IMG_2844 Louise Armstrong
Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy of Political Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus in Barbados


In this episode of the ACUNS Professional Development podcast series, co-host Alistair Edgar joins Louise Armstrong, PhD Candidate at the University of the West Indies to discuss her transition from practitioner to doctoral student. Before beginning her doctoral studies in political science, Armstrong worked for the Inter-American Development Bank on the Compete Caribbean Program. In describing the transition from practitioner to academic, Armstrong highlights the emotional investment in development work and the difficulties in leaving such work. In discussing her own work on development and human security, Armstrong addresses some of the benefits—and challenges—that can arise when practitioners and academics work together. In her own career, Armstrong hopes to remain involved in development work as well as academia.

Caribbean Studies Association. The CSA is holding their annual conference in Haiti in June.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Compete Caribbean, which is jointly funded by the IDB, UK Department for International Development, and the Government of Canada.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Istanbul Human Security Conference. The Istanbul Human Security Conference is holding their conference in Istanbul in October.

About Louise Armstrong
Louise Armstrong is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Her area of research is Human Security. She is also a Research Assistant at UWI, working with Dr. Kristina Hinds-Harrison. She recently spoke at the Fifth Istanbul Human Security Conference in Turkey on Humanitarian Aid and Human Security. Previously, Louise worked throughout the Caribbean with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the Compete Caribbean Program as a Project Development Officer for Support to Clustering Initiatives. She has also worked with the IDB in other roles including as a Research Fellow and on the Operations team. Louise holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Honours Global Studies and Political Science with Research Specialization from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

Areas of expertise: Human security, International Development
Region of focus: Caribbean