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Dr Luke Parry

Senior Lecturer

Luke Parry

LEC Building

LA1 4YQ

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 510289

Research overview

Research Overview

Luke is a social environmental scientist and is interested in identifying pathways towards socially-just and sustainable futures for tropical forest regions, particularly the Amazon. He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) since 2017 and was a Lecturer from 2012. He was an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow from 2014 to early 2017. 

His research program makes links between political ecology (particularly of health), food systems, urbanization and climatic change. He uses mainly quantitative approaches and seeks to ask and answer policy-relevant questions. Luke has been working in, and learning about, the ecological, social, health and political dimensions of tropical forests since 2002.

 

Research Interests

His current research focuses on:

(1) Understanding linkages between social vulnerability, climatic shocks, and food and nutritional insecurity. He has recently identified ‘food deserts’ in Amazonian cities and also developed a bottom-up Citizens Network to explore (and strengthen) the political and social dimensions of living with environmental change in remote, road-less areas. He works with the CHICAS statistical group, Lancaster Medical School. His research aims to contribute to improving the adaptive capacity of 'neglected' road-less Amazonian cities to cope with severe climatic events, especially among vulnerable social groups. His team is working on the spatial dimensions of urban food insecurity. This is being developed into an online early warning system for predicting real-time urban vulnerability to food insecurity for improved risk-analysis, whilst also seeking to make information accessible and relevant to marginalized social groups.

 

(2) Harvesting and consumption of bushmeat and fishes, linking normative perspectives on human health and dignity (in relation to food and nutrition security), local ecological knowledge and conservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This research relates to questions around space and place (contextual-understanding and urban defaunation shadows), trade, livelihoods and migration-decisions by individuals and households.

 

(3) A new project looking at social vulnerability in semi-arid Caatinga social-ecological system in the North-East of Brazil. Led by Dr Felipe Melo from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

 

(4) Collaborative research addressing the causes and social and ecological consequences of environmental change in Amazonia (e.g. caring for nature, peasant livelohoods, deforestation and agricultural land-uses,)

Luke and his PhD students are part of the Political Ecology group in the Lancaster Environment Centre.

 

Teaching

Luke’s teaching primarily contributes to LEC’s geography courses and includes:

  • LEC.333: Geographies of Health: understanding and tackling inequality

  • LEC 322 Environment, Society and Politics in Amazonia (taught with James Fraser & Jos Barlow)  - his sessions focus on population-environment relationships (especially under rural exodus and urbanization) and resilience

  • LEC330 Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon [field-course to the Rio Negro in Amazonas State, with Jos Barlow)

  • LEC342 Issues in Conservation Biology

PhD Supervision Interests

I welcome interest from potential students interested in these or related topics:

  • Projects taking a quantitative perspective on the political ecologies of health

  • Developing new tools for assessing local-scale healthcare access and quality in the Global South

  • Assessing impacts of Amazonian floods and droughts on maternal and infant health

  • Understanding the vulnerabilities of marginalized peri-urban, flood-prone communities in Amazonia

  • New approaches for understanding social vulnerability to climatic extremes

 

 Roles

Luke is currently:

  • Director of Studies, Part 2 Geography (2nd year)

  • Co-chair of LEC’s inter-disciplinary PhD panel

 

Outside interests: As well as keeping busy with little Arturito, Luke is keen on photography (admittedly with a strong Amazonian bias [e.g. 123, 4]), cycling (around Lancaster) and cooking. 

 

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