Researcher Profile


Dr. Randy Seepersad

Dr. Randy Seepersad


  • T.Dip., B.Sc. (First Class Hons.), M.Phil. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Toronto)




  • Lecturer and Coordinator of the Criminology Unit



Courses taught:



  • Police and Society
  • Sociology of Penal Practice



  • Research Methods and Statistics in Criminology
  • Youth Violence and Delinquency
  • Restorative Justice
  • Current Trends in Sociological Theory
  • Caribbean Social Problems
  • Crime and Public Policy



Research Interests:


Poverty, inequality, relative deprivation, deportation, youth crime and justice, penology, psychology and crime, philosophy of science, quantitative analysis and research methodology in the social sciences.



Publications :


  • Seepersad, Randy (2014) Gangs in Trinidad and Tobago.  In Anthony Harriott and Charles Katz (Eds.) Gangs in the Caribbean:  Their Rise and impact on the patterns of crime, state and politics.  University of the West Indies Press. (In Press)
  • Williams, D., R. Seepersad (2014). Retribution vs. Reintegration: The Trinidad and Tobago Reality in Hell on Earth: The State of Prisons in the Americas in the 21st century Ed Jonathan Rosen and Marten Brienen. (In Press)
  • Seepersad, R., D. Williams & A. Patenaude (2014). To Hold and Train: The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service in The Justice Report Ed by John Winterdyk. (In Press)
  • Barnes, Annmarie and Randy Seepersad (2014)  Citizen Security and Justice Programme 2013 Baseline Study.  The Ministry of National Security, Jamaica (152 pages).
  • Seepersad, Randy (2013) Street Gangs and Violence in Trinidad and Tobago.  Journal of Gang Research, Vol. 21, No. 1, Fall 2013.  p. 17-42.
  • Seepersad, Randy and Bissessar, Ann Marie (2013) Gangs in the Caribbean.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing (290 pages).  ISBN (10): 1-4438-5057-8, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-5057-5
  • Seepersad, Randy (2013) Crime in the Caribbean.  In Randy Seepersad and Annmarie Bissessar (Eds.) Gangs in the Caribbean.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Wortley, Scot and Randy Seepersad (2013) The Jamaica National Crime Victimization Survey 2012-13. The Ministry of National Security, Jamaica (301 pages).
  • Seepersad, Randy (2013)  Drug Use and Criminal Behaviour among the Prison Population in Trinidad and Tobago.  Organization of American States, Washington (150 pages).
  • Seepersad, Randy (2012) The relation between eating disorders and self esteem in adolescents in Trinidad.  Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Vol. 2(1), 102-127, December 2012.  UWI, St. Augustine.
  • United Nations Development Programme (2012) Caribbean Human Development Report: Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security.  UNDP, New York.  Primary Editor: Anthony Harriott; National Author for Trinidad and Tobago: Randy Seepersad.  ISBN: 9789962688082.
  • Seepersad, Randy (2012) Citizen Security Programme Expansion Report. Citizen Security Programme, Ministry of National Security, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Esnard, Talia; Seepersad, Randy and Williams, Dianne (2012) Nature Nurture Evaluation Report.  Energy Alliance (BGTT, BPTT and Atlantic LNG).
  • Barnes, Annmarie; Mark Shields and Randy Seepersad (2011) Capacity assessment of forensic laboratories in CARICOM member states. CARICOM IMPACS.
  • Seepersad, Randy and Williams, Dianne (2011) Citizen Insecurity in Trinidad and Tobago.  Document prepared for the UNDP’s Human Development Report on Citizen Security in the Caribbean (193 pages).
  • Barnes, Annmarie and Seepersad, Randy (2008) Beyond Boundaries: A comparative study on criminal deportation in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).  ISBN: 978-976-95235-0-0
  • Wortley, Scot, Randy Seepersad, Rashmee Singh, Andrea McCalla, Natasha Madon, Carolyn Greene, Nicole Myers, Carolyn Cotes-Lussier and Terry Roswell (2008) “The Root Causes of Youth Violence: A Review of Major Theoretical Perspectives.” Pp. 1-228 in Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling (Eds.), The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence: Volume Five. Toronto: Queens Printer for Ontario. ISBN 978-1-4249-7994-3 (Print Volume 5), ISBN 978-1-4249-8000-0 (PDF Volume 5) ISBN 978-1-4249-8011-6 (CD-ROM)
  • Rollocks, Steve; Natasha Dass; Randy Seepersad and Linda Mohammed (2008) The Role of Religiosity in Influencing Adolescent Alcohol Use in Trinidad. Journal of Drug Education, Volume 38, Number 4, p. 367-376.
  • Rollocks, Steve; Natasha Dass; Linda Mohammed and Randy Seepersad (2007) Exploring Differences in the Dimensions of Self-Esteem among Urban Indo- and Afro-Trinidadians.  Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Volume 2, Issue 2, p. 65-77.
  • Seepersad, Randy (2007) A Study of Youth Involvement in Crime and Violence in Jamaica.   Commissioned by the Ministry of National Security, Jamaica (124 pages).
  • Wortley, Scot; Rosemary Gartner; Randy Seepersad and Andrea McCalla (2006) The Jamaica National Crime Victimization Survey 2006. The Ministry of National Security, Jamaica (272 pages).



Books Forthcoming


Seepersad, Randy and Dianne Williams (forthcoming) Crime and Insecurity in Trinidad and Tobago.