Betsy Breyer

Betsy Breyer

Instructional Assistant Professor

Urban sustainability, environmental justice, socio-ecological systems

  (979) 845-7141

  Eller O&M 706A


My work combines critical social theory and geospatial techniques to understand the intertwined social and biophysical processes that make up urban systems. I am advancing several projects that investigate urban greenspace as a focal point to engage problems of environmental governance, sustainability, and social inequality.

Selected Publications

Breyer, B., J. Qiu, and S. Zipper. 2018. Sociohydrological impacts of water conservation under anthropogenic drought in Austin, Texas (USA). Water Resources Research 54 (4): 3062-3080. 

Zipper, S. C., K. Helm Smith, B. Breyer, J. Qiu, A. Kung, D. Hermann. 2017. Socio-environmental drought response in a mixed urban-agricultural watershed: Biophysical resilience and implications for governance. Ecology and Society 22 (4): 39.

Breyer, B. 2015. Food Mirages. In Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas. D. Banis and H. Shobe, eds. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books.

Breyer, B. and H. Chang. 2014. Urban water consumption and weather variation in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Urban Climate 9: 1-18.

Breyer, B. and A. Voss-Andreae. 2013. Food mirages: Geographic and economic barriers to healthful food access in Portland, Oregon. Health & Place 24: 131-139.

Breyer, B., H. Chang, and G. H. Parandvash. 2012. Land use, temperature, and single-family residential water use patterns in Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona. Applied Geography 35 (1-2): 142-151.


Ph.D. Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Geography, Portland State University

Certificate in GIS, Portland State University

B.A. Economics, Reed College

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