Affiliation: Researcher, Climate Studies Group The University of the West Indies, Mona, Climate Studies Group
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Tracy-Ann Hyman is currently a Research Assistant with the Climate Studies Group in the Department of Physics, U.W.I. Mona, Jamaica. She is responsible for providing technical research support to the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project in Jamaica. This project is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the United Nations Environment programme and is funded by the European Union. The project’s objective is to ‘increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards in vulnerable areas, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of Jamaica.’
Tracy–Ann wears different caps, as she is also the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Jamaican Bi-literacy and Bible reading project. This project sensitizes persons across the island on the translation of the Bible into Jamaican Creole.
In 2008, she received a Japanese Government scholarship which allowed her to pursue a Masters degree in Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Her research focused on Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for operations along the Coastlines of Jamaica and Asia. While in Japan, she won the ‘Best Paper Award’ for her thesis research at the Asia Pacific Forum in Beppu, Japan in 2010.
Tracy-Ann has extensive work experience in Hotel and Tourism Management, Training & Development, Adult Literacy, Sales and Marketing, Market Research, Administration, Project & Environmental Management, Community Development, Health, Safety and Emergency Management. She has also received several awards, one of which includes the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Award for the preservation of the Natural Environment in June 2004.
Her current research interests focus on Vulnerability Methodologies and Adaptation Strategies for Small Island States in light of Climate Change. She is also a member of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Jamaica.