UWI Research Team Hosts National Workplace Wellness Policy Lecture in Antigua

Three lecturers from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus are in Antigua undertaking research in Gender and Political Ambitions.

The lecturers are Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles; Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Deputy Dean, Dr. Dwayne Devonish; Senior Lecturer in Management Studies and Ms. Joan Cuffie; Lecturer of Psychology in the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology.

Over the last few days, the research team has been conducting interviews with persons who are eligible candidates for political office and are motivated by the desire to understand the enduring gender gap in politics regionally.

The research is the first of its kind to be undertaken in the Caribbean. After the interviews, the researchers will conduct a national survey where over 500 residents across six mainland constituencies will be interviewed. Enumerators will visit households to facilitate the data collection.

Apart from Antigua, surveys are being conducted across multiple countries in the region including St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica. The researchers hope to cater the study to other Caribbean jurisdictions in the second phase of the project.

As the Caribbean seeks to achieve levels of economic growth and development, wellness has taken centre stage. In that regard, Dr. Dwayne Devonish, an expert on National Work Wellness will be sharing his expertise with the Antiguan public at the University of the West Indies Open Campus on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Devonish will be sharing vital information on a recently crafted National Workplace Wellness Policy which will have implications for Antigua and Barbuda.

Wellness at the national level is a necessary driver for workplace productivity and competitiveness which in turn promotes long-lived economic growth and development.

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