Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Patsy Lewis

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208, Africana Studies, Churchill House

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Patsy Lewis

Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs
Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies


I joined the faculty of the newly created Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), a research and graduate teaching Institute, at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, in 2000 and was appointed professor of Regional Integration and Small States Development, University of the West Indies in 2013.  I received my MPhil (International Relations) and PhD (Contemporary History) from Cambridge University (Trinity College).


My research has focused on the development challenges of small states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This includes the effects of globalisation and trade liberalization on their economies and their trade relations with traditional partners, as well as on the integrity of regional organisations; and challenges posed by migration of skills. I have also used Grenada as a case study to explore development challenges in the wake of natural disasters; their social policies; the drivers of their foreign policies  and their security vulnerabilities. 


Patsy Lewis, Gary Williams, Peter Clegg (eds.), (2015), Grenada: Revolution and Invasion. (University of the West Indies Press: Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago).

Kristen Lowitt, Arlette Saint Ville, Patsy Lewis, Gordon Hickey (eds.) (October 2015), Global change and food security: The special case of small island developing states. Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 15, Issue 7.

Patsy Lewis (2015), ‘¿Adónde va la integración caribeña? Refundiendo los cimientos de un nuevo proyecto de integración’, in El Caribe: independencia, identidad e integración. Coordinado por: Jacqueline Laguardia Martínez, Ciencias Sociales, Ruth CASA Editorial. La Habana. 

Patsy Lewis and C Kirton (2015), 'Migration and Remittances in Development: A Study of Jamaica', Chapter 7 in Khonje, WH (Ed.), Migration and Development: Lessons from Small States, Commonwealth Secretariat, London. 

Jessica Byron and Patsy Lewis, January (2015), ‘Sovereignty/Vulnerability/Development Dilemmas: Small Territories and Regional Organizations in the Caribbean’, in Danielle PERROT (dir.), Collectivités territoriales et organisations régionales - de 
> l'indifférence à l'interaction
(Territorial Collectivities and Regional Organizations: From Indifference to Interaction). Paris, L'Harmattan, Collection GRALE 2014, 481 pages, ISBN 978-2-343-05111-6.

Patsy Lewis, (2014), ‘Assessing the Developmental Potential of the FTAA and EPA for Small Developing States’, in W Andy Knight, Julian Castro-Rea and Hamid Ghany (eds.), Re-Mapping The Americas: Trends In Region-Making, The International Political Economy of New Regionalism Series, Ashgate Publishing Company. USA: Burlington, pp. 151-184.

Patsy Lewis, (2013), ‘”A Scuffling of Islands” or a Nation?’, in Aaron Kamugisha (ed.), Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers.

Patsy Lewis, (2013), ‘”The Grenada Intervention The Inside Story”: A Response to Edward Seaga’, in  Patsy Lewis (Guest Editor), Grenada: Revolution, Invasion and Beyond, Social and Economic Studies, vol. 62, nos. 3&4, September/December, pp. 83-111.