Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee is the Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) Mona Campus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the St Augustine campus, the University of the West Indies (The UWI) and a Master of Science (MSc) and PhD degrees from the Consortium Graduate School, Mona Campus, The UWI, Jamaica.
Prof. Henry-Lee is a highly respected academic, who has been recognized locally, regionally and internationally as a community sociologist, working in the area of Social Policy. Her research focus has been in the areas of children’s rights, poverty, health, deviance and social development. She has conducted work in many Caribbean countries, among them Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Belize and Grenada.
Prof. Lee is a prolific researcher, who has produced a sustained body of original work in the field of public policy on poverty, gender, Caribbean childhoods and human rights. She has centred the experiences of developing Caribbean countries in her work, enabling her to critically assess how UN Millennium Development Goals, UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child have been implemented in these contexts, and the work that still needs to be done to advance a rights-based approach to development. She is a recipient of the Principal’s Distinguished Researcher Award for the Faculty of Social Sciences.
She is the author of five edited books related to child research, three short monographs, five special journal issues as well as eight book chapters, and 19 journal articles. Her work is published in a variety of well-respected outlets including Social and Economic Studies, Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Journal of Public Sector Management, Reproductive Health Matters (UK), West Indian Medical Journal, Environment and Urbanization (UK), Ian Randle Publishers and University of Bergen (UiB).
Much of her work has influenced policy formulation and analysis across the Caribbean. For example, her studies on the impact of incarceration of Jamaican women on themselves and their dependents; the Foster Care System in Jamaica, the evaluation of the Social Protection system in St. Lucia and Protecting the Medically Indigent and the Poor under National Health Insurance, have helped to paint a picture of the social problems related to poverty and have emphasized that unless targeted measures are employed to address vulnerability, there is little evidence that the quality of life for the underprivileged will improve.
In addition to her scholarly work, Dr Henry-Lee has given considerable service to the University as Acting Director of SALISES, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Chair and member of several university committees. In recognition of her excellence in teaching, she was selected as the UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awardee in 2010.
Dr Henry-Lee has also gained widespread acclamation for her public service as Chair of the annual Regional Caribbean Child Research Conference. The conference has won the award for the project with the most developmental impact in the Faculty of Social Sciences and is the only forum which provides equal voice to children and adults, as children also present their research and compete for the outstanding Child Researcher award.