Erin Friedman

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Research Interests

  • Disaster risk reduction, development, vulnerability discourse, small island states, GIS.

Dissertation Topic: Discourses of climate change vulnerability in Antigua, West Indies.

Advisor: William Solecki

Erin is a PhD candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography Concentration) at the Graduate Center CUNY. Her research uses ethnographic and GIS methods to study the discursive construction of climate change vulnerability in the Caribbean. She is a senior graduate research fellow with the NSF funded Urban Resilience to Extremes (UREx) Sustainable Research Network (SRN), an interdisciplinary network that studies and supports urban infrastructure decision-making under climatic uncertainty in North and Latin America, and the Caribbean. Erin also works with the social science team of the NOAA funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Regional Integrated and Sciences Assessments (RISA) project which focuses on providing stakeholders and decision-makers in the United States urban Northeast with information and support in managing and evaluating climate risk.


  • In Press      Friedman, E., C. Look, M. Brown. Using UAVs to Manage Archaeological Heritage: A Multi-Scale Analysis Approach. An Archaeology of Caribbean Sugar: History and Discovery on Antigua. Ed. G. Fox. University Press of Florida
  • 2019           Friedman, E., R. Breitzer, W.D. Solecki. Communicating extreme event policy windows: discourses on Hurricane Sandy and policy change in Boston and New York City. Environmental Science and Policy 100, 55-65
  • 2019            Look, C., E. Friedman, G. Godbout. The Resilience of Land Tenure Regimes during Hurricane Irma: How Colonial Legacies Impact Disaster Response and Recovery in Antigua and Barbuda. Journal of Extreme Events (6) 1, 194004
  • 2018           Solecki, W.D., E. Friedman. Approaching Risk and Hazards in the New Urban Agenda: A Commentary. The New Urban Agenda: From Vision to Policy and Action. Planning Theory and Practice 19(1), 130-133
  • 2018             McPhillips, L.E., H. Chang, M. V. Chester, Y. Depietri, E. Friedman, N.B. Grimm, J.S. Kominoski, P. Méndez-Lázaro, T. McPhearson, E.J. Rosi, J.S. Shiva. Defining extreme events: a cross-disciplinary review. Earth's Future, 6(3), 441-455