Benjamin Warner

    Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies

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Dr. Benjamin Warner joined the UNM Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in 2017, following his appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of Massachusetts. Warner’s research focuses geographically on Latin America, with additional emphases in Central America, and Southwestern and New England regions of the US. His work is broadly defined as development geography, with specific topics including water governance and institutions; Central American development; agrarian adaptation in Central America’s “dry corridor;” vulnerability, risk, and adaptation to environmental change and globalization; political economy of climate adaptation programs; critical development studies; and mixed methods. 


  • PhD in Sustainable Development, Arizona State University (2014)
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Purdue University (2006)

Research Areas

  • Development Studies
  • Latin American Development
  • Mixed Methods
  • Political Economy
  • Vulnerability, Risk, and Adaptation to Environmental Change
  • Water Governance and Institutions

Country Specialization(s)

  • Central America
  • Costa Rica

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • GEOG 516 Seminar in Globalization
  • GEOG 462/562 Water resources management