Dr. Bukvic is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech, and an adjunct member of the CLiGS Global Faculty. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and later received a Master of Science and Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Her Ph.D. is in Planning, Governance, and Globalization obtained from Virginia Tech. She also gained professional experience as a researcher in environmental health and served as an environmental consultant and program coordinator on various projects. Bukvic’s academic and professional multidisciplinary experience drives her dedication to utilize a holistic and integrated approach in tackling complex contemporary issues in environmental planning through research, interpretation, and outreach.
Some of her recent projects include evaluation of the use of relocation rhetoric in climate change adaptation documents; development of conceptual models for coastal relocation, the relocation scenario and its digitalized interactive rendition, the Relocation Suitability Index (RSI), and Coastal Relocation Assessment tool; and quantification of willingness to consider relocation among Hurricane Sandy affected residents. These efforts were presented at national and international conferences, as well as published or submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Bukvic is the lead instructor for the Croatia International Field Experience (IFE).