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Dr Luke Parry


Luke Parry

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510289

Research overview

Luke is interested in identifying pathways towards sustainable urbanization in tropical forest regions, particularly the Amazon. He has been a Lecturer in Ecosystem Services in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) since 2011 and is also currently an ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow (2014-16). Luke has a PhD in inter-disciplinary environmental science from the University of East Anglia and works extensively with research institutions in Brazil, including the National Space Research Institute (INPE), the Goeldi Museum, the Federal Universities of Pará (UFPA) and Amazonas (UFAM) and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz). His passion for Amazonia spans its people and places, slow boat journeys and governmental census data.

Current Research:

Luke is working on new tools to predict the impacts of Amazonian droughts on urban food insecurity, funded through an ESRC Fellowship. He is delighted to be working with a stellar bunch of inter-disciplinary scientists in the UK and Brazil and is mentored by Peter Diggle. In Brazil, Luke is hosted by the Nucleus of Advanced Amazonian Studies (NAEA) at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) in Belém. Luke and his collaborators are working on new tools to improve the adaptive capacity of road-less Amazonian cities to cope with severe drought and flood events, when food security appears to be threatened by the disruption of river transport and high food prices. They will develop an online early warning system that predicts real-time urban vulnerability to food insecurity. The team hope this tool will enable improved risk-analysis and facilitate both long-term strategic investment of resources and disaster intervention. Prior to starting his ESRC fellowship Luke was a World Social Science Fellow on Sustainable Urbanization, under the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

Other Research Interests (Past and Present):

Luke’s inter-disciplinary research in Amazonia spans:

Luke and his PhD students participate in two of LEC’s research groupings: Society & Environment and Ecology & Conservation.


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

  • LEC 202 Ecosystem Services and Society [not currently running]
  • 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, with Jos Barlow & Julio Louzada)


Luke is currently:

  • Co-chair of LEC’s inter-disciplinary PhD panel
  • Member of LEC’s Research Strategy Group

Outside interests: Luke is keen on photography (admittedly with a strong Amazonian bias [e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4]), cycling (around Lancaster) and cooking. 

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