Jeffrey Bury

Faculty Director, Center for Integrated Spatial Research (CISR)
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEnvironmental Studies Department
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Anthropology Department
Web Site Web Page
OfficeInterdisciplinary Sciences Building, 428
Office HoursSpring, 2018-Wednesdays, 2-3.30 pm and by appt.
Campus Mail StopEnvironmental Studies
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Jeffrey Bury

Research Interests

My current research is centrally concerned with the transformation of natural and social environments in Latin America. My research has recently focused on new frontiers of extractive industries in the Andes and the political economy of climate change and glacier recession in the Cordillera Blanca (Peru). My work also focuses on conservation, ecotourism, and livelihood transformations in Peru, Chile and Costa Rica. My field research is linked closely to my interests in political ecology studies, environment and development in Latin America and field methods.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A., The American University
Honors B.A., University of Utah

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2014. Golden Apple Teaching Award. Division of Social Sciences, UCSC.

  • 2010. National Science Foundation, Coupled Natural and Human Systems, Collaborative Research: Hydrologic Transformation and Human Resilience to Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes.

  • 2009. Committee on Research Award, Climate Change and Governance in the Andes, UCSC.

  • 2008. NSF, Geography and Regional Sciences, Glacier Recession and Human Vulnerability in Peru.

Selected Publications



  • Bebbington, A. and Bury, J. (eds.). 2013. Subterranean Struggles: New Geographies of Extractive Industries in Latin America. University of Texas-Austin Press.


  • Bebbington, A.J., Bury, J., Cuba, N., and Rogan J., 2015. Mining, risk and climate resilience in the ‘other’ Pacific: Latin American lessons for the South Pacific. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 56(2): 189-207.

  • Wrathall, D., Bury, J., Carey, M., Mark, B.G., McKenzie, J., Young, K.R., Baraer, M., French, A., and Rampini, C. 2014. Migration and climate rigidity traps: socio-ecological possibilism and resource politics in Honduras and Peru, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104: 292-304.

  • Carey, M. Baraer, M., Mark, B.G., French, A., Bury, J., Young, K.R., and J. McKenzie. 2014. Toward hydro-social modelling: merging human variables and the social sciences with climate-glacier runoff models (Santa River, Peru), Journal of Hydrology 518: 60-70.

  • Bury, J., Mark, B.G., Carey, M., Young, K.R., McKenzie, J., Baraer, M., French, A., Polk, M. 2013. New geographies of water and climate change in Peru: Coupled natural and social transformations in the Santa River Watershed, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(2), 363-374.

  • Cary, M.; Huggel, C., Bury, J. Portocarrero, C., and Haeberli, W. 2012. An integrated socio-environmental framework for glacier hazard management and climate change adaptation: lessons from Lake 513, Cordillera Blanca, Peru, Climatic Change 112(3), 733-767.

  • Baraer, M., Mark, B., McKenzie, J. Condom, T., Bury, J., Huh, K., Portocarrero, C., Gomez, J. and S. Rathay. 2012. Glacier recession and water resources in Peru's Cordillera Blanca, Annals of Glaciology 58(207), 1-17.

  • Bury, Jeffrey, Mark, B., McKenzie, J., French, A., Baraer, M., Huh, K., Luyo, M. and J. Gómez. 2011. Glacier recession and livelihood vulnerability in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Climatic Change. 105: 179-206.

  • Mark, Bryan, Bury, J., McKenzie, J. and A. French. 2010. Climate change and Tropical Andean glacier recession: evaluating hydrologic changes and livelihood vulnerability in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(4), 794-805.

  • Bebbington, Anthony and Jeffrey Bury. 2009. Confronting the institutional challenge for mining and sustainability: the case of Peru, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(41), 17296-17301.

Chapters and Other Works

  • Bury, Jeffrey, 2105. The frozen frontier: the extractives super cycle in a time of glacier recession, in C. Huggel, M. Carey, J. J. Clague, and A. Kääb, eds. 2015. The High-Mountain Cryosphere: Environmental Changes and Human Risks, Cambridge University Press, pp. 71-89.

  • Bury, Jeffrey, 2015. Greening the industrial and mining sectors, in Kohler et al, eds, Rio+20 Mountains Report, Centre for Development and Environment, Swiss Development Agency, pp. 59-64. 

  • Bury, Jeffrey, 2012. The Himalayan Vertical Archipelago: Climate Change, Glacial Lake Insecurity, and Institutional Capacity in the Khumbu Himalaya. In Andean-Asian Mountains Global Knowledge Exchange on Glaciers, Glacial Lakes, Water & Hazard Management, TMI/USAID, pp. 44-49.

Teaching Interests

In addition to my formal teaching duties in the Department, I work extensively with undergraduate and graduate students conducting independent studies and as an intern supervisor to foster participatory learning, critical analysis, and social change. I particularly encourage students to work as interns in Latin America and around the Santa Cruz area. My graduate advising activities also include quarterly labs where we explore contemporary research issues and debate current theoretical and methodological trends. I have supervised the graduate student-led Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG) since 2006.

Courses Taught

ENVS 100-Ecology and Society
ENVS 143-Sustainable Development, Economy, Policy & Environment
ENVS 158-Political Ecology
ENVS 196-Spatial Frontiers Senior Seminar
ENVS 210-Political Economy
ENVS 272-Qualitative Research Methods