Denielle M. Perry

Denielle Perry is a water resource 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 into 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 political ecology and mixed-methods, I make use of both quantitative and qualitative analysis to investigate water governance issues around the globe. 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 related to freshwater, the biodiversity crisis, energy production, and sustainability.

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 ecosystem service protection and climate adaptation.


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


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

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