Oronde Drakes is a doctoral candidate in geography. Drakes holds a Masters of Environmental Hazards and Geographic Information Systems from the Coventry University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Guyana. His previous work focused on flood vulnerability mapping and the impact of sea level rise on the coastal defences of the Demerara - Mahaica region of Guyana. Drakes has worked as a GIS and hazard specialist consultant for international development agencies and NGOs, and Guyana’s national hazard management agency, contributing to management plans for national parks and regional hazard vulnerability profiles. He simultaneously functioned as a part time lecturer at the University of Guyana, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Education and Humanities.
Drakes’ current research examines the local processes that produce social vulnerability in multi-hazard settings. His work investigates human–environment interactions that create social vulnerability across multiple scales, and development of spatially adaptive indices. This research blends participatory methods with geospatial analysis to explore relationships between the relationship between multi-hazard exposure, susceptibility, coping capacity and disaster outcomes.
Key research Concepts:
Social vulnerability, indicators, multi-hazards, disaster assistance, integrated risk and hazard assessments, participatory vulnerability assessments