Yurissa graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.Soc.Sc. in International Development and Globalization (French Immersion). She then continued at the University of Ottawa where she is currently a M.A. candidate in International Development and Global Studies (Specializing in Environmental Sustainability). Her area of specialization focuses on extractivism, water scarcity and transnational environmental activism in Latin America.
Yurissa joins UNU-INWEH as an Intern working under the supervision of Dr. Hamid Mehmood and Dr. Colin Mayfield. She will be working on the global water research investigating the status of water research at education and research institutes.