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The Impact of Climate Change on Vulnerable Populations: Social Responses to a Changing Environment. Debra Joseph and Roshnie A. Doon. MDPI Open Access Books, October 2023.
Climate change and urban development threaten health, undermine coping and deepen existing social and environmental inequities. A changing global environment requires transformative social responses: new partnerships, deep engagement with local communities, and innovations to strengthen individual and collective assets.

The chapters of this proposed edited volume will be contributed mainly by established and emerging scholars from individuals, representing social work, sociology, development studies, law, government, social anthropology, urbanism, The chapters of this proposed edited volume will be contributed mainly by established and emerging scholars from individuals representing social work, sociology, development studies, public policy, and other social sciences
This book is to be used for academics, policy makers, social work students, lecturers and other stakeholders to promote advocacy for vulnerable client groups affected by Climate Change. It gives some measure of hope and make the invisible visible to change.

Cost-Inclusive Evaluation - Planning It, Doing It, Using It. Nadini Persaud and Brian T. Yates. The Guilford Press, 2023.

Is a given treatment, intervention, or program worth it? How can a program do more or better with less? Evaluating the costs of a program can be the missing link between a superficial evaluation and one that will get changes made and funding delivered. In accessible language and without complex formulas, this book provides a roadmap for measuring program costs and outcomes and analyzing cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility. Also explained are simplified ways to use economic appraisal methodologies—such as net present valuation, internal rate of return computation, and payback period determination—in a cost-inclusive evaluation. Instructive examples span a range of human services, education, and health care contexts. Other evaluator- and student-friendly features include helpful graphics, procedure steps, end-of-chapter discussion questions, a list of acronyms, and a glossary of key terms.



Tourism and Foreign Direct Investment: Issues, Challenges and Prospects. Cristina Jonnson. Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2022.

This is the first volume to examine and shed significant light on the issues, challenges and prospects presented by foreign direct investment (FDI) in tourism - a topic of increasing relevance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic consequences.

This book addresses the need to examine the TFDI phenomenon considering resilient tourism development approaches and includes discussion on impacts of a rapidly evolving global pandemic on tourism. Recognising that its impact on tourism has only just begun, the book includes early estimates of the damage to the tourism economy and TFDI over 2020 and beyond. It considers how the COVID-19 pandemic may change society, the economy, and tourism, and how some of the key research needs to understand these changes and contribute to a more sustainable post-pandemic tourism sector.



The Role of Monitoring and Evaluation in the UN 2030 SDGs Agenda. Nadini Persaud and Ruby Dagher. Palgrave McMillan, 2021.

This book examines the UN 2030 SDGs Agenda and its comprehensive, multi-stakeholder approach to achieving a more human rights-based and environmentally sustainable development process. More crucially, it provides a much needed and innovative analysis of the role of Monitoring and Evaluation in this Agenda and the challenges that evaluators will face due to the Agenda's inherent weaknesses, coupled with the practice and limited culture of evaluation in general. The authors look to actively help evaluators and other interested parties to develop their capacity to evaluate this ambitious Agenda and develop mitigating strategies for the inherent challenges that will be encountered whilst implementing and evaluating this Agenda.

An Ethical Turn in Governance: The Call for a New Development Narrative. Pearson A. Broome. Lexington/Rowman and Littlefield, 2021

The recurring image throughout the developing world is one of the disintegration of civil order debilitating leaders into a crisis of governance. Not a day goes by without extensive media coverage of some form of corruption, perceived or real, concerning the lack of productivity and/or increasing incidences of fraud and unethical behaviour. The author posits that the intensification of this crisis is compatible with the root cause of capitalist modernization with its rapid and disorienting changes. To mitigate the accompanying effects, a call is made for [re]conceptualization of the search for a solution through incorporating and strengthening the value of an ethical consciousness in our thinking and policies of governance.



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.
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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.


The National Integrity System and Governance in The Commonwealth Caribbean.
Cynthia Barrow-Giles. Carib Research and Publications, 2017.

This book considers some of the issues identified by Transparency International concept of the National Integrity System and apply them to an understanding of the functioning of the systems
throughout the Commonwealth Caribbean. Though largely concerned with the deficiencies of the current systems, the book does not only highlight best practice in the region but presents global best practices as well.
The core thesis of the book is that a well-functioning NIS will contribute to good governance
through checks and balances, oversight, transparent processes and accountability of office. It argues that the establishment and strengthening of the system do not only demand an identification of the opportunities for the reinforcement of the various pillars of the NIS, but that these would fight against the scourge of corruption.
Notably, while the book focuses primarily on State institutions, processes and activities, it also assesses the private sector, political parties, the media and civil society as critical ingredients in the nexus between a poorly functioning NIS and corruption.


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.