Nicola Ulibarri

Assistant Professor
Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy
University of California, Irvine
206B Social Ecology I
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6484

Nicola’s CV

Nicola Ulibarri is an interdisciplinary scholar who uses political, social, and technical perspectives to evaluate the sustainability of environmental planning and decision-making practices. She investigates 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. She earned her 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. Her 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.

Graduate Students

PhD Advisees

Omar Pérez Figueroa (PhD student, Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy)

BA Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico; MS Water. Interdisciplinary Analysis & Sustainable Management, University of Barcelona

Research interests: Environmental hazards, environmental justice, the Caribbean

Ambereen Siddiqui (PhD student, Social Ecology)

BS Psychology, BA Spanish, University of Florida

Research interests: Environmental hazards and disasters, social & psychological resilience, mutual aid

Graduate Student Researchers


Nataly Escobedo Garcia (PhD student, Social Ecology)

BA Latin American and Latino/a Studies, UC Santa Cruz; MA Sociocultural Anthropology, CSU Los Angeles

Research Interests: Water rights, human rights, and politics in California farmworker communities

Kristen Goodrich

Kristen Goodrich (PhD candidate, Social Ecology)

MA Marine Affairs and Policy, University of Miami

Research Interests: Coastal & marine governance, ecosystem services, San Diego/Tijuana border

Paroma Wagle

Paroma Wagle (PhD candidate, Planning, Policy & Design)

BS Statistics, University of Pune; Erasmus Mundus MS in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management; MRes Social Science Research Methods, University of East Anglia

Research Interests: Water governance and conflict, participatory system dynamics modeling, Mumbai

Lab Alumni

Gissel Enriquez (BA Urban Studies, BS Earth System Science)

Kevin Steve Tellez (BA Urban Studies)

Cherry Yip (MPP)