Institute for Gender and Development Studies
(Regional Coordinating Unit)

Dr. Natasha Kay Mortley

Dr. Natasha Kay Mortley is a Lecturer and Research Methodologist at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office.  She holds a BSc in Sociology, MPhil in Sociology of Development and PhD in Migration and Development.  In 2006 she was the recipient of the Commonwealth Split Site Award, and in 2010 the GDN Award for research on Migration and Development.

Natasha Mortley has extensive experience in the field of Development Studies, having been engaged in a multi-disciplinary approach to key developmental challenges of particular relevance to the Caribbean region.  Her research work has inter alia focused on: migration & diaspora studies; migration, health & development; medical tourism; diaspora tourism; sports tourism; gender & leadership; gender & entrepreneurship; gender & climate change; and contemporary Caribbean masculinities.  Her disciplinary focus over the past fifteen (15) years has been dedicated to integrating a gender perspective to Caribbean social development and policy issues.  She therefore considers herself a social developmentalist working in the area of gender and development studies.

She currently serves as Expert Advisor to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat “Migration and Diaspora Programme”, is a member of The African-Caribbean Women’s Mobility and Self-fashioning in Post-diaspora Contexts Network with the Southbank University, London UK and a member of the Migration and Development Cluster, SALISES Mona UWI.




  • St. Lucian Women on the Move: The Impacts of Gender Relations on Migration Decisions.  November 2009. VDM Verlag Publishing House Ltd.


Chapters in Books

  • Sports, development and the impact of the Gibson Relays in The Gibson relays: History and impact on Jamaica’s sports, culture and social development by Verene Shepherd. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers. 2017, pp 135-153.

  • Nancy Edwards, Eulalia Kahwa and NATASHA MORTLEY. Research capacity building: A Literature review and theoretical framework in Building and Evaluating Research Capacity in Health Systems: Case Studies and Innovative Models, edited by Nancy Edwards.  Canada: UTC Press. 2016, pp 11-38.

  • Nancy Edwards, Dan Kaseje and NATASHA MORTLEY.  Indicators for measuring and evaluating research capacity building in Building and Evaluating Research Capacity in Health Systems: Case Studies and Innovative Models, edited by Nancy Edwards.  Canada: UTC Press. 2016, pp 215-248.

  • Nurse Migration and the Impact on the Health Care System: Focus on St. Lucia and Jamaica, in Freedom and Constraint in Caribbean Migration, edited by Elizabeth Thomas-Hope. Kingston: Ian Randle Publications.  2009, pp 315-329.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Mortley, N. and Baldwin, A. Caribbean women and reparatory justice: Reclaiming, rebuilding and restoring communities through migration.  International Journal of Africana Studies. 2019.

  • More than dollars and cents: Leveraging the multiple roles of Caribbean migrant women within the Diaspora. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies: A Journal of Caribbean Perspectives on Gender and Feminisms, Issue 13, April 2019.

  • The impact of Nurse Migration on Caribbean Health Care Systems: A Phenomenological Approach. Sage Research Methods Cases Online Journal. January 2017.

  • Baldwin, A. and MORTLEY, N.  Reassessing Caribbean Migration: Love, Power and Re Building in the Diaspora. Journal of International Women Studies. Vol. 17, Issue 3. Women and Gender: Looking Toward Caribbeanness.  2016 pp 164-176.

  • Strategic Opportunities from Diaspora Tourism: The Jamaican Perspective.  Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.  Vol. 17, Issue 2. November 2011, pp 171-185.

  • Strategic Developmental Opportunities from Diaspora Tourism.  World Sustainable Development Outlook 2010 edited by Allam, Ahmed and Gale Rigobert. November 2010, pp 413-428.


Technical Reports

  • UNESCO.  Contemporary Caribbean Masculinities: A Pilot Study of Males, Community and Crime in Jamaica, 2017 (79 pages).

  • World Bank.  A Pilot Study of Gender and Entrepreneurship in Dominica and St. Lucia.  September, 2016 (81 pages).

  • European Union (EU).   Gender Study for EDF 11. European Union and Office of the National Authorizing Officer (NAO), Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs Planning and Social Security, St. Lucia, August 2015 (64 pages).

  • Center for Caribbean Competitiveness.  Racing to the Top: Sports Tourism in Jamaica through a Global Value Chain Approach.  UWI, St. Augustine. May 2015, (80 pages).

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).  Action Plan for Diaspora Engagement and Remittances for Development within the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.  OECS Secretariat, St Lucia. November, 2014, (13 pages).

  • World Bank.  Gender Note: Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). January 2014.

  • Inter American Development Bank (IDB).  Causes and Costs of Adolescent Dislocation at the Secondary Level in Jamaica.  Inter American Development Bank and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office. December 2013.

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM).  Rapid Assessment of Migration Data Collection and Management Systems in the English Speaking Caribbean and Surinam. International Organization for Migration (IOM). January, 2012 (47 pages).

  • IPPR and GDN.  Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Claremont Kirton, NATASHA MORTLEY, Mikhail Urhquart and Pauline Knight.  Development on the Move: Measuring and Optimizing Migration’s Economic and Social Impacts.  UK: Institute for Public Policy Research and Global Development Network, June 2009 (65 pages).



  • Film - Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora.  Documentary Film Revealing the Economic Power of the Caribbean Diaspora Living in Global Cities. Based on research on “Strategic Opportunities from the Caribbean Diaspora” with Keith Nurse et al. 2009 to 2011.

  • “Early Childhood in the Caribbean,” by Christine Barrow and Martin Ince.  Working Papers in Early Childhood Development, 2008.


Newspaper Articles

  • Positively Male: Leveraging Jamaican Masculinities for Effective Role Modeling. Jamaica Observer, 19th November 2018.
Research Interests: 

Academic interests

  • Migration and diaspora issues
  • Women’s love power migration
  • Caribbean Diaspora and medical tourism
  • Gender and leadership
  • Gender and climate change/disaster risk  management
  • Contemporary Caribbean masculinities
  • Research for capacity building

Outreach interests

  • Gender analysis for social policy
  • Gender training/advocacy
  • Female and youth empowerment