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Academic Conference: Alleviating Inequalities/Integrating Approaches

For Release Upon Receipt - March 7, 2017

St. Augustine

The Department of Behavioural Sciences (DOBS) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), St. Augustine Campus, will host its 3rd biennial academic conference entitled “The Importance of Social Sciences research in the Caribbean: Alleviating Inequalities/Integrating Approaches” on March 22-23 at The Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

This conference is a timely platform from which presenters will add to the existing body of knowledge towards Caribbean region development. It provides a space for scholars, working professionals and students to present their latest research and discuss future prospects in the field of Social Science. Topics to be addressed include Social and Community Studies, Regional Security, Politics and Accountability, Gender and Sexuality, Inclusive Education, Social Change and Community Development. The conference also includes state-of-the art methodologies for addressing social issues across the English-speaking Caribbean. The DOBS is looking forward to the participation of the wider, national community in these upcoming discussions as it fulfils its duty to share and develop knowledge with all in Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. The conference will also focus on professional skills and solutions for the transition from Graduate study into the world of work. Organisers anticipate that these discussions can promote the use of social sciences for development and individual well-being. Dr. Christine Descartes of the conference committee hopes the sessions will allow persons to “discuss the challenges of inequality we face in the Caribbean and identify what we can do through social science research to co-construct a better future for the Caribbean." 

The DOBS invites members of the public to register to attend this event by emailing either Dr. Christine Descartes ( or Dr. Dylan Kerrigan ( The adult and/or faculty registration fee is $175 and $70 for students. The conference is free of charge to students of The UWI.  


About DOBS

The DOBS at St. Augustine is a multidisciplinary department, comprising the disciplinary units - Sociology, Psychology, Social Work and Criminology. The Department’s vision is, “to enhance knowledge, understanding and analysis of social reality through high quality research and teaching, with specific emphasis on the Caribbean environment.” 

About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, the UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)