Small Islands are taking on global challenges and embracing transformative opportunities

Small Islands are taking on global challenges and embracing transformative opportunities


Professor Michelle Mycoo, FEC Academy Member and Caribbean REP representative, shared some interesting news with us:

UNESCO: Professor Michelle Mycoo made a presentation to the online UNESCO High-Level Dialogue: Impacts and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean held on 10 September 2020. Her presentation focused on Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean and included highlights of the pandemic’s economic shock to coastal tourism and opportunities for transformation looking into the future.

SUNRISE: Michelle Mycoo participated and was involved in organising an event associated with the Situated UNderstanding of Resilience in Island Societies and Environments (SUNRISE) project, which looks at the impact of climate change, as well as coping and adaptation strategies, in diverse island communities. The event took place on 16th-17th November 2020.The overarching aim of the SUNRISE project is to identify individual priorities as well as common challenges and explore opportunities to share solutions across different island communities. It drew speakers researching resilience in islands across the Caribbean, the Indian and Pacific regions. The project is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London, the University of Malta, University of Mauritius, University of the Sunshine Coast, and University of the West Indies, and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

PUBLICATION: Michelle Mycoo published a chapter in Handbook of Governance in Small States (2020) edited by Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada and Wouter Veenendaal.  Routledge International Handbooks. Taylor and Francis Group. Professor Mycoo’s chapter was on Environmental governance in small island developing states: Challenges and opportunities for transformation using a Trinidad and Tobago case study, pp 179-194.

AWARD: Professor Mycoo was awarded the The University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s Award for All-Round Excellence 2019/2020 at the award ceremony held in November 2020. The award recognised her excellence in research and public service over the last 5 years. This included her impactful research on issues of relevance to small island developing states such as climate change, sustainable urbanisation, disaster risk reduction and environmental management.  Service to the global community was also recognised and included service as a member of the  International Science Council, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6,Coordinating Lead Author of the Small Islands chapter, Working Group II, UNESCO Scientific Committee Member, Management of Social Transformations, UN-Habitat, Steering Committee Member, University Partnership Initiative and Future Earth Coasts, Regional Engagement Partner.