Tisha Joseph Holmes


I am committed to seeking sustainable pathways to reducing risk and building socio-ecological resilience to natural and industrial hazards. My research intends to promote grassroots level capacities through community outreach and participatory engagement. I work to build new bridges between scholarship and practice to uncover the intricacy of issues facing highly vulnerable localities while engaging and empowering communities to identify and direct their pathways towards shaping more resilient places. My teaching philosophy is guided by a desire to expand critical thinking, technical competence and hands-on engagement in order to advance inclusive and socially just solutions to environmental problems faced by marginalized and vulnerable groups.


Ph.D.: UCLA, 2015, Urban Planning
MPA: Columbia University, 2005, Environmental Science & Policy
BA: Williams College, 2004, Political Science; Environmental Studies

Research Activities

Sea level rise adaptation planning

Public health adaptation to climate change

Rural resilience planning

Selected Publications

Holmes, T. T. J., Williams, P., Wong, S., Smith, K., Bandzuh, J., & Uejio, C. (2022). Assessment of an evacuation shelter program for people with access and functional needs in Monroe County, Florida during Hurricane Irma. Social Science and Medicine, 306, 115108. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115108

Holmes, T. T. J., Holt, A., & English, D. (2022). Progress in local health department planning actions for climate change: Lessons from California, USA. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 19, 7984. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19137984

Melix, B., Uejio, C., Jackson, A., Butler, W., & Holmes, T. T. J. (2022). Locating Neighborhood Displacement Risks to Climate Gentrification Pressures in Three Coastal Counties in Florida. Professional Geographer. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2022.2087695

Holmes, T. T. J., Mathias, J., & McCreary, T. (2021). What’s Problem with Disaster? Anthropology, Social Work and the Qualitative Slot. Qualitative Social Work, 20, 1496-1516. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14733250211039517

Holmes, T. T. J., & Butler, W. (2021). Implementing a mandate to plan for sea level rise: Top-down, bottom-up and middle out actions in the Tampa Bay Region. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(12), 2214-2232. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2020.1865885

Butler, W., Holmes, T. T. J., & Lange, Z. (2021). Mandated Planning for Climate Change: Responding to the Peril of Flood Act for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Florida. Journal of American Planning Association, 87(3), 370-382. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2020.1865188

Coutts, C., Holmes, T. T. J., & Jackson, A. (2019). Forest Policy, Conservation Activities and Ecosystem Services in the Remote Misuku Hills of Malawi. Forests, 10(1056). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f10121056

Holmes, T. T. J., & Eisenman, D. (2019). Incremental advancements in public health adaptation to climate change in Florida. Cities and Health. doi: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.108

Grossman, E., Hathaway, M., Callihane, M., English, D., Holmes, T. T. J., Moran, C., Uejio, C., York, E., & Dorevitch, S. (2018). Mini-grants to local health departments: An opportunity to promote climate change preparedness. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. Retrieved from doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000826

Jackson, A., Holmes, T. T. J., & McCreary, T. (2020). Gown Goes to Town: Negotiating Mutually Beneficial Relationships between College Students, City Planners, and a Historically Marginalized African American Neighborhood. Societies, 10(3). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10030061

Holmes, T. T. J. (2017). Ecotourism and rural disaster resilience in Trinidad & Tobago. In Alan Lew, & Joseph Cheer (Eds.), Tourism, Resilience and Environmental Change. Routledge.

Tisha Joseph Holmes

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Climate change and adaptation strategies in coastal zones, promoting socio-ecological resilience in marginalized communities, planning in ecologically sensitive areas, community participation and engagement.

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