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Kai-Ann Skeete PhD.

Trade Research Fellow 1-246-417-4884 kai-ann.skeete@cavehill.uwi.edu

Biography

Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete is the Trade Research Fellow at the SRC. She began lecturing part-time with the UWI Cave Hill Campus in 2011 within the MSc Integration Studies program, while pursuing a PhD at the Institute of International Relations, UWI St. Augustine campus. She joined the Faculty as a full time member later in 2016. She has worked across the region as a Trade Consultant since 2009. Her teaching areas include regional integration and development, geopolitical analysis and research methodologies.

Dr. Skeete is an Affiliate of the CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre and a member of the Caribbean Evaluators International, Caribbean Studies Association, the International Studies Association and the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She speaks French, Spanish and Italian and is always keen to learn other foreign languages. In her free time, Dr. Skeete devotes time to travelling around the world and discovering Caribbean culture.

Education

  • Phd International Relations (Regionalism) – UWI St. Augustine
  • PG Dip Certificate in University Teaching and Learning – UWI Cave Hill.
  • MSc International Relations (International Trade) – UWI St. Augustine.
  • BSc International Relations (major) Political Science (minor) (Hons) – UWI Mona.

Research Interests

  • Revising CARICOM’s Forward Trade Agenda.
  • CARICOM Free Movement of Labour Regime.
  • The CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
  • Contingent Rights.
  • Inclusive Security within the Caribbean.
  • Caribbean Geopolitical Analysis

Select Publications/Presentations

  • “An Examination of Haitians on the Move: A Blessing or a Curse for the CSME’s Free Movement of Labour Regime?” at the International Studies Association (ISA) South Ashland, Virginia, October 12-13, 2018.

 

  • “Strategically Revising CARICOM’s Positional Picture: CARICOM’s Acceptance of the Dutch Caribbean Territories,” at the Institute of International Relations, UWI St. Augustine Symposium on Whither the Non-Independent Caribbean? Perspectives on Regional Cooperation, Development and Paradiplomacy, St. Augustine, Trinidad, October 5, 2018.

 

  • “Harmonising Citizenship by Investment Programmes within CARICOM: The Use of Geo-Economic Strategies,” at the EU-CARICOM Law Conference on The Present and Future Challenges, St. Augustine, Trinidad, September 26-27, 2018.

 

  • “Advancing CARICOM’s Governance and Implementation of the Free Movement of Labour Regime: An Examination of the Rules of Power between CARICOM MDCs and LDCs,” at the 59th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention on The Power of Rules and the Rules of Power, San Francisco, California, April 4-7,2018.

 

  • “Revising CARICOM’s Forward Trade Agenda: The CARICOM-Cuba Agreement,” at the 42nd Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference on the Culture and Knowledge Economies: The Future of Caribbean Development?, Nassau, Bahamas, June 26-30, 2017.

 

  • “Achieving Goal 17 Trade Targets within the 2030 Agenda: The Case of the Private Sector,” at the Government of Jamaica and the United Nations in the Caribbean partnership with the University of the West Indies Caribbean Action 2030 Conference, Kingston, Jamaica, June 5-10, 2017.

 

  • “An Examination of the Compatibility between the Immigration Policies of Barbados and Dominica with the CARICOM Single Market’s Free Movement of Labour Provisions: A Case Study of the Free Movement of Jamaican Artistes,” at the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Conference on Walls, Barriers and Mobility, Guelph, Canada, June 3, 2017.

 

  • “An Examination of the Role of CARICOM Regional Security Agencies in Facilitating Greater Intra-CARICOM Trade,” at the SALISES Annual Conference, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, April 27, 2017.

 

  • “Promoting Inclusive Security in the Americas,” at the Perry Center and Regional Security System Caribbean Regional Seminar on Countering Transregional-Transnational Threat Networks, Bridgetown, Barbados, March 21-23, 2017

 

  • “Discussing the Legitimacy of Regional Institutions: An Assessment of the Utility of CARICOM Security Institutions to Advance the Implementation of the CSME’s Free Movement of Labour Regime,” at the 3rd Biennial Department of Behavioural Sciences Postgraduate Research Conference, ‘The Importance of Interdisciplinary Social Science Research in the Caribbean: Alleviating Inequalities/Integrating Approaches’, St. Augustine, Trinidad, March 22, 2017.

 

  • “Fidel’s Cuba and the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean,” at the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology, February 24, 2017

 

  • “The CSME at Ten Years: A Call to Reflect, Remodel & Reinvigorate,” SALISES Developmental Talks, February 3, 2016

 

  • “A Regional Imperative: Monitoring the Implementation of Chapter III of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas,” at the 40th Anniversary Faculty of Social Sciences Conference, Cave Hill School of Business, January 27-29.

 

  • “A Critical Analysis of the Role of the CSME Focal Point in the Implementation of the Free Movement of Labour Regime within CARICOM,” presented at the 6th Annual Ottawa-Region Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, ‘Latin America and the Caribbean: Mirrors and Mirages,’ April 16-18, 2015 Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

 

  • “A Neorealist Examination of the Capabilities of CARICOM Member States to Implement the CSME’s Free Movement of Labour Regime: A Case Study of the Role of the CSME Focal Point (CFP)” presented at the Department of Behavioural Sciences Postgraduate Conference 2015, ‘The Caribbean Today: Facing Challenges and Assessing Opportunities through Postgraduate Research,’ April 9-10, 2015, St. Augustine, Trinidad
  • Deconstructing the ALBA Initiatives within the Caribbean: A Case Study of PetroCaribe,” presented at the 7th University of Havana International Conference, ‘El Caribe y América Latina: en la búsqueda de nuevas formas de integración y cooperación.’December 5-7, 2013, Havana, Cuba.

 

  • The Changing Dynamics between CARICOM-Latin American Relations: A Case study of Guyana’s Pursuit of its Continental Destiny,” presented at the SALISES Regional Integration Conference, ‘Rethinking Regionalism: Beyond the CARICOM Integration Project’ held October 7-9, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

  • An Analysis of PetroCaribe on CARICOM Regional Integration,” presented at the Forum on the Impact of PetroCaribe on Caribbean Development held September 25, 2013, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Bridgetown, Barbados.

 

  • The Role of CARICOM Institutions in Streamlining the Implementation of the Free Movement of Labour Regime,” presented at the 38th Annual Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference held June 3-7, 2013, St. George’s, Grenada.

 

  • Deepening Caribbean Regionalism in the 21st Century: A Case Study of CARICOM’s Implementation of its Free Movement of Labour Regime,” presented at the International Graduate Student Research Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, March 15-16, 2013 York University, Ontario, Canada.

 

  • An Assessment of the Applicability of the Neoliberal Approach to Caribbean Integration in the 21st Century,” presented at the Institute of International Relations Seminar ‘Prospects and Challenges for CARICOM States in the Pursuit of Regional Integration,’ January 18th, 2013, Georgetown, Guyana.

 

  • A Case for Optimism: The CSME After Six (6) Years,” presented at the DLP Lunchtime Lecture Series on November 9th, 2012, St. Michael, Barbados.

 

  • Advancing Development within the Region: Establishing The Point of Intersection Between the CSME and Member States National Strategic Visions,” presented at the Fifty-Fifty Conference: Critical Reflections in a Time of Uncertainty, August 20-25th, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

  • Youth Reaching Out Through CARICOM,” presented at the St. Peter’s Parish Church Patronal Festival 2012 on June 28th 2012, Speightstown, Barbados.

 

  • Securing the Rights of CARICOM Nationals,” presented at the 37th Annual Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference, May 28th – June 1st, 2012, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.

 

  • The Inclusion of the RSS in the Operationalisation of the Free Movement of Labour within the CSME,” presented at the 2nD Annual UWI Postgraduate Cross-Disciplinary Research Degree Conference on Crime and Crime-Related Research Topics, January 18-20, 2012, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

  • A Case for Optimism: The CSME After Five (5) Years,” presented at 5th University of Havana International Conference, ¿Hacia dónde va la integración caribeña?, December 8-9, 2011, Havana, Cuba.

 

  • CARICOM in the Spaghetti Bowl Arrangement: A Comparative Analysis of CARICOM’s Participation in the Rio Group, ACS and the ALBA,” presented at the 36th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference, May 30 – June 3, 2011, Willemstad, Curacao.
  • The Way Forward for the CARICOM Region in the ALBA: Constructing a Collective Agreement,” presented at the ALBA and the Future of Regional Integration Conference, January 29, 2011, London Metropolitan University, London, England.
  • CARICOM’s Response to the Changing Nature of Security within the Caribbean: The Impact of Crime and Security on the Operationalisation of the Free Movement of Labour within the CSME,” presented at the Inaugural Postgraduate Cross-disciplinary Research Degree Conference on Crime and Crime Related Research Topics, January 13, 2011, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
  • Youth Charting Their Future Through CARICOM,” presented at the Barbados CARICOM Youth Committee Inaugural Youth Summit, September 30, 2010, Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • Strengthening the Relevance of International Relations in the Twenty-First (21st) Century: A Regional Perspective,” presented at the 22nd Academic Council of the United Nations (ACUNS) Annual Meeting, June 4, 2009, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
  • The Free Movement of Labour within CARICOM: The Influence of the CSME on the Provision of Social Services within the Community: An Analysis of Contingent Rights,” presented at the 34th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference, June 1-5, 2009, Kingston, Jamaica.
  • The Free Movement of Labour within CARICOM: The Influence of the CSME on the Development of the Region’s Social Infrastructure,” presented at the 8th Annual Caribbean Bursars’ Conference, November 20, 2008 Almond Beach Resort, St. Peter, Barbados.
  • An Analysis of Contingent Rights in CARICOM: A Descriptive Analysis of the Health Care Services Sector in CARICOM,” presented at the 40th Annual Monetary Studies Conference, November 12, 2008, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
  • Contingent Rights in CARICOM: A Comparative Analysis of the Education Sectors in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago,” presented at the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Conference, September 27, 2008, UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Additional Info

  • Member of the Caribbean Studies Association and International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)
  • Caribbean Evaluators’ International
  • UWI Alumni Circle
  • Barbados Museum and Historical Society