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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Climate Justice in Latin America Lecture Series

Mar 7, 2014, 12:00pm - 2:00pm


The OSU Center for Latin American Studies welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Bury, Associate Professor and Curriculum Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz. His 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. Dr. Bury will present The Icy Edge of Climate Change and Environmental Justice in the Peruvian Andes.

The rapidly receding glaciers of the Central Andes pose significant challenges for the future of hydrologic governance and emerging human vulnerabilities across the region. Contentious debates have recently emerged about the relative influence of accelerating climate change and the recent rescaling of Peruvian hydro-social relations on resource conflicts across the region. This lecture will explore new approaches to assess the complex natural and social dynamics of change in Peru’s Callejon de Huaylas will critically interrogate overly simplistic and deterministic narratives that suggest looming water shortages will inevitably provoke conflictual struggles over access to these diminishing resources, and will explore the ways in which Peru’s new hydraulic paradox might inform broader environmental justice debates. 

All are welcome to attend. The event will be held at the Byrd Polar Research Center in Scott Hall. It is co-sponsored by the School of Environment and Natural Resources, Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Byrd Polar Research Center.