Tisha Holmes

Assistant Professor
Tisha Holmes

Contact Information

Urban and Regional Planning

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.


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.


PhD – UCLA – 2015 – Urban Planning
MPA – Columbia University – 2005 – Environmental Science and Policy
BA – Williams College – 2004 – Political Science; Environmental Studies

Research Activities

Building Resilience Against Climate Effects Program (BRACE) in Florida and California. Regional sea level rise adaptation planning in South Florida. 

Selected Publications

Jackson, A., Parker, M., Turner DeVera, L., Garcia-Zambrana, I. Holmes, T., Shiau, E., and Medina, C. (2018). Moving the Needle: Early Findings on Faculty Approaches to Integrate Culturally Competent Pedagogy into Educational Spaces. eJournal of Public Affairs, 7 (2). http://www.ejournalofpublicaffairs.org/moving-the-needle/

Grossman, E., Hathaway,M., Callihane, M., English, D., Holmes, T., 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. June 21, 2018 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000826

Uejio, C., Morano, L.H., Jung, J., Kintzinger, K., Jagger, M., Chalmers, Holmes, T. (2018) Occupational heat exposures among municipal workers. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 91,705-715

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

Pincetl, S., Chadwick, B., & Holmes, T. (2012). An expanded urban metabolism method: Towards a systems approach for assessing urban energy processes and causes. Landscape Urban Planning, 107, 193-202.

Holmes, T. (2010). Sa ou fe, se li ou we: Rebuilding governance in post-earthquake Haiti. Critical Planning Journal, 17, 141-152.