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Dr. Deborah McFee has worked in the area of gender and development since 1998. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, and an MA in the Politics of Alternative Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Deborah graduated in 2019 with her PhD in Global Governance and Human Security from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts (Boston). Her PhD research earned her the 2019 Excellence in PhD Research Prize awarded by the UMass Boston, Department of Global Governance and Human Security. Deborah’s experience includes research on the impact of small arms and light weapons on women and girls in select communities in her country of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as traditional gender norms as drivers of emerging human security vulnerabilities experienced in small island developing states in the Caribbean. She has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, however, her research strength lies in qualitative research methods. She is knowledgeable in utilizing participatory, gender sensitive, qualitative approaches to data collection as a means of engaging in a more inclusive approaches to establishing public policy priorities. From 2005 to present, Deborah has worked throughout the English speaking Caribbean developing national policies for gender equity and equality.
“Alternative development challenges you to engage in policy making premised on creating access. Particularly, creating access with people who traditionally don’t have a voice in the development process.”
Graduate Supervision completed
IGDS and Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Programme (FACRP) project funded by the Commonwealth Foundation Gender and Climate Change Policy Initiative
Oversight of IGDS Short courses (Semester III)
National Workshop for Strengthening Gender Equality in Counterdrug Law Enforcement Agencies (April 2019 Port of Spain).
Rethinking Globalness: Women and Public Policy in Trinidad. (May 2019 UMass Boston)
Winner of the Atlantic LNG CEO’s Sustainability Award 2011 in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility. A proposal developed for the Children’s Water Vacation Camp Project 2011
IGDS Oversight CEDAW South to South Institute July 25th – August 2nd 2019. The IGDS partnered with the CEDAW Committee of Trinidad & Tobago (CCoTT) and the Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI) headquartered in Toronto.
Main Facilitator and Coordinator -National Public Sector-based Gender Focal Point Capacity Training Workshops with the Gender Affairs Division- Office of the Prime Minister, Port of Spain Trinidad.
Project entitled Gender, Culture and Peace in the Classroom. Output - 26 students 14-16 years old trained in gender sensitive, non-violent means of conflict resolution April 09.
IGDS Coordination and oversight of Kalamazoo College Exchange