Denielle M. Perry

Denielle Perry is an 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 to analyze water resources policy and management, I adopt a mixed-methods approach in my work, making use of both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Such research at the nexus of political ecology, water law and policy, 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.


  • Political ecology
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
  • Water governance
  • Climate adaptation & resilience
  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Regional integration
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Sustainability
  • U.S. West, Latin America, and China

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