Under its Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative, the SALISES has successfully completed the project entitled "Extractive Industries as a Platform for the Creation of Knowledge Intensive industries: Trinidad and Tobago’s Oil and Gas Service Providers", funded by the IDRC.
7. Disability Studies Research Cluster
Aim of Cluster: The main aim of the Disability Studies Research Cluster (DSRC) is to conduct research related to persons with disabilities in the Caribbean region for the purpose of promoting evidence-based policies geared towards their improved livelihoods and their full participation in society. The DSRC will also host both public and academic forums to share findings emerging from its research, engage with public awareness projects, as well as collaborate with other academic and non-academic organisations in the region in the conduct and dissemination of disability research.
Members: Dr. Bephyer Parey (Chair)
Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher
Ms. Hannah Enightoola
Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon
Current Activities: The DSRC is currently responsible for operationalizing a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies and the Equal Opportunity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. The ongoing project involves examining the complaints lodged by persons with disabilities to understand (i) the challenges faced by persons with disabilities when accessing education, employment, good and services, and accommodations as well as (ii) the capacity of the existing legislative framework to promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Cluster is also embarking on a public awareness project to showcase the contributions persons with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago make to society.