Eranga Galappaththi

Eranga Galappaththi (Ph.D. in Geography, McGill University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech. Prior to Virginia Tech, he worked as a Research Scientist in the Arctic and Aquatic Research Division (Arctic Salmon group) of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Also, Eranga was a Research Professional for the Institute of Integrative Biology and Systems at Laval University and is currently leading Indigenous research in Sri Lanka as part of the COVID Observatories project (University of Leeds). His recent research is central to climate change adaptation in remote Indigenous communities and their local food systems. The research has a strong empirical focus on community-based adaptation, particularly in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. Eranga integrates concepts from social-ecological resilience, vulnerability, adaptation, and food security. Also, he brings a broader perspective to his research, using systematic literature reviews that contribute to global-level assessments. During his PhD, in which he partnered with Inuit (Canada) and Coastal-Vedda (Sri Lanka) communities, Eranga examined opportunities for climate change adaptation in Indigenous fisheries systems. He will contribute to LICCI through Inuit and Coastal-Vedda case studies.