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Academic Publications

Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Shah, S.H., Roque, A.D., MacClements, V., and Stern, A.K. 2024. Assessing environmental justice contributions in research and public policy: an applied framework and methodology. Environmental Policy & Planning, 1-16.

Roque, A.D., Wutich, A., Shah, S.H., Workman, C., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Chourei, Y., Belury, L., and Mitchell, C. 2024. Unjust modular, adaptive, and decentralized (MAD) water systems. Water Security, 20, 100151.

Bostic, D., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Pauloo, R.A., Dobbin, K. and MacClements, V. 2023. Thousands of domestic and public supply wells face failure despite groundwater sustainability reform in California’s Central Valley. Scientific Reports 13(1), 14797.

Koebele, E., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Nadeau, N., and Gerlak, A. 2023. Beyond Engagement: Enhancing Equity in Collaborative Water Governance. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water: e1687.

Schipanski, M., Sanderson, M., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., et al. 2023. Moving from measurement to governance of shared groundwater resources. Nature Water 1(1): 30-36.


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Fencl, A., Workman, C., Shah, S. 2022. Race, Citizenship, and Belonging in the Pursuit of Water and Climate Justice in California. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 0(0).

Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Klasic, M., and Fencl, A. 2021. The False Premise of Local Control in California Groundwater Management. IMPACT Water Resources 23(3): 25-30

Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2021. Power, Institutional Change, and Socio-Ecological Transformation. Lessons from California's Groundwater Reform. Doctoral Dissertation. University of California Davis.


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., DeVincentis, A., Rudnick, J., Dahlquist-Willard, R., Lowry, B., Gould, K. 2020. Farmer Participation and Institutional Capture in Common-Pool Resource Governance Reforms. The Case of Groundwater Management in California. Society & Natural Resources 33(12):1486-1507.


Brelsford, C., Dumas, M., Schlager, E., Dermody, B. J., Aiuvalasit, M., Allen-Dumas, M. R. , Beecher, J., Bhatia, U., D'Odorico, P., Garcia, M., Gober, P., Groenfeldt, D., Lansing, S., Madani, K. Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Mondino, E., Müller, M. F., O'Donnell, F. C., Owuor, P. M., Rising, J., M., Sanderson, R., Souza, F. A. A., Zipper, S. C. 2020. Developing a Sustainability Science Approach for Water Systems. Ecology and Society 25(2):23.


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Bostic, D., Lubell, M. 2019. Implementing SGMA: Results from a Stakeholder Survey. Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America.


MacLeod, C., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2019. Groundwater Management in California’s Central Valley: A Focus on Disadvantaged Communities. Case Studies in the Environment 3(1): 1-13.


Langridge, R., Sepaniak, S., Fencl, A., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2018. Management of Groundwater and Drought Under Climate Change. California's Fourth Climate Assessment 10. 


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E., Kemerink, J., Wester, P., Molle, F. 2018. Commercial Farmers’ Strategies to Control Water Resources in South Africa: an Empirical View of Reform. International Journal of Water Resources Development 34(2): 245-258.


Rudnick, J., DeVincentis, A., Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2016. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Challenges the Diversity of California farms. California Agriculture 70(4):169-173. 


Kemerink, J. S., Méndez, L. E., Ahlers, R., Wester, P., van der Zaag, P. 2013. The question of inclusion and representation in rural South Africa: challenging the concept of water user associations as a vehicle for transformation. Water Policy 15(2): 243-257.


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2010. Devolving Resources and Power in a Context of Land and Water Reform Organising Practices, Resource Transfers and the Establishment of a WUA in the Thukela Basin, South Africa. MSc thesis. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.


Méndez-Barrientos, L.E. 2007. Empleo Rural Como Estrategia de Manejo de Riesgo en Las Áreas Rurales de Nicaragua. Zamorano: Escuela Agrícola Panamericana.

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