Dr Luke Parry

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Luke is a social environmental scientist and is interested in identifying pathways towards socially-just and sustainable urbanization in 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.

Luke's research focuses on pathways towards socially-just and sustainable food systems in tropical forest regions. His research program uses mainly quantitative approaches, asks policy-relevant questions and takes urbanization in Amazonia as its point of departure. His current research focuses on: (1) Harvesting and consumption of bushmeat and fishes, linking normative perspectives on human health and dignity (in relation to food and nutrition security) and conservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. This research relates to questions around space and place (contextual-understanding), livelihoods and migration-decisions by individuals and households. (2) Understanding linkages between social vulnerability, climatic shocks, and food and nutritional insecurity. He has recently identified ‘food deserts’ in Amazonian cities and is also developing 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 road-less Amazonian cities to cope with severe climatic events, especially among vulnerable social groups. His team is developing an online early warning system predicting real-time urban vulnerability to food insecurity for improved risk-analysis, facilitating long-term investment in adaptation.

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 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 to the Rio Negro in Amazonas State, with Jos Barlow)
  • LEC342 Issues in Conservation Biology

Roles

Luke is currently:

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

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