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International communications scholar, researcher and policy analyst to deliver feature address

For Release Upon Receipt - August 24, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. August 24, 2015 – Hopeton Dunn, Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media, and Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication and the Mona ICT Policy Centre at The University of The West Indies (The UWI) Mona Campus, will be the Feature Speaker at the 2015 Human Communication Studies Conference,​ ​Identity, Context and Interdisciplinarity in Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean and Beyond, September 24-25 at the St. Augustine Campus of The UWI.   

Professor Dunn, who is also Chairman of the regulatory body, the Jamaica Broadcasting Commission, is a former Secretary General of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. He​ is expected to offer solid insights in the areas of New Media Technologies, Theories of Globalisation, and the Political Economy of African and Caribbean Media. Prof Dunn is an active international advocate on issues of ICT Access and on research-driven policymaking for countries of the Global South.  

Human communication studies research focusses on understanding and shaping human interaction in all facets.  The evolving research and practice in the Caribbean is​ accompanied by the design,​delivery and growth of successful undergraduate and graduate programmes and research days and seminars regionally and internationally. This year’s accepted presentations include such engaging topics as: ‘Channel Surfing’ A Study of the Efficacy of Communication Modes and Channels Used to Engage Employees and Culture In The Digital Age: A Study of Public Sector Institutions in Trinidad and Tobago in Promoting Online Cultural Content. There will also be a special panel on Corporate Communications.  

Conference Chair Dr Godfrey Steele, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Communication Studies programme at the St. Augustine Campus​, is​ inviting all local Communications Professionals and Researchers in Public Relations, Marketing, Mass Communication, Social Media Marketing, Content Management, International Relations, Telecommunications Policy, Digital Media and Communications Research, to discuss the latest global​ human communication studies research.  

Registration costs US$250 for Association for Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean (AHCSC) member presenters and participants, and US$300 for non-AHCSC member presenters and participants. Interested persons are encouraged to register online and pay by August 28, 2015 to get the discounted rate. 

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About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)