Science, Human Population Dynamics, and Development Policy Agendas in Caribbean SIDS

Event Date(s): 22/07/2022

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) has embarked on a project that aims to showcase the achievements and expertise of its Fellows. This series continues featuring Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard. Join Dr.  St. Bernard on July 22nd, 2022 at 10 am as he presents a virtual seminar titled, Science, Human Population Dynamics, and Development Policy Agendas in Caribbean SIDS.

Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard is the Acting Director, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Between 1980 and 1987, he worked as a statistician in the Central Statistical Office (CSO) in Trinidad and Tobago and was responsible for the production of social and vital statistics.He obtained a B.A Mathematics and Economics (1980) from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, his M.A Sociology (1989) and his Ph.D. Social Demography (1993) from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario, Canada. He was the recipient of a CIDA/CELADE Fellowship during 1987-1991 and a Population Council Fellowship during 1991-1992.

His research interests have focused on population dynamics and sustainable development; evidence-based decision-making in social policy research and practice; the wellbeing of children and youth; violence prevention and safety promotion; vulnerability and resilience in small states; and return migration.  Dr. St. Bernard is the co-author of one book entitled, “Behind the Bridge – Power, Politics and Patronage in Laventille, Trinidad” (1997) and a number of other monographs and technical papers.  Additionally, he has authored more than 50 scholarly studies that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited books, and other knowledge-production formats.

As a demographer/statistician and survey research specialist, Dr. St. Bernard has been the Lead Researcher on local, regional, and international projects.  Since 2017, he has been the Project Leader on two international projects.  He has travelled globally and presented more than 180 papers at conferences on every continent. During the period 2006-2009, he was a co-leader of a CARICOM Project that trained in excess of 100 Caribbean statisticians and senior research professionals in the use of formal demographic techniques for analysing census and sample survey data. Dr. St. Bernard conceptualised and pioneered the establishment of the M.Sc. In Development Statistics in SALISES.. He has supervised three doctoral candidates and more than 100 candidates who read for their Master’s degrees.

In 2012-2013, he was the President of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) and continues to serve the CSA sharing his experience with its membership. He is also a member of numerous other professional associations in disciplines such as Demography, Sociology, and Statistics. Since January 2020, Dr. St. Bernard has been the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board of the Journal of the Caribbean Association of Professional Statisticians (JCAPS).

Interested persons can register at https://bit.ly/policyagendasincaribbeansids

For more information on this event email salises@sta.uwi.edu  


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