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Event Caribbean Region: Adaptation and Resilience to Global Change
Date(s) Tuesday 24th June 2014
Wednesday 25th June 2014
Thursday 26th June 2014
Friday 27th June 2014
Organiser UWI Mona Campus

The Department of Geography & Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in conjunction with Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, the Climate Change Research Group and the Developing Areas Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers are holding a joint Regional Meeting on‘The Caribbean Region: Adaptation and Resilience to Global Change’ at The UWI Mona campus, Kingston, Jamaica in June 2014. Global change encompasses a multiplicity of interconnected environmental, economic, social and political factors that create vulnerabilities and invoke local responses. For small island developing states like those in the Caribbean region, the impacts of global change are often negative, though positive responses to new economic opportunities created by these changes are not precluded. Vulnerabilities to global change range in scale from national and regional economies, through terrestrial and marine ecosystems, to communities, households and other social groups.

            This is the 6th meeting in the British Caribbean Geography Seminar Series which, for two decades, has brought researchers periodically together to highlight geographical and related research on Caribbean economic and environmental change. The aim once again is to provide a forum for geographers and researchers in the natural and social sciences to present and discuss their work on the impacts of Global Change on Caribbean people, societies and landscape, modes of coping and adaptation, and strategies for building resilience.


Offers of Papers are invited on the following themes:


·         Climate variability and environmental change research in the Caribbean Basin.


·         Responding to economic and environmental shocks and stresses in urban and rural settings.


·         Impacts of environmental and economic shocks and stresses on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.


Papers which fall outside these themes but are linked to environmental and socio-economic issues in the region will also be considered.


Offers of papers, with an abstract of not more than 300 words, should be sent by 28th February, 2014 to:


  • Professor David Barker ( (Department of Geography and Geology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica)


  • Dr Duncan McGregor ( (Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey  TW20 0EX, UK)





The meeting is expected to comprise three days of selected papers, interleaved with two field trips highlighting aspects of Jamaica’s vulnerability to environmental change.


Following the pattern of five previously-successful Meetings held as the RGS-IBG British-Caribbean Seminar Series, under the CCRG and DARG umbrellas, publication in the form of an edited book and Special Issue(s) of Caribbean Geography will be sought.  The common theme of these Meetings is the search for development strategies that focus on the social and economic needs of people without further deterioration of the region’s fragile environmental resource base. In common with the previous Meetings, contributions will be actively sought from non-geographers, and papers will be encouraged from young geographers either in the final stages of postgraduate research or in their early post-thesis career. 


Presenters who wish their papers to be considered for publication should bring an electronic copy (including any figures and tables) to the meeting.   All submissions will be refereed.


Conference Registration Fees


These fees will include a volume of abstracts, refreshments during paper sessions, and transportation to organized evening meals


International professional:       US$120

International postgraduate:                US$60

Caribbean professional:      US$60

Caribbean postgraduate:       US$30


Costs are given in US dollars as most costs in Jamaica are pegged to the US dollar.

Accommodation Options

The University of the West Indies, Mona, is a campus university located on the outskirts of Kingston. Kingston has many hotels of a variety of standards and prices. However, none are located close to the University campus, public transportation can be difficult, and private taxis can be expensive. It is therefore strongly recommended that conference attendees stay at one of the following options available on campus.


AZ Preston Hall, University of the West Indies

o       Self-catering apartments in UWI Hall of Residence

o       Single Room US$35, Double Room US$50

o       Arranged through conference organizers


Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre

o       Single Room US$95 per night, Double Room US$120

o       Hotel-standard accommodation on campus at the University of the West Indies

o       Includes continental breakfast

o       Limited Accommodation, so early booking advised

o       Phones       (876)-927-2598, (876)-970-2893, (876)- 970-2823

o       E-mail

o       Arranged through conference organizers

Liguanea Club (off campus)

o       Single Room US$130, Double Room US$140 (includes breakfast)

o       Phone               (876) 926-8144

o       Email:     

o       Website   

o       Located in New Kingston, Uptown CBD

o       Hotel can arrange transport to campus



May Fair Hotel(off campus)

o       Single & Double Room US$70 (includes breakfast)

o       Phone               (876) 926-1610

o         Email:   

o       Located in quiet residential area, but taxi required to campus


Meal costs

  • Breakfast can be self-catered or purchased on campus for a cost of approx. US$5 per day
  • Lunch and Snacks are available for purchase on campus during the day  US$5 - US$10
  • Evening meals will be arranged at a variety of local restaurants, at costs of approx. US$20 - US$30 per meal.


Field trips

There will be one urban field trip and one rural field trip. The costs are likely to be around

US$20 for the urban trip and US$50 for the rural trip.