Jorge Ivan Ramírez

Jorge Ivan Ramírez

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Instructor, University of Colorado Denver


  • PhD, Geography: Michigan State University, 2012
  • MA, Climate and Society: Columbia University, 2006

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Intersections of urban health, climate change and community capacity building.


Ivan J. Ramírez is a geographer whose research focuses on the intersections of urban health, climate change and community capacity building. As an avid climate-society researcher, his scholarship strives to elucidate how communities interact with the many facets of climate, and how those interactions ultimately influence the health and social vulnerability of populations and places. Dr. Ramírez has been a research associate with the Consortium for Capacity Building/INSTAAR at University of Colorado Boulder since 2009. He was previously an assistant professor of environmental health at Eugene Lang College, The New School in NYC.




Jorge Ivan Ramírez, Lee, J. 2021: COVID-19 and ecosyndemic vulnerability: Implications for El Niño-sensitive countries in Latin America. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 12: 147-156. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-020-00318-2

Jorge Ivan Ramírez, Lee, J. 2020: COVID-19 emergence and social and health determinants in Colorado: A rapid spatial analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Heath, 17(11): 3856. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17113856

Jorge Ivan Ramírez, Baptista, A., Lee, J., Traverso-Krejcarek, A., Santos, A. 2019: Accessing air quality risk in an urban minority community: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In Vojnovic, I., Pearson, A., Gershim, A., Allen, A., and DeVerteuil, G., Handbook of Global Urban Health. New York: Routledge.

Naranjo, L., Mickey Glantz, Temirbekov, S., Jorge Ivan Ramírez 2018: El Niño and the Köppen-Geiger classification: A prototype concept and methodology for mapping impacts in Central America and the circum-Caribbean. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 9(2): 224-236. DOI: 10.1007/s13753-018-0176-7

Jorge Ivan Ramírez 2018: Exploring tropical variability and extremes impacts on population vulnerability in Piura, Peru: The case of the 1997-98 El Niño. In Vuruputur, V., Sukhatme, J., Murtugudde, R., and Roca, R. (eds.) Tropical Extremes: Natural Variability and Trends. New York: Elsevier.

Jorge Ivan Ramírez, Lee, J., Grady, S. C. 2018: Mapping multi-disease risk during El Niño: An ecosyndemic approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(12): article 2639. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15122639

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