Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Geography
Julia Touza joined the University of York in 2013. She was previously a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Vigo, Spain, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research-UFZ in Germany, and visiting fellow with EcoServices Group at Arizona State University. She completed her doctorate and postdoctoral fellowship at York on sustainable use of natural resources, and the links between globalisation and biological invasions, respectively. Her research has been supported by a variety of bodies including EU, Spanish Government, Leverhulme Trust, NERC, BBSRC, Newton Fund, and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Julia has a broad interest in understanding the feedbacks between human uses, ecosystem processes and environmental policies in a variety of issues including forests and marine ecosystem services sustainability, wildfire risk, biological invasions, and environmental cooperation at both local and international scale. A key component of her work is the use of ecological-economic modelling to evaluate natural and socioeconomic hazards to natural resources in a temporal-spatial context. Her work relies in a variety of analytical and numerical approaches and has an interdisciplinary focus that recognises the complexities and co-dependencies between human and natural systems. Current research areas include: Impacts of climate hazards to mangroves on the Caribbean coast, and development of novel insurance products to finance resilience of coastal communities.