Dr. Anamaria Bukvic


Dr. Bukvic is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and later received a Master of Science and Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Her Ph.D. is in Planning, Governance, and Globalization obtained from Virginia Tech. She also gained professional experience as a researcher in environmental health and served as an environmental consultant and program coordinator on various projects. Bukvic’s academic and professional multidisciplinary experience drives her dedication to utilize a holistic and integrated approach in tackling complex contemporary issues in environmental planning through research, interpretation, and outreach.

Dr. Bukvic’s research explores whether retreat and relocation could serve as a workable adaptation strategy and practical solution to sea-level rise in coastal communities, as well as what opportunities could emerge from this process. Other interests include:

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation;
  • Coastal hazards and disasters
  • Contemporary migration dynamics and displacement
  • Climate change relocation and resettlement
  • Development of decision support tools
  • Climate change risks and national security

Some of her recent projects include evaluation of the use of relocation rhetoric in climate change adaptation documents; development of conceptual models for coastal relocation, the relocation scenario and its digitalized interactive rendition, the Relocation Suitability Index (RSI), and Coastal Relocation Assessment tool; and quantification of willingness to consider relocation among Hurricane Sandy affected residents. These efforts were presented at national and international conferences, as well as published or submitted to peer-reviewed journals

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Recent Publications

Bukvic, A. (2015) Identifying Gaps and Inconsistencies in the Use of Relocation Rhetoric: A Prerequisite for Sound Relocation Policy and Planning. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change20(7), pp. 1203-1209, DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9532-5

Bukvic, A., Smith, A., Zhang, A. (2015) Evaluating Drivers of Coastal Relocation in Hurricane Sandy Affected Communities. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, pp. 215-228, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.06.008

Bukvic, A. (2015) Integrated Framework for the Relocation Potential Assessment of Coastal Communities (RPACC): Application to Hurricane-Sandy Affected Areas. Environment, Systems and Decisions 35(2): pp. 264-278, DOI 10.1007/s10669-015-9546-5

Bukvic, A., Owen, G. (2014) Should We Stay or Should We Go: Attitudes towards Relocation Post-Hurricane Sandy. Disasters (in press)