Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003


Twitter:  @bpwarner_umass



Disciplines:  Development geography; sustainable development

Research topics:  Development studies; political ecology; agrarian development; adaptation limits; institutional context of vulnerability and risk; water governance; socio-geomorphology; education assessment & policy; participatory action research; mixed methodologies

Geographic areas:  Central America; Latin America; Southwest, USA; New England, USA



2014 Ph.D. Sustainable Development, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Dissertation: Political Economic Barriers to Global Change Adaptations: A Study of Agrarian Rural Development in Northwest Costa Rica. Director: Dr. Daniel Childers.

2006 B.S. Civil Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University



2017 Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
2014 – Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dept. of Geosciences/ Dept. of Environmental Conservation
2014 Adjunct Faculty, Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment
2006 – 2009 Project Manager & Engineer, Planning and Water Engineering Services, HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis, IN



accepted Warner, B. P., Childers, D., Kuzdas, C., & Stocks, G. Smallholder adaptation to drought in Costa Rica’s crony capitalist rice economy. Development and Change.
in review Warner, B. P., Gartner, J. D., Hatch, C. E., Mabee, S., & Kline, M. Participatory approach to geomorphic-based flood risk management in Massachusetts, USA. Water Policy.
in review Milman, A., Warner, B. & Short, A. Flooding and Private Land: Perspectives and Responses to Integrated Flood Risk Management Among Rural Landowners in Western Massachusetts. Land Use Policy.
in review Milman, A., Warner, B., Chapman, D. & Short, A. Quantifying landowner perspectives on integrated flood risk management in Massachusetts, USA  Journal of Flood Risk Management.
2016 Kuzdas, C., Warner, B. P., Wiek, A., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. Identifying the potential of governance regimes to aggravate or mitigate water conflicts in regions threatened by climate change. Local Environment. DOI:
accepted Warner, B. P. Mixed-methods approaches to understanding climate change risks to agrarian-based livelihoods. SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom. SAGE Publications, Ltd.
2016 Milman, A., & Warner, B. P. The interfaces of public and private adaptation: Lessons from flooding in the Deerfield River Watershed. Global Environmental Change, 36, 46–55. DOI:
2016 Warner, B. P., & Kuzdas, C. Manufactured global change risk pathways in industrial-based agrarian development. Climate and Development. DOI:
2016 Kuzdas, C., Warner, B. P., Wiek, A., Vignola, R., Yglesias, M., & Childers, D. L. Sustainability assessment of water governance alternatives: the case of Guanacaste Costa Rica. Sustainability Science. DOI:
2016 Warner, B. P. Understanding actor-centered adaptation limits in smallholder agriculture in the Central American dry tropics. Journal of Agriculture and Human Values. DOI:
2015 Warner, B. P., Kuzdas, C., Yglesias, M. G., & Childers, D. L. Limits to adaptation to interacting global change risks among smallholder rice farmers in Northwest Costa Rica. Global Environmental Change, 30, 101–112. DOI:
2015 Warner, B. P., & Elser, M. How Do Sustainable Schools Integrate Sustainability Education? An Assessment of Certified Sustainable K–12 Schools in the United States. The Journal of Environmental Education, 46(1), 1–22. DOI:
2015 Kuzdas, C., Wiek, A., Warner, B. P., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. Integrated and participatory analysis of regional water governance regimes – The case of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  World Development. 66, pp. 254–266. DOI:
2014 Kuzdas, C., Wiek, A., Warner, B. P., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. Sustainability appraisal of water governance regimes – The case of Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.  Environmental Management. 54(2), pp. 205-222. DOI:



in press Vogel, E., Gillett, N., Warner, B. P., Schoen, J., Payne, L., Chang, D., … Slovin, N. Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart: Federal and state policies and programs that can help New England towns thrive despite river floods. Army Corp of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. Alexandria, VA.
2015 Arguedas Ortiz, Diego. November 5. Riesgos manufacturados afectan desarrollo agrícola rural. SciDevNet. p. 2. San José, CR. Retrieved from
2015 Warner, B. P. September 21. Sustainability science is a new academic discipline. But is it sustainable? The Conversation, p. 2. Boston, MA. Retrieved from
2015 Warner, B. P. & Kuzdas, C. Origins of water scarcity in rural development in the Costa Rican dry tropics: Neoliberalism, international trade, and climate change. GWF Discussion Paper. Global Water Forum. Canberra, Australia. Retrieved from AWARDED “EDITORS’ PICK” OF THE YEAR 2015.
2014 George, Michele St. May 6. Sustainability grad focuses on water management. ASU Now. Tempe, AZ. Retrieved from
2013 Kuzdas, C., Yglesias, M., & Warner, B. P. Advancing Sustainable Governance of Water Resources in Costa Rica. The Solutions Journal. 4(4), Aug 2013.
2012 Kuzdas, C., Yglesias, M., Wiek, A., Warner, B. P., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. Sustainability assessment of water systems and water governance in the Portrero, Caimital, and Upper Nosara Watersheds.  Comisión para el Manejo de las Cuencas Potrero-Caimital. Nicoya, GTE, Costa Rica (Spanish)
2010 Warner, B. P. The Kerala Model of Development: A Path to Sustainability. The Sustainability Review. 1(1), March 2010.



2014 – 2017 SP – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA, #2013-51130-21488) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Integrated Water Quality Grant Program – Farms, floods and fluvial geomorphology: making the most of our natural resources – PI:  Christine Hatch – Amount:  $640,000
2014 Award – Arizona State University Doctoral Graduate Education Spring 2014 Completion Grant – Amount:  $9,500
2013 – 2014 PI – C.W. & Modene Neely Charitable Foundation Grant – Managing water allocation equitably: Risks to smallholder farmers in Costa Rica’s Arenal-Tempisque Irrigation District – Amount:  $2,900
2012 – 2013 Award – Senior Fellowship, NSF (#0841374) Graduate STEM Fellowship (GK-12) – Amount:  $30,000
2012 – 2013 Award – Arizona State University, School of Sustainability Travel Grant – Amount:  $1,400
2012 – 2013 CoPI – GISER funded Integrative Society and Environment Research Grants Program – Mitigating Water Conflicts in the Río Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica – Amount:  $1,245
2012 Award – Visiting IPoS Scholar at University of Tokyo and Asian Institute of Technology – Livelihood Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change – Amount:  $9,000
2011 – 2012 CoPI – USGS funded Water Resources Research Center 104(b) Grants Program (#2011AZ436B) – Hydrology Versus Ecology: The Effectiveness of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment in a Semi-arid Climate – Amount:  $40,000
2011 – 2012 Award – Junior Fellowship, NSF (#0841374) Graduate STEM Fellowship (GK-12) – Amount:  $30,000
2010 PI  – NSF (#0553925) International Graduate Research Experience Grant, Palo Verde Biological Station, Costa Rica – Climate resilience in agriculture in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica – Amount:  $13,000



Graduate level:

Fall 2014 GE600, Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University

Undergraduate level:

Fall 2014 GE400, Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University
2010 – 2011 SOS 110, Sustainable World, Curriculum designer, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Fall 2009 SOS 110, Sustainable World Lab, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University



Mixed Methods International Research Association

Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers

Association of American Geographers

America Water Resources Association, Future Risk Committee