Anamaria Bukvic


Anamaria Bukvic is a human geographer and interdisciplinary scholar, currently holding an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her research efforts are inherently collaborative and multidimensional—revolving around climate change adaptation, coastal risks and resilience, and relocation—all highly complex and multilayered issues that call for an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Anamaria is further interested in whether relocation can serve as a viable adaptation strategy and solution to sea-level rise in coastal communities, as well as what opportunities could emerge from this process. Her early projects evaluate the use of relocation rhetoric in climate change adaptation documents and introduce new decision-support tools to inform relocation planning (e.g., the Coastal Relocation Leaf, the Relocation Suitability Index (RSI), & the Relocation Potential Assessment for Coastal Communities (RPACC)). More recently, she conducted two post-hurricane Sandy household surveys on willingness to consider relocation as a response strategy and personal interviews with stakeholders in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and on the Eastern Shore in Maryland on barriers and opportunities for adaptation and relocation. Anamaria’s current projects funded by the NSF CRISP Type 1/Collaborative Research grant are focused on the older population living in flood-prone coastal areas, integrated vulnerability assessment of coastal urban areas, and the role of mobility and transiency in the community resilience. She also serves as co-lead of the Coastal@VT interdisciplinary research initiative at Virginia Tech and co-organizer of related initiatives designed to facilitate knowledge exchange and research collaborations among coastal stakeholders.