Denielle M. Perry

Denielle Perry is a water resources geographer and Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University in the School of Earth and Sustainability. 



It’s no secret that I love water. This passion fuels my research in how environmental institutions and values influence both the development and conservation of water resources, as well as the socio-ecological implications of these often competing agendas. Drawing on a political ecology approach and mixed-methods, I make use of both quantitative and qualitative analysis to investigate water governance issues. Such research at the nexus of water law and policy, political ecology, and geospatial analysis is a powerful platform for solving some of the most pressing environmental problems of our time.

My current projects examine the socio-ecological implications of applying conservation policies, such as the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, on river systems around the globe for biodiversity protection and ecosystem based adaptation.


  • Climate adaptation & resilience
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hydropower development
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Political ecology
  • Regional integration
  • Sustainability
  • Water governance
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers Act


  • China
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • US (West)

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