Implementing and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean: The Role of the Ocean

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Identifying and Articulating Knowledge Needs for the Implementation and Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals in Caribbean Small Island States and Matching Those Needs to Knowledge, Tools, and Data.

Brief Biography

Shelley Jules-Plag
Tiwah UG, Germany and
Old Dominion University, USA

Shelley Jules-Plag is currently conducting research in Engineering Management – Systems Engineering at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The research focuses on utilizing complex system Theory to develop tools for the assessment of policy impact as it relates to the achievement of the sustainable development goals. The systems approach provides and understanding of vulnerability and resilience of humanity through the integration of processes through a Geo-design framework. She holds a B.Sc. in Land Surveying from the University of the West Indies with a specialization in Hydrography. Jules-Plag spent more than eleven years working in the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Initially at the Trinidad and Tobago Hydrographic Unit and later as Systems Manager at the Institute of Marine Affairs. During that tenure she obtained her M.Sc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and later a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Information Systems. In 2000 she took on a regional role as the Regional Archiving Coordinator for the Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change (CPACC) project, facilitating data collection from twelve Caribbean countries. Later, understanding the importance of the human factor her work became more focused on vulnerability and risk-based assessments. She obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Nevada, Reno and in 2010 she obtained a Masters in Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, California. Subsequent to her time in San Diego she accepted a Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand conducting research on the resilience of the urban form and fabric.

Jules-Plag has produced a number of publications and research reports that including:

  • Earth Observing & Science Support for Monitoring and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Supporting the Implementation of SDGs.
  • Informing Policy Development for Subsistence Farming – A Path to Improving Gender Equality through Land Ownership and Access to Financing.
  • Serious Gaming: Implications for Resilience Governance of Critical Infrastructure.

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This workshop was sponsored by:

under grant 80NSSC17K0241