Climate change, Climate education, Climate resilience, Disaster risk reduction, Disaster management, Disaster preparation, Early warning systems, Environment, Flood management, Nature-based solutions, Mitigation, Climate adaptation, GIS
Dr. Gabrielle Thongs is a lecturer at the Department of Geography, where she has been a faculty member since 2017. During this time, she has lectured on a variety of subjects, including but not limited to natural hazards, urban geography, GIS modelling and climate change adaptation. In addition to a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Surveying and Land Information, she holds an M.Sc. in Planning and Development as well as several certificates in project management and climate change mitigation. Dr. Thongs has authored several publications, successfully led numerous workshops throughout the Caribbean, and taken part in a wide range of research initiatives, namely partnerships with USAID, UNDP, FAO, CDEMA, and UNDRR. She is also currently the Project Lead for the Clara Lionel Foundation, UCLA, and the Office of Global Affairs and Sustainable Futures project that focuses on building sustainable community resilience.
Along these arcs of her disaster risk management and climate change adaptation research, Dr Thongs was recently appointed as the Lead of The UWI Data for Risk-informed Resilience Building Technical Working Group (DRRB-TWG), member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for The UWI Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC), and a member of the Community Resilience Framework (CRF) Committee for CDEMA. She remains the Deputy Chair of the Alumni Gift Giving Committee and a member of the Campus Committee for Community Engagement.
Her ongoing research interests lie in a wide range of thematic areas, including Caribbean case studies in urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, nature-based solutions, and geospatial modelling.