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View of the north coast of Trinidad from the Toco Radio Building, Toco, North East, Trinidad


The Institute for Gender and Development Studies has a long history of involvement in regional, community and faculty research. Gender Studies is by definition multi-disciplinary or even trans-disciplinary and the Institute seeks to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplinary locations in collaborative research. The regional programme is concerned with gendered issues that affect the Caribbean and aims to build gender consciousness and gender analysis skills in both research and policy in the region. The Institute is also involved in interdisciplinary collaborative research networks including university staff from other faculties and departments as well as other universities. Finally, individual staff members have their own research networks, which reflect their particular interests and areas of expertise.


IGDS Regional Research Programme

The IGDS has a developed an integrated regional research programme across all the three Campuses entitled: Gender in Caribbean Thought: Breaching Frontiers and Understanding Difference. Related themes have been identified including:

  • The Making of Feminisms in the Caribbean
  • Caribbean Gender Ideologies
  • Constructions of Caribbean Masculinities
  • Gender and Education
  • Gender, Science and Technology
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Rethinking Caribbean Economy
  • National Gender Policies
Regional Research Projects


IGDS St Augustine Research Programme

Research Themes Revised 2016–2017

1. Agro-Ecology, Conservation and the Environment

2. Gender-Based Violence

3. Gender, Communication, Language and Social Media

4. Gender and Health

5. Gender, Politics and Leadership

6. Gender, Sexualities, Ethnicity, Race, Class and Citizenship

7. Gender and Visual Culture

8. Masculinity and Men’s Movement Building

9. Making of Caribbean Feminisms

10. Political Economy and Gender-Sensitive Policy Making

11. Women, Gender and Development


Current St. Augustine research projects

These are the main ongoing research projects at the IGDS, St. Augustine Unit. These interdisciplinary research projects are conducted in collaboration with UWI academics in other faculties across Campus and with Civil Society and international organizations.

In addition, the St. Augustine unit academic staff conduct smaller research projects while the outreach and research staff are in the process of planning and development of research projects that may be launched in the future. Check back for details as they become available.

SCJ stampA Sexual Culture of Justice: Strengthening LGBTQI and GBV Partnerships, Capacity and Efficacy to Promote and Protect Rights in Trinidad and Tobago

For further information: Dr. Angelique Nixon
This project is a new community-university collaboration that provides three years of support for some of the longest-standing and emerging local efforts to transform approaches to partner violence, homophobia, bullying and policing, while building partnerships and organisational capacity. Runs April 2017 to March 2020


Work/Life Balance and ageing in Trinidad: Studying the productivity and wellbeing of working men and women

Prof. Patricia Mohammed, Dr. Cheryl-Ann Boodram
This project examines the contemporary challenges of working women and men aged 40-65 in balancing their work and family life commitments in Trinidad and the way in which this balance is offset or aggravated by the longer life expectancy of the population.

btsecsa websiteBreaking the Silence: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Preventing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Trinidad and Tobago

Prof. Rhoda Reddock, Dr. Sandra Reid

The Project seeks to break the silence on the taboo subject of child sexual abuse (CSA)/incest and its implications for HIV throughout Trinidad and Tobago by empowering children, parents, communities, policy makers and service providers who work in child protection, HIV/AIDS and women’s rights.