Teresa Armijos Burneo

University of East Anglia



Teresa Armijos Burneo is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and Development at the School of International Development. She is a social scientist, with more than 10 years of experience in interdisciplinary research that critically explores the intersection between the environment and development. Her research combines approaches from political ecology, development studies, history and decolonial theories to study disaster risk, and the politics of resource management. Teresa’s research applies participatory methodologies and the creative arts to co-produce knowledge with those most affected by environmental change. She has worked in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, St. Vincent, Montserrat and Guatemala. 


She is currently working on different collaborative interdisciplinary projects that focus on disaster risk management, vulnerability and environmental justice:

2021-24    GCRF-NERC. Ixchel: Building understanding of the physical, cultural and socio-economic drivers of risk for strengthening resilience in the Guatemalan cordillera. Co-Investigator – UEA Lead

2020-21.  GCRF- Clusters Call - Risk at the Margins (RAM): a blueprint for defragmenting disaster risk reduction with populations at risk.  Co-Investigator 

2018-2023GCRF – NERC - GCRF HUBS - ‘GCRF Multi-hazard Urban Disaster Risk Transition Hub. Tomorrow Cities’. Co-Investigator 


Teresa officially joined the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in February 2021 and forms part of the Overcoming Poverty with Climate Actions theme.



Martin, A. , Armijos, MT., Coolsaet,B., Dawson,N., Edwards, G. A. S., Few, R., Gross-Camp, N., Rodriguez, I., Schroeder, H., Tebboth, M. G. L., White, C.S. (2020) Environmental Justice and Transformations to Sustainability, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 62:6, 19-30. 

Marsh, H,  Armijos MT,  Few, R. (2020) “‘Telling it in our own way’: Doing music-enhanced interviews with people displaced by violence in Colombia”. New Area Studies 1:1 Open Access

Naismith, A, M. Armijos MT, Barrios Escobar, EA, Chigna, W, Watson, M. (2020) Fireside tales: understanding experiences of previous eruptions and factors influencing the decision to evacuate from activity of Volcán de Fuego. Volcanica 3(2): 205 – 226 Open Access

Hicks A, Barclay J, Chilvers J, Armijos MT, Oven K, Simmons P and Haklay M (2019) Global Mapping of Citizen Science Projects for Disaster Risk Reduction. Front. Earth Sci. 7:226. Open Access 

Barclay J, Few R, Armijos MT, Phillips JC, Pyle DM, Hicks A, Brown SK and Robertson REA (2019) Livelihoods, Wellbeing and the Risk to Life During Volcanic Eruptions. Frontiers. Earth Sci. 7:205. Open Access 

Pyle, D., Barclay, J., Armijos, MT. (2018) ‘The 1902-3 eruptions of the Soufriere, St Vincent: impacts, relief and response’. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.  

Armijos, MT., Phillips, J.C., Wilkinson, E., Barclay, J., Palacios, P., Hicks, A., Mothes, P., Stone, J. (2017). ‘Adapting to changes in volcanic behaviour: formal and informal interactions for disaster risk management at Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador’. Global Environmental Change, 45:217-226. Open Access 

Hicks, A., Armijos, MT, Barclay, J., Stone, J., Robertson, R., Cortes, GP. (2017). ‘Risk Communication Films: Process, Product and Potential for Improving Preparedness and Behaviour Change’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 83:138-151. Open Access 

Few, R., Armijos, M.T., Barclay, J. (2017). ‘Living with Volcán Tungurahua: the dynamics of vulnerability during prolonged volcanic activity’. Geoforum, 80:72-81. Open Access 

Armijos, M.T., Walnycki, A.M. (2014) ‘Why participation matters? The political implications of Communal Water Management in Bolivia and Ecuador’. IDS Bulletin. Issue 2-3. p. 43-55. Open access 

Armijos, M.T. (2013) ‘They cannot come and impose on us’: Indigenous Autonomy and Resource Control through Communal Water Management in Highland Ecuador’. Radical History Review. Number 116. Special Issue on Water. p. 86-104.  


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