Julia Touza is a lecturer in the Applied Economics Department at the University of Vigo (Spain), and a research associate at ecoSERVICES Group at Arizona State University (USA). Her fields of specialization are ecological and environmental economics. Research interests include natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, economics of biological invasions, and ecological-economic modeling.

She received her MSc (Environment Economics and Environmental Management) and her PhD (Environmental Economics) both from the University of York, UK, where she earned the 2004 KM Stott Prize for the best PhD dissertation.

Previous positions include research fellow at the University of York between 2001-2005; and Marie Curie Fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Germany (2005-2007).

She has taught postgraduate courses in various universities: University of Vigo, University of the Basque Country, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ (Germany), and Havana University (Cuba). She has been invited to be a reviewer and member of scientific committees of international conferences, e.g. European Society of Ecological Economics, BIOECON, and the Spanish Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists. She regularly acts as a reviewer for international scientific journals.