Institute for Gender and Development Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Study alongside individuals who bring different areas of knowledge to current issues. Explore how gender analysis is necessary across numerous disciplines and is central to transformation of the region toward greater sustainability, equality and social justice.

Postgraduate Studies

Explore gendered issues that affect the Caribbean, become an expert in and produce relevant feminist scholarship, and help to build gender analysis skills and impact in both research and policy.



Get involved in multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary regional, community and faculty research which responds to the issues of our time.


Join us in dialogue and action with a broad range of women and men committed to Caribbean social movements for gender justice, economic justice and climate justice. Contribute to solving local and regional issues and to the development of public policy, advocacy and activism in the wider society.


IGDS Streams





Announcing Transition of Leadership at IGDS
Dr Sue Ann Barratt, Head of Department 
In 2006 I returned to Trinidad from my five year stint at CARIMAC UWI Mona, driven to understand gender relations and the underlying causes of communication conflict as a precursor to GBV. I had no training in feminist thought, I had only a naive understanding of gender as a fundamental element of human life. From the first day I entered the IGDS I was welcomed, accommodated, mentored, and guided by incredible women who taught me to persist with grace.
I couldn’t have made a better choice of place to study and work. Fast forward through studentship, to full time academic faculty, I am now honoured to take on the role of leader, Head of the IGDS, in August 2021. Fifteen years of learning in situ, I am ready to serve the team that will carry on a profound commitment to gender justice, equity and equality. 
“Things become real to you when you see how it impacts real people in a real way,” says Dr Sue Ann Barratt, new Head of the IGDS.
Read more UWI Today article Oct 2021
Professor Paula Morgan new University Director of the IGDS
The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Monday, August 30, 2021The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paula Morgan as the new University Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS). Professor Morgan’s appointment took effect on August 1, 2021, succeeding Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, who held the post since 2017. Read more.




Click here for the Bilingual List of Service Providers  and Support information and downloads. This initiative was developed with support from the Pan American Development Foundation and funding by the United States Government.
Click her to go to the Caribbean Sexualities Knowledge E-Portal on diverse genders and sexualities in the Caribbean developed as part of "A Sexual Culture of Justice” Project.
We welcome your feedback! With our unique and diverse regional resources here in the Caribbean, we are launching a comprehensive series of online short courses and micro-credentials to support professional and personal development. With your input we will be able to identify key target areas, streamline our offerings and respond to your needs. Click HERE to give us your valuable feedback. Thank you!



To produce and disseminate knowledge to transform gender relations in the Caribbean in support of the UWI’s mission to enhance regional and international development.


All UWI Graduates are committed to social justice and the promotion of gender-responsive human relations and development


The IGDS will achieve its mission and vision by producing and delivering interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programmes that are characterized by excellence in:

  • Teaching guided by feminist theories and gender & development perspectives, principles and practices
  • Research and publications that investigate societal issues and challenges from a gender perspective
  • Public service, outreach and activism that transform gender relations and promote social justice
  • Building partnerships and mobilizing resources to facilitate the above



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