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Patrick Kent Watson - Director

Prof. Patrick Watson

Currently University Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies, Professor Watson is also Coordinator of Economic Measurement Unit, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1995-2003).

He obtained his BSc in Commerce from the University of Leeds in 1973 and his L-es-Econ, M-es-Econ, and PhD in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris in 1980. Areas of expertise include Econometric Modelling of Caribbean phenomena (in particular monetary and fiscal policy), Economic Measurement and Statistical Analysis.

Professor Watson's publications include books and articles in the area of Theoretical and Applied Econometrics and Caribbean Economy. He is also involved in the supervision of PhD and Master's theses and projects, and teaching of quantitative economic courses at Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

Current research interests include, Empirical Caribbean modelling with emphasis on the evaluation of economic policy; the hidden economy in the Caribbean region: size, causes, consequences; poverty and poverty reduction with special reference to the Caribbean; Computable General Equilibrium model of Trinidad & Tobago; financial markets in the Caribbean.

Other professional activities are consulting in areas involving economic measurement (measurement of capital stock, poverty issues, monetary and financial issues). He is a member of the Board of Directors of various State Enterprises and of Government Committees and conducts executive level training in statistical and econometric analysis (including the use of software like Eviews and SPSS).


Selwyn Ryan
Former Director 1986 - 2003

Professor Selwyn Ryan received a BA (Hons.) degree in History from the University of Toronto in 1960 and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University in 1966.

Since then, he has taught at York University in Toronto, the University of Ghana, Makerere University in Uganda and in the Department of Government of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. At the latter, he was Departmental Head from 1976 to 1979

He has also been a member of two Constitutional Commissions established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Press Council and President of Caribbean Studies Association (1989 - 1990). He has also been the University Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies. He has been the Director of the St. Augustine Branch of the Institute since 1986.


Jack Harewood
Former Director 1970 - 1985

Jack Harewood, was born in San Fernando, Trinidad. He was educated at the London School of Economics between 1949 and 1952, where he gained his BSc in Economics. His special subject was Statistics, including Social Statistics and Demography. His postgraduate work included three months of training in Sampling at Rothamstead Experimental Station in England, and a six month period of special work in Demography at Chicago University.

Upon returning home, Mr Harewood served as Assistant Government Statistician for Trinidad and Tobago during the 1957-1968 period and Associate Director, Census Research Programme at the University of the West Indies during the 1968-1970 period. He was appointed to the post of Associate Director of ISER, St. Augustine in 1970. Mr Jack Harewood had travelled widely and several occasions attended prestigious conferences such as the World Population Conference in Belgrade and those convened by the International Statistical Institute and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

During his illustrious and distinguished career he authored a monograph entitled; The Population of Trinidad and Tobago, the CICRED Series, 1975. He was also the author of several other monograph, journal, articles and chapters in edited texts. Mr. Harewood was also engaged in a number of technical Studies that included directing and writing numerous reports and papers associated with the World Fertility Surveys and the Population and Housing Censuses in the Anglophone Caribbean


Norma Abdulah 1930 - 2003
Former Deputy Director
Senior Research Fellow

Norma Abdulah was born in Jamaica on October 28, 1930 and educated at Oxford University (St. Hugh's College) between 1950 and 1953 where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Her special subject was Statistics. Her postgraduate work was done at Nuffield College, Oxford from 1953 to 1954 where she gained a Certificate in Statistics.

Ms. Abdulah returned to Jamaica where she served as a Research Fellow, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica for a short period in 1954. In Trinidad, she was employed as a Statistician with the Central Statistical Office during the period 1954 - 1956 and Assistant Census Officer, Trinidad and Tobago, 1957 -1960. In 1970 she was appointed to the post of Research Fellow, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, then it was agreed that the post of Deputy Associate Director, ISER, St.. Augustine, be conferred on her in 1982.

Norma Abdulah attended several conferences and meetings, such as the UNESCO Conference on Education, Bogota, Colombia, Seminar on "Population Growth Targets" held in Trinidad, April, 1973 by the Committee for the Co-ordination of National Research in Demography: (CICRED), Meetings of the International Statistical Institute and the International Association of Survey Statisticians; Vienna, Austria, August, 1973 and the Meeting of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population; Liege, Belgium; August - September, 1973.

Mrs. Abdulah was the author of several monographs published by the ISER, the International Statistical Institute and Macro International. She contributed articles to edited texts and was also the author of several technical reports. One of her major contributions was the book entitled: Designing Social Surveys for the Caribbean