Dr Luke Parry


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.

Amazonian peasant livelihood differentiation as mutuality-market dialectics
Fraser, J.A., Cardoso, T., Steward, A., Parry, L.T.W. 30/01/2017 In: The Journal of Peasant Studies.
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Who cares about forests and why?: individual values attributed to forests in a post-frontier region in Amazonia
Torres, P.C., Morsello, C., Parry, L.T.W., Pardini, R. 12/12/2016 In: PLoS ONE. 11, 12, 18 p.
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Are there food deserts in rainforest cities?
Davies, G., Frausin Bustamante, G.G., Parry, L.T.W. 9/12/2016 In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers.
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How does hybrid governance emerge?: role of the elite in building a Green Municipality in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon
Viana, C., Coudel, E., Barlow, B.J., Ferreira, J., Gardner, T.A., Parry, L.T.W. 09/2016 In: Environmental Policy and Governance. 26, 5, p. 337-350. 14 p.
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Anthropogenic disturbance in tropical forests can double biodiversity loss from deforestation
Barlow, B.J., Lennox, G.D., Ferreira, J., De Berenguer Cesar, E., Lees, A.C., Mac Nally, R., Thomson, J.R., de Barros Ferraz, S.F., Louzada, J.N., Fonseca Oliveira, V.H., Parry, L.T.W., de Castro Solar, R.R., Guimaraes Vieira, I.C., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Begotti, R.A., Braga, R.F., Cardoso, T.M., de Oliveira Junior, R.C., Souza, C., de Moura, N.G., Serra Nunes, S., Siqueira, J.V., Pardini, R., Silveira, J., Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z. 29/06/2016 In: Nature. 535, 7610, 4 p.

How to identify food deserts in Amazonian cities?
Davies, G., Frausin Bustamante, G.G., Parry, L.T.W. 1/04/2016 In: Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 24th Annual Conference GISRUK 2016. London 5 p.
Conference contribution

Expert elicitation as a method for exploring illegal harvest and trade of wild meat over large spatial scales
Swan, N., Barlow, B.J., Parry, L.T.W. 29/02/2016 In: Oryx. 7 p.
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Does the establishment of sustainable use reserves affect fire management in the humid tropics?
Carmenta, R., Blackburn, A., Davies, G., Lima, A., de Sassi, C., Parry, L.T.W., Tych, W., Barlow, B.J. 17/02/2016 In: PLoS ONE. 11, 2, 19 p.
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Evaluating the use of local ecological knowledge to monitor hunted tropical-forest wildlife over large spatial scales
Parry, L., Peres, C. 20/06/2015 In: Ecology and Society. 20, 3, 26 p.
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Wildlife harvest and consumption in Amazonia's urbanized wilderness
Parry, L., Barlow, J., Pereira, H.C. 10/11/2014 In: Conservation Letters. 7, 6, p. 565-574. 10 p.
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Brazil's environmental leadership at risk
Ferreira, J., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Barlow, J., Barreto, P., Berenguer, E., Bustamante, M., Gardner, T.A., Lees, A.C., Lima, A., Louzada, J., Pardini, R., Parry, L., Peres, C.A., Pompeu, P.S., Tabarelli, M., Zuanon, J. 7/11/2014 In: Science. 346, 6210, p. 706-707. 2 p.
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Shifting cultivation and fire policy: insights from the Brazilian Amazon
Carmenta, R., Vermeylen, S., Parry, L., Barlow, J. 08/2013 In: Human Ecology. 41, 4, p. 603-614. 12 p.
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A social and ecological assessment of tropical land uses at multiple scales: the Sustainable Amazon Network
Gardner, T.A., Ferreira, J., Barlow, J., Lees, A.C., Parry, L., Guimaraes Vieira, I.C., Berenguer, E., Abramovay, R., Aleixo, A., Andretti, C., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Araujo, I., de Avila, W.S., Bardgett, R.D., Batistella, M., Begotti, R.A., Beldini, T., de Blas, D.E., Braga, R.F., Braga, D.d.L., de Brito, J.G., de Camargo, P.B., dos Santos, F.C., de Oliveira, V.C., Nunes Cordeiro, A.C., Cardoso, T.M., de Carvalho, D.R., Castelani, S.A., Mario Chaul, J.C., Cerri, C.E., Costa, F.d.A., Furtado da Costa, C.D., Coudel, E., Coutinho, A.C., Cunha, D., D'Antona, A., Dezincourt, J., Dias-Silva, K., Durigan, M., Dalla Mora Esquerdo, J.C., Feres, J., de Barros Ferraz, S.F., de Melo Ferreira, A.E., Fiorini, A.C., Flores da Silva, L.V., Frazao, F.S., Garrett, R., Gomes, A.d.S., Goncalves, K.d.S., Guerrero, J.B., Hamada, N., Hughes, R.M., Igliori, D.C., Jesus, E.d.C., Juen, L., Junior, M., de Oliveira Junior, J.M.B., de Oliveira Junior, R.C., Souza Junior, C., Kaufmann, P., Korasaki, V., Leal, C.G., Lei 5/06/2013 In: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 368, 1619, 11 p.
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A framework for integrating biodiversity concerns into national REDD+ programmes
Gardner, T.A., Burgess, N.D., Aguilar-Amuchastegui, N., Barlow, J., Berenguer, E., Clements, T., Danielsen, F., Ferreira, J., Foden, W., Kapos, V., Khan, S.M., Lees, A.C., Parry, L., Roman-Cuesta, R.M., Schmitt, C.B., Strange, N., Theilade, I., Vieira, I.C.G. 10/2012 In: Biological Conservation. 154, p. 61-71. 11 p.
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The critical importance of considering fire in REDD+ programs
Barlow, J., Parry, L., Gardner, T.A., Ferreira, J., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Carmenta, R., Berenguer, E., Vieira, I.C.G., Souza, C., Cochrane, M.A. 10/2012 In: Biological Conservation. 154, p. 1-8. 8 p.
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Developing evidence-based arguments to assess the pristine nature of Amazonian forests [Letter]
Barlow, J., Parry, L., Gardner, T.A., Lees, A.C., Peres, C.A. 08/2012 In: Biological Conservation. 152, 2 p.

How pristine are tropical forests?: an ecological perspective on the pre-Columbian human footprint in Amazonia and implications for contemporary conservation.
Barlow, J., Gardner, T., Lees, A.C., Parry, L., Peres, C.A. 07/2012 In: Biological Conservation. 151, 1, p. 45-49. 5 p.
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Using learning networks to understand and manage complex systems : a case study of biological, geophysical and social research in the Amazon.
Barlow, J., Ewers, R.M., Anderson, L., Aragao, L.E.O.C., Baker, T., Boyd, E., Feldpausch, T., Gloor, E., Hall, A., Malhi, Y., Milliken, W., Mulligan, M., Parry, L., Pennington, T., Peres, C.A., Phillips, O., Roman-Cuesta, R.M., Tobias, J.A., Gardner, T.A. 05/2011 In: Biological Reviews. 86, 2, p. 457-474. 18 p.
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Understanding human-fire interactions in tropical forest regions: a case for interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences
Carmenta, R., Parry, L., Blackburn, A., Vermeylen, S., Barlow, J. 03/2011 In: Ecology and Society. 16, 1, p. -. 22 p.
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Drivers of rural exodus from Amazonian headwaters
Parry, L., Day, B., Amaral, S., Peres, C.A. 12/2010 In: Population and Environment. 32, 2-3, p. 137-176. 40 p.
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Improving the design and management of forest strips in human-dominated tropical landscapes : a field test on dung beetles in the Brazilian Amazon.
Barlow, J., Louzada, J., Parry, L., Hernandez, M.I.M., Hawes, J., Peres, C.A., Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z., Gardner, T.A. 08/2010 In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 47, 4, p. 779-788. 10 p.
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Rural-urban migration brings conservation threats and opportunities to Amazonian watersheds
Parry, L., Peres, C.A., Day, B., Amaral, S. 08/2010 In: Conservation Letters. 3, 4, p. 251-259. 9 p.
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Hunting for sustainability in tropical secondary forests.
Parry, L., Barlow, J., Peres, C.A. 10/2009 In: Conservation Biology. 23, 5, p. 1270-1280. 11 p.
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Allocation of hunting effort by Amazonian smallholders : implications for conserving wildlife in mixed-use landscapes.
Parry, L., Barlow, J., Peres, C.A. 08/2009 In: Biological Conservation. 142, 8, p. 1777-1786. 10 p.
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Boom-and-bust development patterns across the Amazon deforestation frontier
Rodrigues, A.S.L., Ewers, R.M., Parry, L., Souza, C., Verissimo, A., Balmford, A. 12/06/2009 In: Science. 324, 5933, p. 1435-1437. 3 p.
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The cost-effectiveness of biodiversity surveys in tropical forests.
Gardner, T.A., Barlow, J., Araujo, I.S., Ávila-Pires, T.C., Bonaldo, A.B., Costa, J.E., Esposito, M.C., Ferreira, L.V., Hawes, J., Hernandez, M.I.M., Hoogmoed, M.S., Leite, R.N., Lo-Man-Hung, N.F., Malcolm, J.R., Martins, M.B., Mestre, L.A.M., Miranda-Santos, R., Overal, W.L., Parry, L., Peters, S.L., Ribeiro-Junior, M.A., da Silva, M.N.F., da Silva Motta, C., Peres, C.A. 02/2008 In: Ecology Letters. 11, 2, p. 139-150. 12 p.
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Quantifying the biodiversity value of tropical primary, secondary, and plantation forests.
Barlow, J., Gardner, T.A., Araujo, I.S., Ávila-Pires, T.C., Bonaldo, A.B., Costa, J.E., Esposito, M.C., Ferreira, L.V., Hawes, J., Hernandez, M.I.M., Hoogmoed, M.S., Leite, R.N., Lo-Man-Hung, N.F., Malcolm, J.R., Martins, M.B., Mestre, L.A.M., Miranda-Santos, R., Nunes-Gutjahr, A.L., Overal, W.L., Parry, L., Peters, S.L., Ribeiro-Junior, M.A., da Silva, M.N.F., da Silva Motta, C., Peres, C.A. 20/11/2007 In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104, 47, p. 18555-18560. 6 p.
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Large-vertebrate assemblages of primary and secondary forests in the Brazilian Amazon.
Parry, L., Barlow, J., Peres, C.A. 11/2007 In: Journal of Tropical Ecology. 23, 6, p. 653-662. 10 p.
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Predicting the Uncertain Future of Tropical Forest Species in a Data Vacuum.
Gardner, T.A., Barlow, J., Parry, L., Peres, C.A. 01/2007 In: Biotropica. 39, 1, p. 25-30. 6 p.
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