Caribbean Societies is a new and dynamic website primarily geared at providing extra support to undergraduate students sitting courses in Population Geography, Urban Geography and Urban and Regional Planning at the Mona Campus, University of the West Indies (UWI). The site was created by Dr. Kevon Rhiney in 2011, and is also designed to showcase his academic interests and research experience.
Kevon Rhiney graduated from The University of the West Indies (UWI) with a PhD in Geography in September 2010. His dissertation examined the nature and extent of the market linkages that exist between the tourism and agricultural sectors in Jamaica, using the resort town of Negril as a case study. He currently lectures Human Geography in the Faculty of Science and Technology, at the Mona Campus, University of the West Indies. He also holds the position of President for the Jamaican Geographical Society (JGS), Research Fellow for the Centre for Leadership and Governance (UWI) and is also an Associate Member for the Centre for Research in Economics, Management, Modeling and Applied Informatics (CEREGMIA in French) based at the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Fort de France, Martinique. Dr. Rhiney is also the recipient of a 2012/2013 Commonwealth Fellowship and was awarded a Research Fellowship in January 2013 (Hilary Term) at the Kellogg College,University of Oxford, UK.
Dr. Rhiney’s specific research interests span the rural-urban nexus and include issues surrounding agricultural change and rural development, market liberalization and food security, climate change and agriculuture, public health, tourism development, urban and cultural geographies, and sustainable urban development. Since 2008, Kevon has published several peer-reviewed publications including three book chapters, five journal articles and an entry in the 2010 SAGE Encyclopedia of Human Geography. He has also presented scientific papers at numerous international and regional conferences including the prestigious Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (San Francisco, Boston, Las Vegas, Washington DC, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles). Dr. Rhiney has also provided consultancy and project management services for several local and international organizations in recent years including the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD), CARICOM Commission for Youth Development (CCYD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development USAID (currently), Oxfam GB (2010), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) (2010), Department of Environment, Government of St. Kitts and Nevis (2010), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) (2007). In terms of academic awards, he was the recipient of the Prime Minister of Jamaica's National Youth Award for Excellence in the field of Academics in 2007 and was also awarded the UWI Mona Principal’s Research Award in January 2012 for the ‘Research Project with the Greatest Business and Development Impact’ based on his involvement with the National Youth Mainstreaming Project.
If there are any queries, comments or suggestions about the layout and/or content of this site, please contact Kevon Rhiney at the following addresses: Email: email@example.com or Skype: kevon.rhiney