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Research in the Caribbean

Under the leadership of Professor Lee Miles, BUDMC has been conducting innovative research across the Caribbean in both UK overseas territories and independent nations examining single points of failure in crisis and disaster management planning and execution.


Caribbean Islands are uniquely vulnerable to natural hazards particularly hurricanes and sea surge. Being isolated from wider support networks from the US and Europe during such incidents means the islands need robust disaster management plans and systems in place to withstand and respond to incidents particularly in the immediate aftermath.

Having worked with both the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Ministry of Defence (MOD) on projects to build resilience and improve disaster management in the region BUDMC has excellent links to in country staff and organisations to facilitate in country research. Professor Lee Miles and his team worked in the British Virgin Islands pre and post Hurricane Irma to establish a data set around single points of failure in crisis and disaster response. Across 2018 and 2019 further research was conducted in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to identify single points of failure and extrapolate and analyse trends across the Caribbean.

The accompanying pictures showcase the devastation witnessed by our team when visiting the British Virgin Islands post Hurricane Irma in 2017.


For more information on this project please contact Professor Lee Miles.