FSS Writer’s Retreat 2023

Poolside view of the Cardiff Hotel and Spa

The Faculty of Social Sciences wishes to congratulate the FSS Researchers who have been selected to attend the FSS Research Writers’ Retreat Conference 2023! The conference will be held from January 5 -8, 2023 at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, Jamaica.


The Conference, spearheaded by Dr. Delroy Chevers the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, FSS, is one of the Faculty’s research initiatives for full-time lecturers, aimed at increasing the research output in the faculty. Research conducted within the Faculty informs teaching with new and emerging concepts in the various disciplines across the University.


The 2022 Conference helped to see the completion of the following three books in AY 2021-2022:

•   Doreen Gordon. (2022). "Blackness and Social Mobility in Brazil: Contemporary Transformations”. Palgrave Macmillan.

•   Trevor A. Smith. (2022). “Marketing Effectiveness and Accountability in SMEs: A Multimethodological Approach” Springer International Publishing.

•   Trevor A. Smith and Kenroy C. Wedderburn. (2022). “Compulsive Buying: Consumer Traits, Self-Regulation, and Marketing Ethics”. Lexington Books.



The Faculty thanks our partial-sponsor, The School of Graduate Studies and Research, The UWI, for sponsoring the FSS Research Writers’ Conference 2023.


The UWI School for Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) is responsible for setting the broad policy framework of The UWI, aimed at fostering the development of internationally competitive but nationally and regionally pertinent research and graduate programmes. The SGSR also monitors the implementation of these policies. Through the A.C.E. (Accountability, Commitment, and Excellence) experience, The SGSR is also committed to unlocking the greatest potential of its students. The School is now headed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee.


Three Professors in residence will provide mentorship and support to the researchers during the Conference:


Prof Rupert Lewis 

Dr. Rupert Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Political Thought in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He has an international reputation as a scholar of the Garvey movement and Caribbean radicalism in the twentieth century.  In 2018 he published a biography of Marcus Garvey in the Caribbean Biography series published by The UWI Press. He is author of the book Walter Rodney’s Intellectual and Political Thought and has edited books on George Padmore, the Trinidadian-born Pan-Africanist and Richard Hart, the Jamaican Marxist.  His essay on ‘Black Power in the Caribbean’ was published in the Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Constitutions in 2020.  He is working on Garvey’s Jamaican writings and a bio of Walter Rodney for UWI Press. He is a member of Jamaica’s National Council on Reparation and participates in the American Political Science Association. 


Prof Christopher Charles 

Christopher Charles is a Professor of Political and Social Psychology in the Dept of Government, UWI Mona, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Prof Patricia Anderson

Patricia Anderson is currently an independent researcher, and previously held the position of Professor of Applied Sociology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Her undergraduate training was at the University of the West Indies (Mona) while her doctoral training has been in Sociology and Demography at the University of Chicago.  and her research interests include labour market analysis, education, fathering, masculinity and poverty. Since retirement she has continued to collaborate with Social Science colleagues on joint research that includes masculinity, fathering, reproductive health and education.  Her research on Jamaican fathers, represents an expansion of earlier work with Janet Brown and Barry Chevannes, and was published in 2021 by the UWI Press under the title Masculinity and Fathering in Jamaica.