Mindset: Monitoring Data for Informal Settlement

The University of Technology, Jamaica through its Faculty of The Built Environment in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and Anton de Kom University of Suriname have received third-party grant funding through the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) as part of the ACP Innovation Fund sponsored by the 11th European Union Development Fund, to implement the project titled “Harnessing Innovative Technologies to Support Resilient Settlements on the Coastal Zones of the Caribbean (HIT RESET Caribbean)”.


The aim of this collaboration is for HIT RESET Caribbean to finance innovations in support of resilient coastal settlements in the Caribbean.  To this end, UTech, Jamaica has partnered with Acacia Consulting & Research (Canada) and Nouvel Strategies (Saint Lucia) to look at the use of data and tools to map and monitor coastal informal settlements, for Jamaica and St. Lucia.  We are also seeking to partner with the Urban Development Corporation which is greatly concerned about informal settlements on UDC land to increase the local perspective of the HIT RESET project.  The expected funding is Euro 336,023.89 payable to UTech, Jamaica over the duration of the project to cover staff and equipment costs associated with the project activities.


The Faculty project team comprises the following team members:

-        Prof. Carol Archer, Project Lead/Urban Planner - The Project Lead will oversee the technical management of the Project and liaise with the key stakeholder as necessary to ensure challenges to implementation are overcome and will be the main point of verbal communication on the project.


-        Dr. Glendon Newsome, Land Surveyor/GIS Specialist - The Land Surveyor/GIS Specialist will collect datasets from settlements, model testing and testing of methodology, work with the statistics department to create custom census profiles, assist Project Lead with validation of methodology, validation of the site selection of the communities, assist with the validation of the methodology and create a common platform with Jamaica and St. Lucia


-        Mr. Keniel Roberts, Land Surveyor - The Land Surveyor will assist the (commissioned) Land Surveyor/GIS Specialist in all activities.


-        Ms. Sheryll Thomas, Project Manager - The Project Manager will support day to day communications with the HIT-RESET Caribbean team, review and submit Project deliverables, and manage contracts and budgets, Project finances, assist with the scheduling of meetings and preparation of reports.



Oversight of the project activities will be undertaken by assigned members of the SGSRE in accordance with the University’s procedural mandate for projects.

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