Julie L. Snorek
PhD Student at ICTA
Julie Snorek began her career as a field biologist in the Bering Sea Eco-region of Alaska. After three years, she changed course to work on natural resource management and community development initiatives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Tahoua Niger. After nearly five years in Niger, she received a master’s degree from the School for International Training while serving as Operations Manager for a hydrological project that supported pastoralists in northern Niger. She completed her field work in Niger during the disastrous drought of 2009 and the consequential food crisis of 2010.
Her master's thesis focused on the environmental causes related to migration of pastoralists from rural to urban areas in northern Niger. Currently, she is working for the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security on the CLICO (Climate Change, Hydro-Conflict, and Human Security) project as she completes her doctoral degree work for ICTA/UAB. Her research explores how changes in ecosystem services, social vulnerability and water governance are contributing to tensions or cooperation between herders and farmers in the context of climate change in Niger.
Research Interests: Environmental Governance, Climate Change, Hydrological Conflicts, Human Security, Pastoralist and Agriculturalist Conflict, Vulnerability, Common Spaces, Environmental Migration, Drought, Dryland Ecosystems