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 by the forces of globalization, neoliberalism and geopolitical change. My research has recently focused on extractive industries, development and social movements in Latin America. My research is also focused on the political economy of climate change and glacier recession in the Cordillera Blanca (Peru), 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. For a more extensive review of my research interests see my current research projects page.

Selected Publications


In Press (November, 2013). 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 PDF
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. PDF of Article and Full Report


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. PDF


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. PDF


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. PDF


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,Open Access


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.  PDF

2010 Bury, Jeffrey. Mining and Geography, B. Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography, Sage Publications. PDF
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. PDF


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. PDF


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. Open Access


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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   PDF


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


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


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  PDF


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


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   PDF


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

Publications in Spanish

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

Bebbington, Anthony. and Jeffrey Bury, 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. Spanish PDF

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. Spanish PDF

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. Spanish PDF

BebbingtonA., Humphreys Bebbington, D., Bury, J., Lingan, J., Muñoz, J.P. and Scurrah, M. 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. Spanish PDF

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. Spanish PDF



Current and Planned Environmental Studies Courses

  • Fall 2013
    ENVS 210-Political Economy Graduate Seminar
  • Winter 2014
    ENVS 143-
    Environment and Development in Latin America

Recent and Ongoing Courses

  • ENVS 100-Ecology and Society
  • ENVS 158-Political Ecology
  • ENVS 83,84,99,183,184,192,195A/B-Intern and Thesis Courses
  • 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. Students who are interested in working with me as an advisor should review our intern program guidelines through the Department. For general questions related to our undergraduate program, how to find an advisor and how be an environmental studies major please see the undergraduate studies information page.

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). If you are interested in pursing a graduate degree in our program please see my letter to prospective graduate students.



University Service

I work closely with the Department of Environmental Studies faculty in both my teaching and research efforts as well as in shared governance efforts. I am affiliated with the The Center for Tropical Ecology, Agriculture, and Development (CenTREAD ), the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies and the STEPS Insitute for Innovation in Environmental Research (Science, Technology, Engineering, Policy, and Society). I am also affiliated with College Eight as a faculty fellow.

Public Service

I work closely with students and members of the Santa Cruz community as both an intern advisor, scholar and member of the community. I am actively involved with local organizations and institutions in the Andes as well.. I have worked as a Fulbright Fellow to Peru and a visiting scholar at the University of the Pacific in Lima, Peru and the National University of Cajamarca. In addition, I work closely with civil society organizations (Grufides, Ecovida) in the Peruvian Andes concerned with the impacts of mining on local communities, particularly in the Cajamarca region of Peru. Finally, I also work closely with organizations (Centro Desarrollo Huayhuash) in the Central Andean mountains, the Cordillera Huayhaush and Blanca, concerned with conservation efforts, community empowerment and GIS and Remote Sensing applications to high mountain environments.

My research interests have also been highlighted in the media and press and I have served as a key interviewee or background source for a variety of pieces. Some recent stories include The Daily Climate, UCSC's coverage of our NSF supported Peruvian interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates (article and website), National Geographic News and the Frontline/New York Time Gold Series , which was also covered by National Public Radio . Finally, a piece in the New York Times highlights my long-term interests in the American West and the Colorado Plateau. Link to .doc file.