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Dr. Winston Moore appointed to rank of Professor

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus is pleased to announce the promotion of economist Dr. Winston Moore to the rank of professor, effective January 2016.

The Head of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in that department.

Professor Moore has published over 80 referred articles, books and book chapters, with his research receiving 454 citations, 373 of which occurred since 2010.

He has also actively participated in the completion of major national efforts in the areas of resource and development economics, most notably the Barbados Green Economy Scoping Study.

His research has centred on three key areas: the green economy, tourism and climate change and private sector development within the Caribbean.

The professor was surprised by the quick news of his promotion.

“I didn’t expect it to come back this soon, I was thinking it would be a year of two. It’s such a prestigious appointment I was thinking that maybe it wasn’t that good of a time to apply, maybe I should have waited a little bit longer but a lot of my colleagues were saying they thought I was ready and should apply,’ said Prof. Moore.

During his professional career, the 37-year-old has had a steady association with the university.

After completing his undergraduate degree at the Cave Hill campus in 1999, he served as a part-time lecturer at the institution for a year.

Following this, he joined the staff at the Central Bank of Barbados, serving in various positions over a six-year period, including as research officer, economist and senior economist.

He re-joined the University of the West Indies in 2006 as lecturer, never losing his passion for research.

“I managed to do a fair amount of research in a very short period of time and I think one of the main reasons for that is that I had some very good mentors at the start of my career. When I left UWI with an undergraduate degree in economics, I immediately started doing research. Most persons begin their research agenda after they obtain their PhD. By the time I was awarded my PhD I was already fairly established with 30 or 40 publications so it was a matter of completing my research agenda,” Prof. Moore said.

His recent publications include, Impact of Climate Change on Caribbean Tourism Demand; An Assessment of the Economic Impact of Climate Change on the Tourism Sector in Saint Lucia; and An Assessment of the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change on the Tourism Sector in the Caribbean and An Assessment of the Economic Impact of Climate Change on the Macroeconomy in the Caribbean.

This research has fed into the recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and provided scientific evidence to support the potential impact of climate change on tourism.

Additionally, the journal article which examined the impact of climate change on tourism has already been cited over 31 times, in just four years since publication.

The impact of the research done by the respected economist has enabled him to obtain funding to investigate various resource efficiency issues.

He explained that UWI Director of Planning and Development Professor Andrew Downes and the late Professor RolandCraigwell, two of his mentors, played pivotal roles in guiding his career.

“Once you get that good foundation and a mentor to get you going then the process of doing research and publication becomes relatively easy. That sort of mentorship is really important,” he said.

With his passion for details and a keen interest in learning, Professor Moore embarks on a new academic challenge every summer by working with two undergraduate students on a research paper which is presented at the Central Bank’s annual review seminar. This helps them to develop a passion for research from early and continues the tradition of my mentor Professor Craigwell.

Prof. Moore has served in various positions, including President of the Barbados Economics Society and is a Research Associate at the Central Bank of Barbados as well as the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance.

He is a regular contributor to talk and print media and an avid public speaker.

He credits his mother, Patricia, and wife, Joy-Ann, for being key parts of his personal support system.

The academic, who finds time to indulge in his passion for tennis every Saturday, is also a devoted father to four-year-old daughter, Gabriella.


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