Keynote Speaker


Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg

Professor of GIS, Social and Environmental Sciences
University of Massachusetts Global
Faculty President

Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is an author and editor most recently completing a co-edited volume entitled Resilient Communities Across Geographies Esri Press just released in 2021 and GIS Research Methods for Esri Press (2015).  In 2016 she co-edited Extreme Weather, Health and Communities: Interdisciplinary Engagement Strategies for Springer Press. She is currently working a new edited volume entitled Social Vulnerability, Climate and Health: in the Age of COVID 19.  Professor Steinberg also co-authored, GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place (2006) for Sage Publications. Steinberg is a keynote speaker at professional conferences and meetings having served as a panelist at the Esri UC Science Symposium and invited GIS Day guest speaker for Kansas State University (2017). In 2016 she was invited as the keynote speaker at the European Sociological Association (ESA) Qualitative Methods Research Network Conference in Krakow, Poland spoke on GIS for community engagement & empowerment. Sheila is on the Board of the Applied Geography Conferences. Her research focuses on the connection between people, places and environments considering local knowledge, networks and the power of community engagement.

Program, November 16, 2022

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Welcome

  • José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Charles Eckman, Dean and University Librarian
  • Leonidas Bachas: Dean, College of Arts and Science
  • Jorge Quintela: Instruction and Engagement Data Librarian, University of Miami Libraries

 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Round Table

  • Haoluan Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development


  • Liza Khmara, Abess Center for Ecosystem and Policy. Do protected areas constrain local economic development in the United States? A spatial analysis.
  • Larissa Montas Bravo, College of Engineering. Spatial analysis of satellite-based AOD and ground-based measurements to evaluate oil spill effects on coastal air quality. 
  • Abraham K. Parrish, University of Miami Libraries. Integrated Climate Risk Assessment for Miami Dade County

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker

  • Justin Stoler, Associated Professor, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development


  • Sheila Steinberg, Professor, University of Massachusetts Global, Creating Resilient Communities Across Geographies

2:15 pm – 3 pm:  Digital Exhibit. Presentations.

  • Jorge Quintela, Instruction and Engagement Librarian, University of Miami Libraries.


  • TBD