Lucero Radonic

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology


Baker Hall 308

Research Interests

    political ecology
    water security & water rights
    climate adaptation
    Latin America
    U.S.-México Borderlands

Biographical Info

I am an applied cultural anthropologist working at the intersection of water governance, infrastructure, and environmental change in Latin America and the United States. My research takes a political ecology perspective to examine alignments and misalignments between environmental policies and on-the-ground practices to identify pathways for more just and culturally-sensitive climate adaptation.

I draw on mixed methods to study human adaptation to prolonged drought and flooding with critical attention to political economy, as well as the plurality of values and norms that mediate individual and institutional engagements with natural resources.


Radonic, Lucero and Cara Jacob.2021. “Examining the cracks in universal water coverage: Women document the burdens of household water insecurity ” Water Alternatives, 14(1): 60-78.
Radonic, Lucero, Lauren T. Cooper and Marcela K. Omans. 2020. “At the crossroads of flood mitigation and urban revitalization: Residents perspectives of shifting floodplain governance in the U.S. Rust Belt.” Human Organization, 79(2): 117-129.
Meehan, Katie et al. 2020. “Exposing the myths of household water insecurity in the global North: a critical review.” WIRES Water, 7(6): e1486.
Radonic, Lucero. 2020. “Whose city? An ethnographic view of constraints to land access and claims of urban Indigenous spaces in Northwestern Mexico.” In The Everyday Life of Urban Inequality, Megan Sheehan and Angela D. Storey (Eds). Louisville: University Press of Kentucky.
Radonic, Lucero. 2019. “Becoming with rainwater: A study of hydrosocial relations and subjectivity in a desert city” Journal of Economic Anthropology, 6(2): 291-303.
Radonic, Lucero. 2019. “Re-conceptualising water conservation: Rainwater harvesting in the desert of the southwestern United States” Water Alternatives, 12 (2): 699-714.
Radonic, Lucero. 2018. “When catching the rain: A cultural model approach to urban water governance” Human Organization,77(2): 172-184.
Radonic, Lucero. 2017. “Through the aqueduct and the courts: An analysis of the universal right to water and Indigenous water rights in Northwestern Mexico”. Geoforum 84(1): 151-157.
Radonic, Lucero and Thomas E. Sheridan. 2017. “Co-producing waterscapes: Urban growth and indigenous water rights in the Sonoran Desert”. In The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interaction. Carlos Velez-Ibañez and Josiah M. Heyman, eds. Pp. 287-304. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Radonic, Lucero and Sarah Richard-Kelly. 2015. “Alternative infrastructure possibilities: An applied methodological contribution to the urban political ecology of water”. Journal of Political Ecology, 22: 389:409.
Radonic, Lucero. 2015. “Environmental violence, water rights and (un) due process in Northwestern Mexico”. Latin American Perspectives, 42(5): 27-47.