An­other St Lu­cian Pro­fes­sor!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s

The Univer­sity of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona is pleased to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of Se­nior Re­search Fel­low and Act­ing Di­rec­tor of the Sir Arthur Lewis In­sti­tute of So­cial and Eco­nomic Stud­ies (SALISES), Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences, Dr. Aldrie Henry-Lee, to the rank of Pro­fes­sor. The pro­mo­tion comes in the wake of as­sess­ment of her aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tion to her field.

Aldrie Henry-Lee holds the Bach­e­lor of Arts (So­ci­ol­ogy) from The UWI, St. Au­gus­tine Cam­pus, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Mas­ter of Sci­ence (MSc) and the Doc­tor of Phi­los­o­phy (PhD) de­grees in So­cial Sciences from the Con­sor­tium Grad­u­ate School at The UWI, Mona Cam­pus, Ja­maica.

Dr. Henry-Lee is a highly re­spected aca­demic who has been rec­og­nized lo­cally, re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally as a com­mu­nity so­ci­ol­o­gist, work­ing in the area of So­cial Pol­icy. Her re­search fo­cus has been in the ar­eas of chil­dren’s rights, poverty, health, deviance and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. This work has been com­pleted in many Caribbean coun­tries in­clud­ing Ja­maica, St. Lu­cia, St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Turks and Caicos, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, Belize and Gre­nada.

A pro­lific re­searcher, she has pro­duced a sus­tained body of orig­i­nal work in the field of pub­lic pol­icy on poverty, gen­der, Caribbean child­hoods and hu­man rights. She has cen­tred the ex­pe­ri­ences of the de­vel­op­ing Caribbean coun­tries in her work, en­abling her to crit­i­cally as­sess how UN Mil­len­nium De­vel­op­ment Goals, UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child have been im­ple­mented in these con­texts and the work that still needs to be done to ad­vance a rights­based ap­proach to de­vel­op­ment. In recog­ni­tion of this work, she was named re­cip­i­ent of a Prin­ci­pal’s Dis­tin­guished Re­searcher Award for the Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences. She is the au­thor of five edited books re­lated to child re­search, three short mono­graphs, five spe­cial jour­nal is­sues as well as eight book chap­ters, and 19 jour­nal ar­ti­cles. Her work is pub­lished in a va­ri­ety of well-re­spected out­lets in­clud­ing So­cial and Eco­nomic Stud­ies, Jour­nal of Eastern Caribbean Stud­ies, Caribbean Jour­nal of Pub­lic Sec­tor Man­age­ment, Re­pro­duc­tive Health Mat­ters (UK), West In­dian Med­i­cal Jour­nal, En­vi­ron­ment and Ur­ban­iza­tion (UK), Ian Ran­dle Pub­lish­ers and Univer­sity of Ber­gen (UiB)

Much of her work has in­flu­enced pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and anal­y­sis across the Caribbean. For ex­am­ple, her stud­ies on the im­pact of in­car­cer­a­tion of Ja­maican women on them­selves and their depen­dents; the Fos­ter Care Sys­tem in Ja­maica, the eval­u­a­tion of the So­cial Pro­tec­tion sys­tem in St. Lu­cia and Pro­tect­ing the Med­i­cally In­di­gent and the Poor un­der Na­tional Health In­surance, have helped to paint a pic­ture of the so­cial prob­lems re­lated to poverty and have em­pha­sized that un­less tar­geted mea­sures are em­ployed to ad­dress vul­ner­a­bil­ity, there is lit­tle ev­i­dence that the qual­ity of life for the un­der­priv­i­leged will im­prove.

In ad­di­tion to her schol­arly work, Dr. Henry-Lee has given con­sid­er­able ser­vice to the Univer­sity as Act­ing Di­rec­tor of SALISES, As­so­ciate Dean in the Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences and Chair and mem­ber of sev­eral univer­sity com­mit­tees. She has taught in many So­cial Pol­icy cour­ses for the De­part­ment of So­ci­ol­ogy, Psy­chol­ogy and So­cial Work, and at the Sir Arthur Lewis In­sti­tute of So­cial and Eco­nomic Stud­ies (SALISES). She has de­vel­oped sev­eral cour­ses which ex­am­ine So­cial Pol­icy is­sues: So­cial In­equal­ity, In­equity and Marginal­iza­tion; So­cial In­vest­ment in Chil­dren and Deviance, Con­flict and So­cial Man­age­ment. In recog­ni­tion of her ex­cel­lence in teach­ing, she was se­lected as the UWI/ Guardian Life Pre­mium Teach­ing Awardee in 2010.

Dr. Henry-Lee has also gained wide­spread ac­cla­ma­tion for her pub­lic ser­vice as Chair of the an­nual re­gional Caribbean Child Re­search Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence has won the award for the project with the most de­vel­op­men­tal im­pact in the Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences and is the only fo­rum which pro­vides equal voice to chil­dren and adults, as chil­dren also present their re­search and com­pete for the out­stand­ing Child Re­searcher award. The con­fer­ence also in­forms the pol­icy process and has sub­mit­ted rec­om­men­da­tions to the Ja­maican Gov­ern­ment for im­prove­ment in the sta­tus of chil­dren.

She has served on sev­eral com­mit­tees or­ga­nized by the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund, the Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Ja­maica and the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency. Her re­search has been funded by sev­eral in­ter­na­tional agen­cies in­clud­ing Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Agency (CIDA), De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID), the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank (CDB), Pan Amer­i­can Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PAHO), United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP), The United Na­tions Emer­gency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

UWI Pro­fes­sor Dr. Aldrie Henry-Lee.

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