Luke Juran

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

·     Human Ecology of Water;  WASH;  HWTS & PoU Treatment

·     Hazards & Disasters;  Post-Disaster Reconstruction

·     India;  South Asia;  Mixed Methods

I am an environmental geographer who examines how humans impact and are impacted by socioecological systems.  My research interests are threefold:  human interactions with water resources; human interactions with disaster processes; and human interactions with coupled water-disaster constructs.  I am particularly interested in the provision of water and sanitation services and the reconstruction of water and sanitation infrastructure after disasters.

Much of my research takes place in India, but I have also conducted research in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mexico, for the Republic of Mauritius on behalf of the CDC, and for the State of Iowa.  My current projects examine water security and latrine adoption in coastal India.  These projects involve water quality testing, household surveys, and statistical and geospatial analyses.

My teaching explores human dimensions of contemporary environmental issues--often from a critical perspective--with content from our backyard in Virginia to far reaches of the globe.  Feel free to contact me at or my website to discuss educational and research opportunities.

Luke Juran holds a partial appointment at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech


·     Water, Environment & Society  (GEOG/NR 2004)

·     Environmental Problems, Population & Development  (GEOG 3104)

·     Practicing Sustainability  (NR 4444)

·     Water, Hazards & Development  (GEOG 4134 / 5134G)

Recent Publications: 

Juran, L. (2018). Disaster, development, and water: the reconstruction and (re)fabrication of hazardous waterscapes in post-tsunami India. In The Asian tsunami and post-disaster aid, (ed.) S. Reddy, pp. 79-99. Singapore: Springer Nature.

Adams, E.A., L. Juran, I. Ajibade (2018). ‘Spaces of exclusion’ in community water governance: a feminist political ecology of gender and participation in Malawi's urban water user associations. Geoforum 95: 133-142.

Aksha, S.K., L. Juran, L.M. Resler (2018). Spatial and temporal analysis of natural hazard mortality in Nepal. Environmental Hazards 17(2): 163-179.

MacDonald, M.C., L. Juran, S. Srinivasan, J. Jose, S.I. Ali, P. Rajagopalan, K. Hall (2018). Assessing participant compliance with point-of-use water treatment: an exploratory investigation. Public Works Management & Policy 23(2): 150-167.

Sehgal, V., V. Sridhar, L. Juran, J.A. Ogejo (2018). Integrating climate forecasts with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for high-resolution hydrologic simulations and forecasts in the Southeastern U.S. Sustainability 10(9): doi:10.3390/su10093079.

Juran, L., M.C. MacDonald, N.B. Basu, S. Hubbard, R. Rajagopal, P. Rajagopalan, L. Philip (2017). Development and application of a multi-scalar, participant-driven Water Poverty Index in post-tsunami India. International Journal of Water Resources Development 33(6): 955-975.

Juran, L. & K. Lahiri-Dutt (2017). Waterscapes in transition: changing uses and perceptions of water in middle class homes in Kolkata, India. Water History 9(4): 433-451.

Juran, L., J. Trivedi, K.N. Kolivras (2017). Considering the ‘public’ in public health: popular resistance to the Smallpox Eradication Programme in India. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2(2): 104-111.

Bandzuh, J.T., L. Juran, K.N. Kolivras, A.B. Wallis (2017). Local perceptions of measures to control Aedes mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases in Puntarenas and San José, Costa Rica. Journal of Latin American Geography 16(2): 139-162.

MacDonald, M.C., L. Juran, J. Jose, S. Srinivasan, S.I. Ali, K.J. Aronson, K. Hall (2016). The impact of rainfall and seasonal variability on the removal of bacteria by a point-of-use drinking water treatment intervention in Chennai, India. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 26(2): 208-221.

Luke Juran