Yurissa graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B. Soc.Sc. in International Development and Globalization (French Immersion). She continued at the University of Ottawa where she is currently a MA candidate in International Development and Global Studies, specializing in Environmental Sustainability. Her specialization focuses on water scarcity and transnational environmental activism in Latin America. In her internship at UNU-INWEH, Yurissa assists with the assessment of the global status of water research at education.