Department of Conflict Resolution Studies Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

First Advisor

Dustin D. Berna

Second Advisor

Neil H. Katz

Third Advisor

Jason Campbell


Caribbean development, culture studies, development theory, human development, peace and development, sustainable development goals (SDGs)


For a long time, the Caribbean has experienced underdevelopment even as there have been improvements in living standards. A region is directly linked to the wider global system with historical significances spanning much of the globe, it is important to address this “mis-development” phenomenon in order to advance development that can sustain human security and peace. The case study method employed in this dissertation allowed the opportunity to assess the progress of the issue of peace and development as it occurs across the region. This study tests the development outcome of a number of cases in light of the Millennium Development Goals and the Human Development Index, two different measures and definitions for development success. It presents an analysis of six members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago, which are representative of the region’s varied and diverse character. The work also addresses context-specific data alongside other descriptive and inferential statistics, as the region’s history and socio-cultural reality has directly impacted the Caribbean experiences of peace and development. Researchers in the field of peace studies and development theory highlight the importance of addressing this “development-peace” matrix for the furtherance of global security as it relates to human development, and as nontraditional variables become increasingly linked to the progress of development. Subsequently, the findings confirm that there are intrinsic links between socio-cultural realities, the understanding of development, and the progress of development success and human security across Caribbean societies.