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Recent Visitors and Visiting Researchers to the Institute of Development Studies
Over the last few years the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has been guests to a number of Visitors, including Researchers and Faculty from other Universities.

For the 2003/2004 academic year, Dr. Tracey Reynolds from the London South Bank University, United Kingdom visited to do research work on Guyana. Her area of focus was on the Inter-relationship between the Dynamics of Family Change and Processes of Social Capital.
During the said academic year Dr. Anthony Weis, a Canadian citizen joined the staff at the IDS as a Senior Researcher, spending eight (8) months (September 2003 – April 2004).
Academic year 2004/2005 was a very busy year for visitors.  Five (5) persons visited, three of whom came from the University of the West Indies campuses. They were:
Mr. Claremont Kirton, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.
Dr. Roger Hosein, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
Sir George Alleyne, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad.
Dr. Kampta Karran, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Dr. Peter Bracegirdle, Canadian International Development Agency

In 2006/2007 Ms. Jamie Owen from the University of Chicago, United States of America came on a scholarship through an arrangement with the Rotaract Club of Georgetown, Guyana and that of Chicago, United States of America. She was on a long-term attachment to the Institute as a visiting researcher.

For Academic year 2008/2009, Ms. Nina Mangelschots, University of Ghent, Brussels, Belgium was also attached to the Institute as a visiting researcher. Her area of focus was on Democracy in the Guyanas.  She was comparing Democracy in Guyana with that of neighbouring Suriname.  Ms. Caroline Shenaz Hossein from the University of Toronto, Canada visited for a short stay. She was due to return in 2010.
In the current Academic year (2009-2010) the IDS received three (3) visiting researchers. Mr. Robert Davis from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Jamaica spent a period of three months (November 2009 - February 2010). He is pursuing his MPhil/PhD in Governance. His research was based on the topic “Big South - Little South: A Comprehensive Look at South American Integration within the Context of IIRSA”.

Ms. Sarah E. Vaughn from the Department of Anthropology, Colombia University, United States of America is pursuing her PhD and her Thesis examines “Flooding, Vulnerable Publics and ‘Catastrophe’ Management and Governance in Guyana”.
Ms. Caroline Shenaz Hossein from the University of Toronto, Canada visited for a little over one month (April 13 - May 15, 2010). She is pursuing her PhD in Microfinance and her Study is based on “Politics of Microfinance in the Caribbean: A Comparative Study of Jamaica, Guyana and Haiti”.
Finally, Dr. Kalowatie Deonandan, an Associate Professor of Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada visited the IDS. She did a Round Table presentation for the Institute on Mining and Development.  



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Diplomatic principle.

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‘Dirty secrets’
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