Idaho State University

I work with a collaborative group of scholars from Idaho State University, Boise State University, University of Idaho, and Purdue University to understand shifts in agricultural practices in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer region of Idaho. This research started as part of EPSCoR Idaho's Managing Idaho's Landscape for Ecosystem Services (MILES) project, and is now funded by the USDA. Our research focuses on the following:

  • Farmers' perceptions of fairness of a policy agreement designed to reduce groundwater pumping (Running, du Bray, Burnham)

  • Farmer adaptive capacity to reduced water access (Burnham, du Bray, Hillis)

  • Novel governance strategies and adaptive management at multiple levels of government in response to a declining aquifer (du Bray, Burnham, Running, Hillis)

  • Long-term agricultural landscape change as a result of reduced groundwater pumping (Brandt, Flores, Burnham, du Bray, Hillis)

  • Farmer decision-making under uncertainty (Hawes, Ma, Burnham, du Bray)

Selected publications:

M.V. du Bray, M. Burnham, K. Running, V. Hillis. Who governs groundwater? Polycentricity, (de)centralization, and the role of the state in new groundwater management policies. Water Alternatives 11(3): 533-551.

Arizona State University

As part of the interdisciplinary collaboration between the Center for Global Health and the Global Impact Collaboratory in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, I work with a group of sociocultural and biocultural anthropologists to understand a range of environmental and medical anthropology issues. Funded by the Central Arizona Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER) project and the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), our collaboration focuses on the following:

  • Ecosystem services and disservices along urban rivers

    • Inequity in access to ecosystem services

  • Health and stigma related to water access

  • Emotional geographies of climate change

    • Inequitable distribution of emotional harms as a result of climate change

  • Wastewater treatment and reuse

  • Cultural consensus analysis of local climate change effects

Selected publications:

M. V. du Bray, R. Stotts, A. Wutich, A. Brewis. Challenges to the Ecosystem Services Valuation Paradigm: Local and Cross-cultural Perspectives. Accepted for publication at Economic Anthropology DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12128.

M.V. du Bray, A. Wutich, K.L. Larson, D.D. White, A. Brewis. (2018). Anger and Sadness: Emotional Geographies of Climate Threats in Four Island Nations. Cross-cultural research DOI: 10.1177/1069397118759252.

M.V. du Bray, A. Wutich, A. Brewis. (2017). Hope and Fear: Gendered Emotional Geographies of Climate Change in Three Vulnerable US Communities. Weather, Climate and Society 9(2): 285-297.

Additional publications can be found at Environmental JusticeHuman Ecology, and Social Science & Medicine.