About Us

The Centre for Tourism and Policy Research (CTPR) was established as a Campus Centre located in the Faculty of Social Sciences with the aim of advancing research and training in the area of tourism and other development policy research in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In its establishment the CTPR is linked to the Grace Kennedy Foundation Carlton Alexander Chair in Management Studies, from where it derives most of its initial funding.


The CTPR is involved in training for short courses in a variety of areas. These courses may range from a few days to a few months targeting NGO, private and public sectors.

Courses are offered in collaboration with various departments, across the UWI and other institutions.

Work of the CTPR

The work of the CTPR is divided into three broad objectives: research and policy analysis; training; and consultancy.

Research and Policy Analysis

Research and Policy Analysis is the main activity of the Centre. The Centre undertakes critical policy research that has short and long term relevance to the development of Jamaica and the region.

The work  focus substantially, but not exclusively on tourism. Some of the studies include:

  • The casino gaming industry;
  • An evaluation of Caribbean tourism models;
  • Tourism and intra-Caribbean migration;
  • Economic and political integration policy;
  • Trade policy;
  • Entrepreneurial development;
  • Tourism and climate change and postmodern tourism practices.