The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is a group of experts that conduct research on climate change in the Caribbean. We are committed to fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research on the topic of climate change as well as conducting public outreach and supporting student education about environmental change. With Caribbean states being some of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, it is essential that researchers from within and outside of the region are integrally involved in exploring the impacts of climate change and effective ways to adapt. The CCI has already begun research that explores the climate-induced displacement and migration, management strategies for loss and damage in SIDS, as well as the impacts of international agreements on both Pacific and Caribbean SIDS.
Dr. Adelle Thomas’ research explores the vulnerability of small island states to the impacts of climate change and options available for industries and communities to adapt. Thomas is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report and her publications also appear in academic journals such as Regional Environmental Change, Geography Compass and International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. She is the Chairperson of the Public Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the National Climate Change Committee, the co-founder of the Climate Change Initiative and a member of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee. She is also part of Climate Analytics, an international climate change think tank.
Lisa Benjamin is an Assistant Professor in the University of The Bahamas LL.B. Programme, where she teaches courses in environmental, company, trade and intellectual property law. She is a lawyer by training and a member of the Compliance Committee (Facilitative Branch) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Bahamas National Climate Change Committee, and the Public Education and Outreach Subcommittee of the National Climate Change Committee. Since 2008 she has been investigating the role of law in development. Her current research looks at climate change in small island developing states, Caribbean environmental law, the role of companies in climate change, and trade and environmental law.