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Faces of Women Fisher Folk Barbados 2019. Debra D. Joseph

This 32-page magazine highlights pictures of 12 women fisher folk who participated in the research with brief comments from each. Pictures depicting the lives and work of the women using photo voice were also included. Comments were tendered by the researcher and a member of CERMES.

The small-scale fisheries sector tends to be firmly rooted in local communities, traditions and values. Many small-scale fishers are self- employed. Women are significant participants in the sector, particularly in processing activities. Women in 2014 accounted for 50% of the workforce in fisheries and aquaculture, inclusive of processing. This resilience is significant, yet women in developing countries face substantive challenges to engage in and benefitting equitably from these sectors. This research forms part of the Gender in Fisheries Team (GIFT) Research Framework at CERMES. It examines the livelihood assets the women possess, the livelihood strategies they use and the livelihood outcomes they may need.

The aims of this research were to discover what challenges, successes and gaps pervade the livelihoods of the women; examination of these gaps to provide for improved and enhanced quality of life and to influence policy in the areas of the fishing industry. It is hoped that the published results will attract the attention it deserves from the general public and those in authority who can make a difference.
Links to the research and magazine launch can be viewed below:

Empowering Management. Jamal Khan and Wayne Soverall. Arawak Publications, 2019

Focusing on recent developments in the field, Empowering Management posits that by increasing the speed and quality of their outputs, public organizations can succeed in the rapidly changing national and global environment.

The bureaucratized, traditionalized, rule-fixated, market-indifferent and change-resistant public management is not as useful as it used to be. The politician-driven, spoils-oriented, partisanized, special interest-dependent and dysfunction-prone public management needs modification and, eventually replacement.

Empowering is a paradigm-driven, market-regarding, customer-friendly, results oriented and goal-focused public management. Empowering and productivizing organizations, decisions, outputs and processes are the bastions of contemporary high-performance public management.

Civil Society Organisations, Governance and the Caribbean Community. Kristina Hinds.  Palgrave McMillan, 2019

This book offers a unique analysis of the participatory spaces available for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Caribbean governance. It reveals the myriad ways in which the region’s CSOs have contributed to enriching Caribbean societies and to scaffolding Caribbean regionalism, and also uncovers that despite their contributions, Caribbean CSOs (and civil society more broadly) have found limited space for involvement in governance. The author peers into Caribbean state-civil society participatory dynamics using in-depth country case studies (Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago), mini-case studies and evaluations of the approaches to inclusion within the regional institutions of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This novel contribution to the Caribbean civil society literature uses these assessments to make a case for regularising state-civil society collaborative practices to enhance the quality of democracy in the region.

Nuts and Bolts of Research Methodology: From Conceptualization to Write-up. Nadini Persaud, Dwayne Devonish and Indeira Persaud. Ian Randle Publishers, 2019.

For just about every student, the most daunting task is writing a research paper. Identifying, selecting, processing and analysing information can be a stumbling block on the path to academic achievement, but Nuts and Bolts of Research Methodology provides a straightforward guide for the novice and experienced researcher alike as well as for practitioners and professionals in various fields.

Broad in scope but simple in approach, users will appreciate the succinct explanations of key methodological concepts enhanced with graphic illustrations. From topic identification, to writing up the paper, examples throughout the book help to make complex concepts and ideas clear. A basic understanding of research methodology along with relevant statistical concepts and techniques is provided, as well as guidance on using statistics software. The tip section after each concept is especially useful in drawing together the key aspects of each discussion section.

Nuts and Bolts is the go-to guide for writers across a range of disciplines and professions. Covering all aspects of the research process, the book is rounded out with easily navigable flowcharts and diagrams illustrating all of the steps in the process. The most basic, fundamental and essential components of research methodology are presented in a user-friendly style helping users to develop the skills needed to navigate the investigative process and present a comprehensive research paper or evaluation report.


Contemporary Caribbean Tourism: Concepts and Cases. Sherma Roberts, Mechelle Best and Acolla Cameron. Ian Randle Publishers, 2015.

The tourism industry is seen as the linchpin that holds the majority of the economies of the Caribbean together. In Contemporary Caribbean Tourism, authors Roberts, Best and Cameron provide a comprehensive contemporary resource for students and practitioners alike.

Spanning the breadth of issues from accommodation and transportation; environmental and economic impacts; cultural, sport, health and wellness, and adventure tourism; to disaster management and preparedness, this book discusses all of the elements essential to the long-term development and sustainability of the region's most valuable source of income. Cutting across the Dutch, English, Spanish and French Caribbean, the history and issues of tourism in the Caribbean are presented in a cohesive and easy to grasp manner, with practical examples, case studies and references from all aspects of the business of tourism.


The Grenada Revolution: Reflections and Lessons. Edited by Wendy Grenade. University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

A detailed examination of the broad implications of Marxist revolution, politics, and the eventual invasion of the island nation.

Contributions by Horace G. Campbell, Ralph E. Gonsalves, Kari H. I. Grenade, Wendy C. Grenade, David Hinds, Curtis Jacobs, Tennyson S. D. Joseph, Patsy Lewis, Don Marshall, Brian Meeks, and Hilbourne A. Watson.

Grenada experienced much turmoil in the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in an armed Marxist revolution, a bloody military  coup, and finally in 1983 Operation Urgent Fury, a United States-led invasion. Wendy C. Grenade combines various perspectives to tell a Caribbean story about this revolution, weaving together historical accounts of slain Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, the New Jewel Leftist Movement, and contemporary analysis.



Decolonization in St. Lucia: Politics and Global Neoliberalism, 1945-2010. Tennyson S.D. Joseph. University of Mississippi Press, 2011.

A case study of how a Caribbean nation may achieve political but not economic independence.

Tennyson S. D. Joseph builds upon current research on the anticolonial and nationalist experience in the Caribbean. He explores the impact of global transformation upon the independent experience of St. Lucia and argues that the island's formal decolonization roughly coincided with the period of the rise of global neoliberalism hegemony. Consequently, the concept of "limited sovereignty" became the defining feature of St. Lucia's understanding of the possibilities of independence. Central to the analysis is the tension between the role of the state as a facilitator of domestic aspirations on one hand and a facilitator of global capital on the other.

Women in Caribbean Politics. Edited by Cynthia Barrow-Giles. Ian Randle Publishers, 2011.

Historically, women have been under-represented in politics. Patriarchal political parties, debilitating customs and discriminatory selection processes, and obstructionist attitudes have generally contributed to the inability of women to enter mainstream political life in a significant way. In Women in Caribbean Politics Cynthia Barrow-Giles and her co-contributors profile 20 of the most influential women in modern Caribbean politics who have struggled and excelled, in spite of the obstacles. Divided into four parts, this volume looks at women who led the struggle for freedom; those who agitated for equal rights and justice in the pre-independence period; post-colonial trailblazers; as well as a group which Cynthia Barrow-Giles refers to as Women CEOs. The profiles cover women from 12 territories, with varying political, ethnic and socio-economic issues.




Gaining Productivity. Jamal Khan and Wayne Soverall. Arawak Publications, 2008.

With a model-focused approach and supporting empirical evidence, Gaining Productivity presents commanding research, wide-ranging analyses, monitorable indicators, compelling findings, useful insights and fresh vitality in relation to the core issue of productivity in Barbados within the larger context of the Caribbean and the international community.

The work recognizes not only competitiveness and leadership but also equity, participation and
empowerment, does not overplay the instrumental managerial orientation to productivity, and opposes productivity's reduction into power, control and hegemony. With motivation and productivity - the central bastions of the work - Gaining Productivity aims at searing deep into mass consciousness.