Ramirez, Ivan

Iván J. Ramírez
• PhD, Geography (Health and environment), Michigan State University
• MA, Climate and Society, Columbia University
• BA, Environmental Studies, Hunter College of CUNY
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health


Iván J. Ramírez was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in New York City. His scholarly interests focus on the intersections of global health, climate change and social justice.  In particular, he is interested in understanding the effects of climate on society and ecosystems and how impacts affect population vulnerability and health, including the spread of infectious diseases. He is also interested in understanding health disparities and why some sub-populations and places are more vulnerable to climate-related hazards.  From this vantage, Iván is concerned with the ethics of global development and climate change.

Since 2006, Iván has worked on climate research and educational activities, first at the Center for Capacity Building at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and later, at the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) at the University of Colorado.  Under the direction of Dr. Michael H. Glantz, he collaborated with Economics Professor Elsa Galarza at the University of Pacífico (Peru) and Meteorologist Lino Naranjo Díaz at MeteoGalicia (Spain) to develop "El Niño Affairs," a multidisciplinary initiative aimed at building climate capacities in Peru, Cuba, Mexico and the United States.  More recently, Iván contributed to a CCB project that examined lessons learned from USAID initiatives that focus on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.   In addition, in 2009 he was a proud observer for the Association of American Geographers (AAG) at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Iván has a PhD from Michigan State University (MSU), where he studied health and medical geography with Dr. Sue C. Grady.  In addition, he has a Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and a Specialization in Development Ethics from MSU.

As a teacher and mentor, Iván develops strategies that foster interdisciplinary learning to bridge the natural and social sciences with humanities.  Furthermore, he enhances student learning by incorporating visualization labs (e.g., ArcGIS) and using mental models in classroom activities that addressing environmental and health problems. 

Courses Taught:


Urban Environmental Health

Introduction to Epidemiology in Action!

Climate and Society

Climate Change and Global Health

Climate Change and Social Justice


Recent Publications:

Ramírez, I.J., 2015: Cholera resurgence in Piura, Peru: examining climate associations during the 1997-98 El Niño.GeoJournal 80, 129-143. DOI: 10.1007/s10708-014-9541-2

Glantz, M.H., Baudoin, M., Tozier de la Poterie, A., Naranjo, L., Pierce, G., Pradhananga, D.,Wolde-Georgis, T., Fakhruddin, B., Kainan Ahmed, A., Chapsoporn, N., Usher, P., and I.J.

Ramírez, 2014: Working with a Changing Climate, Not Against It - Hydro-meteorological Disaster Risk Reduction: A Survey of Lessons Learned for Resilient Adaptation to a Changing Climate (Full Report to USAID, 400 pgs.). Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A. http://www.ccb-boulder.org/wp- content/uploads/2014/12/Base- Report-FINAL-Edit-12-04-2014. pdf

Ramírez, I.J., Grady, S., and M.H. Glantz, 2013: Reexamining El Niño and cholera in Peru: A Climate Affairs approach. Weather, Climate and Society. 5, 148-161. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-12-00032.1.

Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, 65 W. 11th Street, Room 054 (Basement)
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 ext. 2286


Personal Website:

Research Interests:
Iván's current scholarship focuses on climate-disease relationships, urban health and climate change, and climate-society archival research. Internationally, he continues to investigate the effects of climate variability (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) and social vulnerability on cholera and other infectious diseases in northern Peru.  Domestically, he is developing an integrative modeling approach that considers the various layers of vulnerability that contribute to health disparities among inner-city neighborhoods within NYC in the context of a changing climate.  
Professional Affiliations:
Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (AAG)
Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
Human Development and Capabilities Association
Public Health Association of New York City
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
EcoHealth Alliance

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