Nicola Ulibarri, Ph.D.

2010-2015 Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 
 2016- Urban Planning and Public Policy University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 
Environmental planning & policy, water resources management, collaborative governance
"Nicola Ulibarri"

I am an interdisciplinary scholar who uses political, social, and technical perspectives to evaluate the sustainability of environmental planning and decision-making practices. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, I investigate the interaction between people, infrastructure, and the environment, with a focus on redesigning planning, permitting, and operations to meet more diverse social and environmental needs.

I earned my PhD through the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources at Stanford University, and spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. My professional life has spanned the public and non-profit sectors, including work with the US Department of the Interior (Region IX), the World Bank, and Amigos Bravos, a grassroots river-protection nonprofit in New Mexico.


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Leonard Ortolano grad student Stanford (PoliSci Tree)
Barton H. Thompson grad student (Econometree)
Bruce E. Cain post-doc Stanford (PoliSci Tree)


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Omar Pérez Figueroa grad student (Management Tree)
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Ulibarri N, Garcia NE. (2020) Comparing Complexity in Watershed Governance: The Case of California Water. 12: 766-766
Scott TA, Ulibarri N, Scott RP. (2020) Stakeholder involvement in collaborative regulatory processes: Using automated coding to track attendance and actions Regulation & Governance. 14: 219-237
Ulibarri N, Emerson K, Imperial MT, et al. (2020) How does collaborative governance evolve? Insights from a medium-n case comparison Policy and Society. 1-21
Ulibarri N, Tracy CL, McCarty RJ. (2019) Cleanup and Complexity: Nuclear and Industrial Contamination at The Santa Susana Field Laboratory, California. Environmental Management
Ulibarri N. (2019) Collaborative governance: a tool to manage scientific, administrative, and strategic uncertainties in environmental management? Ecology and Society. 24
Ulibarri N, Tao J. (2019) Evaluating environmental permitting process duration: the case of clean water act Section 404 permits Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62: 2124-2144
Ulibarri N, Scott TA. (2019) Environmental hazards, rigid institutions, and transformative change: How drought affects the consideration of water and climate impacts in infrastructure management Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions. 59: 102005-102005
Ulibarri N, Scott TA, Perez-Figueroa O. (2019) How does stakeholder involvement affect environmental impact assessment Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 79: 106309-106309
Pulver S, Ulibarri N, Sobocinski KL, et al. (2018) Frontiers in socio-environmental research : components, connections, scale, and context Ecology and Society. 23: 1-22
Ulibarri N. (2018) Does collaboration affect the duration of environmental permitting processes Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 61: 617-634
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