Neil Oculi, Ph.D.

Title

Lecturer in Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values

Education

Ph.D. in Geography
University of Connecticut (CT, USA)

M.A. in International Studies
University of Connecticut (CT, USA)

B.A. in Human Ecology
College of the Atlantic (ME, USA)

Teaching

SFS 3020 Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

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About

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Neil is an interdisciplinary political geographer. He received his Ph.D. in Geography and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine and studied farm management and rural development at the United World College in Venezuela. Neil has taught courses in Geography, Globalization, and Global Environmental Politics at the University of Connecticut. Neil has also taught an Environmental Studies course at the University of Hartford. His research interests include the vulnerability of Small Island Development State (SIDS), foreign policy analysis, international climate change policy, modeling of sea-level rise within SIDS, and hydro and hydraulic modeling of flood events within SIDS. His research has taken him to Venezuela, Mexico, Tanzania, and the Caribbean, his home region.

Born and raised in Saint Lucia, Neil’s passion for environmental justice and climate change sprouted during his time as the president of a local environmental club, the Mabouya Valley Environmental Club. Serving in that role, he managed local environmental projects such as river stabilization, watershed management and education, youth Heritage Tourism initiatives, etc. Over the years, Neil has continued to serve his community as a member of the St. Lucian delegation to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC.