Institute for Gender and Development Studies

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies has a long history of involvement in regional, community and faculty research. Gender Studies is by definition multi-disciplinary or even trans-disciplinary and the Institute seeks to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplinary locations in collaborative research. The regional programme is concerned with gendered issues that affect the Caribbean and aims to build gender consciousness and gender analysis skills in both research and policy in the region. The Institute is also involved in interdisciplinary collaborative research networks including university staff from other faculties and departments as well as other universities. Finally, individual staff members have their own research networks, which reflect their particular interests and areas of expertise.


IGDS Regional Research

The IGDS has a developed an integrated regional research programme across all the three Campuses entitled: Gender in Caribbean Thought: Breaching Frontiers and Understanding Difference. Related themes have been identified including:

  • The Making of Feminisms in the Caribbean
  • Caribbean Gender Ideologies
  • Constructions of Caribbean Masculinities
  • Gender and Education
  • Gender, Science and Technology
  • Gender and Popular Culture
  • Rethinking Caribbean Economy
  • National Gender Policies

IGDS St. Augustine
Research Themes

(Revised 2016–2017)

  1. Agro-Ecology, Conservation and the Environment and Climate Change
  2. Gender-Based Violence
  3. Gender, Communication, Language and Social Media
  4. Gender and Health
  5. Gender, Politics and Leadership
  6. Gender, Sexualities, Ethnicity, Race, Class and Citizenship
  7. Gender and Visual Culture
  8. Masculinity and Men’s Movement Building
  9. Making of Caribbean Feminisms
  10. Political Economy and Gender-Sensitive Policy Making
  11. Women, Gender and Development


Ongoing and recent St. Augustine Unit research projects

These interdisciplinary research projects are conducted in collaboration with UWI academics in other faculties across Campus and with Civil Society and international organizations.

In addition, the St. Augustine unit academic staff conduct smaller research projects while the outreach and research staff are in the process of planning and development of research projects that may be launched in the future. Check back for details as they become available.

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The Making of Feminisms
in the Caribbean 

This Making of Feminisms in the Caribbean project provides a database of relevant historical and documentary materials on feminist activism, since the start of the 20th Century, from which teaching and further research may proceed. 


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Breaking the Silence: 

A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Preventing and Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Trinidad and Tobago

Prof. Rhoda Reddock, Dr. Sandra Reid
The Project seeks to break the silence on the taboo subject of child sexual abuse (CSA)/incest and its implications for HIV throughout Trinidad and Tobago by empowering children, parents, communities, policy makers and service providers who work in child protection, HIV/AIDS and women’s rights.
Overview  |  2011 Website  |  Facebook Page  |  YouTube Playlist  |  Bilingual Resources

For further information please email 
or contact the Lead Researchers 
Prof. Rhoda Reddock
Dr Sandra Reid -

Break the Silence Network
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A Sexual Culture of Justice

Strengthening LGBTQI and GBV Partnerships, Capacity and Efficacy to Promote and Protect Rights in Trinidad and Tobago

This project is a community-university collaboration that provides three years of support for some of the longest-standing and emerging local efforts to transform approaches to partner violence, homophobia, bullying and policing, while building partnerships and organisational capacity. Runs April 2017 to March 2020

IGDS Web page   |   Online E-Portal

For further information regarding this project, please email 
or contact the Lead Researcher at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The UWI
Dr. Angelique Nixon - 


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Work/Life Balance and Ageing: 

Studying the productivity and wellbeing of working men and women

This project examines the contemporary challenges of working women and men aged 40-65 in balancing their work and family life commitments in Trinidad and the way in which this balance is offset or aggravated by the longer life expectancy of the population.

Connecting the Dots: Work.Life.Balance.Ageing - Born out of a three-year research project conducted in the Caribbean, through a mixed-methods approach, including talking circles, time-use journals, and in-depth interviews, Connecting the Dots delves into issues that examine the breadth of adulthood. Facebook page

For further information regarding this project, please contact the Lead Researchers 
Prof. Patricia Mohammed -  
or Dr. Cheryl-Ann Boodram - 


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Politics, Power & Gender Justice in the Anglophone Caribbean:

Women’s Understandings of Politics, Experiences of Political Contestation and the Possibilities for Gender Transformation

The research project examines four strategies to promote democratic governance, women’s rights and gender equality. The study was conducted over a period of 24 months, and took place in Dominica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago in partnership with the following: IGDS, UWI, Mona Campus and IGDS, UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

Website  |   Publications

Lead Researchers
Dr Gabrielle Hosein -
and Professor Jane Parpart 

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The UWI Gender Policy

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Gender Policy is intended to guide The UWI's actions to mainstream gender across the institution by ensuring gender equity in all University practices, policies, procedures and programmes.

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