Luke Juran

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Luke Juran
205 Wallace Hall

Research Interests:

  • Human Ecology of Water;  WASH;  PoU Treatment
  • Hazards & Disasters;  Disaster Reconstruction
  • India;  South Asia;  Mixed Methods

My research examines human-environment interaction in the international context. My specific 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 access to 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 and supervised research in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tanzania, Costa Rica, 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 via my personal webpage to discuss educational and research opportunities.

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


  • Water, Environment & Society  (GEOG/WATR 2004)
  • Environmental Problems, Population & Development  (GEOG 3104)
  • Interdisciplinary Issues & Ethics in Water Resources  (GEOG/GEOS 4134 / 5134G)

Select Recent Publications: 

L. Juran, E.A. Adams, S. Prajapati (2019). Purity, pollution, and space: barriers to latrine adoption in post-disaster India. Environmental Management 64(4): 456-469.

Aksha, S.K., L. Juran, L.M. Resler, Y. Zhang (2019). An analysis of social vulnerability to natural hazards in Nepal using a modified Social Vulnerability Index. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 10(1): 103-116.

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, S. Reddy (ed.), 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.

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.

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.

Juran, L. (2015). A framework for integrating water projects in disaster reconstruction processes in the international context. Public Works Management & Policy 20(4): 305-321.