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New Director of the Institute for International Relations

For Release Upon Receipt - September 16, 2016


The UWI Regional Headquarters Jamaica. 16 September 2016. Professor Jessica Byron has been appointed Director of the Institute for International Relations (IIR), at The UWI St Augustine Campus with effect from August 1, 2016.   

She holds a PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (1990), a postgraduate diploma International Relations from The UWI, St Augustine Campus (1979) and a BA in French and Spanish (First Class Hons) from The UWI Cave Hill Campus (1978). 

Prior to her appointment at IIR, Professor Byron, an international relations specialist, was a Professorial Fellow for one year at The UWI Mona Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). She is also the former Head of the Department of Government, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica from 2010 to 2013 and a former UWI Coordinator of a tripartite BSc/MSc programme in Politics and International Cooperation involving The UWI, Universite Antilles-Guyane and the University of Bordeaux IV. 

Coupled with her new role, she currently serves as Visiting Lecturer in the graduate programme on International and Comparative Politics at the Universite Antilles-Guyane and is a member of the CLACSO Working Group on Crisis, Response and Alternatives in the Caribbean. Her research interests include Caribbean and Latin American regionalism and small states/societies in the global political economy. She was the Caribbean convenor on the Executive Committee of a research and advocacy programme “Building Global Democracy” ( based at the University of Warwick 2008 - 2012.  

Professor Byron has written over 50 refereed research based/scholarly publications including book chapters, journal articles, technical reports and book reviews and short monographs.




About the UWI Press 

The University of the West Indies Press is a not-for-profit scholarly publisher of books in fourteen academic disciplines. It is particularly well known for its work in Caribbean history, Caribbean cultural studies, Caribbean literature, gender studies, education and political science. Founded in 1992, the Press has over 350 books in print and has 120 of these books available in the Kindle and Kobo stores. Its books are peer-reviewed and approved by an editorial committee composed of local and international scholars. Over the last twenty years the UWI Press has won over eighty international, regional and national book awards for scholarly, editorial and production excellence. 


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.)