Jeffrey Bury



Office Hours


Room 428, Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Email-jbury <at> ucsc <dot>edu



My current research is centrally concerned with the transformation of natural and social environments in Latin America and is focused on climate change, extractive industries, development and social movements in Latin America. My field research is linked closely to my interests in political ecology studies, environment and development in Latin America and field methods.

Selected Publications


Mark, B. G., A. French, M. Baraer, M. Carey, J. Bury, K. R. Young, M. H. Polk, O. Wigmore, P. Lagos, R. Crumley, J. M. McKenzie, and L. Lautz, Glacier loss and hydro‐social risks in the Peruvian Andes, Global and Planetary Change 159 (Supplement C): 61-76


Polk, M.H., K.R. Young, M. Baraer, B.G. Mark, J.M. McKenzie, J. Bury and M. Carey. Exploring Hydrologic Connections between Tropical MountainWetlands and Glacier Recession, Applied Geography 78: 94-103.  


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


Bury, J., 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.


Baraer, M., McKenzie, J., Mark, B., Gordon, R., Bury, J., Condom, T., Gomez, J., Knox, S., Fortner, S., Contribution of groundwater to outflow from ungauged glacierized catchments: a multi-site study in the tropical Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10386.


Wrathall, D., Bury, J., Carey, M., Mark, B.G., McKenzie, J., Young, K.R., Baraer, M., French, A., and Rampini, C. 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. 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.


French, A. and J. Bury. Conclusion, social vulnerability and global change. In Los Impactos del Cambio Global en las Areas Naturales Protegidas y sus Zonas de Influencia: El Caso del Parque Nacional y la Cuenca del Rio Santa. Lima: Ministry of the Environment. pp. 35-37


Bebbington, A. and J. Bury (eds.) Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America. Austin, University of Texas-Austin Press.

2013 Bury, J., Mark, B.G., Carey, M., Young, K.R., McKenzie, J., Baraer, M., French, A., Polk, M. 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) 2013, pp. 363-374
2012 Bury, Jeffrey, The Himalayan vertical archipelago: climate change, glacial lake insecurity, and institutional capacity in the Khumbu Himalaya, In Andean-Asian Mountains Global Exchange on Glaciers, Glacial Lakes, Water & Hazard Management.


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


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


Fortner, S.K., Mark, B.G., McKenzie,J.M., Bury, J., Trierweiler,A., Baraer,M., Burns,P.J., and Munk,L.-A., Elevated stream trace and minor element concentrations in the foreland of receding tropical glaciers. Applied Geochemistry 26(11), 1792-1801.


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


Mark, Bryan, Bury, J., McKenzie, J. and A. French. 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. 

2010 Bury, Jeffrey. Mining and Geography, B. Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, Sage Publications.
2010 Bebbington, Anthony, Humphreys-Bebbington, Denise and Jeffrey Bury. Federating and defending: water, territory and extraction in the Andes, in Rutgerd Boelens, Armando Guevara and David Getches (editors) Out of the Mainstream, London: Earthscan, pp. 307-327.


Baraer, Michel., McKenzie, J., Mark, B., Bury, J., and S. Knox, Characterizing contributions of glacier melt and ground water during the dry season in a poorly gauged catchment of the Cordillera Blanca (Peru), Advances in Geosciences  22: 41-49.


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



French, Adam and Jeffrey Bury, Livelihoods at risk: agricultural viability and converging climatic and economic change in the Central Andes, Mountain Forum Bulletin 9(1), 7-9  


Bury, Jeffrey, Ecotourism and conservation in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru, Tourism Geographies 10(3), 312-333


Bury, Jeffrey, Transnational corporations and livelihood transformations in the Peruvian Andes: An actor-oriented political ecology, Human Organization 67(3), 307-321  


Bebbington, Anthony, Bury, J., Humphreys-Bebbington, D., Lingan, J., Munos, J.P. and M. Scurrah. Mining and social movements: struggles over livelihood and rural territorial development in the Andes, World Development 12(36), 2888-2905  


Bury, Jeffrey, Mining and migration in the Peruvian Andes, Professional Geographer 58(3), 378-389


Bury, Jeffrey, New community-led conservation efforts in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru, Mountain Research and Development 26(2), 180-182   


Bury, Jeffrey, Mining mountains: neoliberalism, land tenure, livelihoods and the new Peruvian mining industry in Cajamarca, Environment and Planning A 37(2), 221–239  


Bury, Jeffrey, Livelihoods in transition: transnational gold mining operations and local change in Cajamarca, Peru, Geographic Journal 170(1), 78-91

Publications in Spanish

French, A., J. Bury, B. G. Mark, M. Carey, K. R. Young, J. McKenzie, M. Baraer & M. H. Polk. 2016. Coyuntura crítica: Cambio climático, globalización y la doble exposición del sistema socio-hidrológico de la cuenca del Río Santa, Perú. In J. C. Postigo and K. R. Young (eds.). Perspectivas Socio-Ecológicas y Cambios Globales en América Latina. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima.

Bebbington, A., Humphreys Bebbington, D., Hinojosa, L, Burneo, M., Warnaars, X., and J. Bury. 2013. Anatomias del conflict: la negociacion de las geografias de la industria extracativa en los paises andinos, in A. Bebbington, ed., Industrias Extractivas: Conflicto Social y Dinamicas Institucionales en la Region Andina, Lima, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 319-348

Baraer, M., Mark, B., McKenzie, J. Condom, T., Bury, J., Huh, K., Portocarrero, C., Gomez, J. and S. Rathay. 2012. Recesion de glaciares y recursos hıdricos en la Cordillera Blanca del Peru, Journal of Glaciology 58(207), 1-17.

Bebbington, Anthony. and Jeffrey Bury. 2010. Minería, instituciones y sostenibilidad: desencuentros y desafíos, Anthropologica XXVIII (28), Suplemento 1: 53-84 (Peru)

Bury, Jeffrey. 2007. Neoliberalism, mining and rural change in Cajamarca. In A. Bebbington (ed.) Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas. Una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales . Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 49-80.

Bury, Jeffrey. 2007. Mining, migration and livelihood transformations in Cajamarca, Peru. In A. Bebbington (ed.) Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas. Una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales . Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 231-277.

Bebbington, A., Bury, J., Bebbington, D.H., Lingan, J., Munoz, J.P. and Scurrah, M. 2007. Moviemenientos sociales, lazos transnacionales y desarollo territorial rural en zonas de influencia mineria: Cajamarca-Peru y Cotacachi-Ecuador. In A. Bebbington (ed.) Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas. Una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales. Lima. Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, pp. 163-230.

Bebbington 2007. Los movimientos sociales frente a la minería:disputando el desarrollo territorial andino in J. Bengoa (ed.) Movimientos sociales y Desarrollo territorial ruralen América Latina . Santiago. Editorial Catalonia.

Bury, Jeffrey. 2003. Frameworks and Methodologies for Evaluating Socially Responsible Business: A Case Study of Minera Yanacocha. In, F. Portocarrero and C. Sanborn, eds. De la Caridad a la Solidaridad: Filantropía y Voluntariado en el Perú. University of the Pacific: Center for Investigation, Lima, Peru, pp. 385-423.



Current and Planned Environmental Studies Courses

  • ENVS 100-Ecology and Society

  • ENVS 143-Environment and Development in Latin America
  • ENVS 158-Political Ecology
  • ENVS 83,84,99,183,184,192,195A/B-Intern and Thesis Courses
  • ENVS 210-Political Economy Graduate Seminar
  • ENVS 280-Qualitative Field Methods
  • ENVS 291-Graduate Political Ecology Working Group
  • ENVS 292-Graduate Lab
  • ENVS 297, 299-Graduate Study/Thesis


I supervise a variety of internships for undergraduate students to foster participatory learning, critical analysis and positive social change. I particularly encourage students to work as interns in Latin America and around the Santa Cruz area.

Graduate Lab

My graduate lab explores a variety of issues and is held every quarter. Working closely with graduate students is the goal of my labs and we explore contemporary research issues, debate current theoretical and methodological trends and coordinate successful progress through the Environmental Studies graduate program. Current and future graduate students interested in working in the graduate lab are engaged in research all over the planet and our common interests range beyond the scope of my individual research interests. I also work closely with the Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG).