecurity Schemes.  NERC Landscape Decisions Programme.  University of York.

2018-2021. Integrating Ecological and Cultural Histories to inform Sustainable and Equitable Futures for the Colombian Páramos. NERC-AHRC-Newton Fund. Led by the University of York in collaboration with University of Cambridge, and Colombia Universities and Research Centres.

2017. Biosecurity and food security. The role of public-private partnerships and assurance schemes. N8 Agri-Food at York. of York in collaboration with University of Stirling and Fera.

2018-2020 Vulnerability analysis for the design of resilient communities to forest fires. Spanish Research Programme. Led by the University of Santiago with University of York and USDA Forest Service. Role: Co-I

2017-2019. Coastal Ecosystem Recovery Financing for the Future: Developing insurance products to enhance response and recovery from tropical cyclones. NERC-DFID-ESRC. Led by University of York in collaboration with CEFAS, and Willis Towers Watson.

2016- 2017 GCRF: Building resilience along the Colombian Caribbean coast in the face of sudden and slow-onset environmental hazards. GCRF-NERC. Led by the University of York in collaboration with University of Southampton and University of Cambridge.

2016-2018. Impacts of El Niño on ecosystem services provided by Colombian mangroves. NERC. Led by University of York in collaboration by University of Southampton and University of Cambridge.

2016-2017. Defra ITT FEE/0365 Developing a Plant Health Outbreak Decision Support Framework. Forestry Commission. Led by FERA in collaboration with University of York and University of Stirling.

2014-17. Risk of Animal and Plant Infectious Diseases through Trade. BBSRC, US-UK Collaboration: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Programme. Arizona State University (leader), University of York, University of Stirling, Fera, Defra, Yale University, University of Wyoming, Michigan State University, University of California, EcoHealthAlliance.



  • Economics of Sustainable Development (convener)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (convener with Jasper Kenter)


  • Applied Environmental Economics (convener)
  • Economics for Natural Resources and Environmental Management (convener)

Other teaching

  • Frontiers in Sustainability Research (contributor)
  • Current Research in Environment, Economics and Ecology (contributor)
  • Supervisor of BSc and MSc dissertation projects

Julia Touza

Contact details

Dr Julia Touza
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 324246
Fax: 01904 322998