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Research Profile

Ms Dacia L Leslie  

Dacia Leslie
Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Telephone:+ 44 (0)29 208 70855
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Address:Glamorgan Building


  • 2011- current: PHD (Social Sciences), Commonwealth Scholarship and  Fellowship Plan
  • 2008: MSc Governance & Public Policy, SALISES, University of the West Indies, Mona
  • 2007: BSc International Relations with minors in: Criminology and Social Policy Administration, University of the West Indies, Mona

Research Interests

  • Resettlement policy and practice
  • Reintegration models
  • Styles of correctional management
  • Correctional reforms within CARICOM
  • Foreign policy on deportation
  • Deportation of Caribbean nationals


Dacia is a Jamaican Commonwealth Scholar, currently pursuing a DPhil at the School of Social Sciences. Before the PhD, Dacia worked on various developmental projects with Research Fellows of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica. Here, she obtained an MSc in Governance and Public Policy as well as her undergraduate degree in International Relations with minors in Criminology and Social Policy Administration.

PhD Topic / Area

Corrections and criminal recidivism in the Caribbean

The PhD is examining the link between correctional reform and crime control in the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on Jamaica. Using a mixed methodology, which will involve conducting in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and a survey, the study will also look at international good practices in resettlement. This will help to inform recommendations for improving the reintegration of ex-prisoners in Jamaica and those awaiting deportation from the United Kingdom. The research comes on the heels of proposed plans to deport a large number of Jamaican nationals currently serving sentences in British prisons and will therefore be useful in its exploration of future deportation policy options for strengthening: the role of primary stakeholders and initiatives geared towards successful rehabilitation and reintegration.


Dr Kirsty Hudson

Professor Andrew Pithouse