Dr Dylan Kerrigan

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I am a lecturer in criminology. I currently work with a multi-disciplinary research team researching the definition, extent, experience and treatment of MNS disorders in Guyana’s jails: both among inmates and the people who work with them.

From a Caribbean, global South perspective I am most interested in how cultural and economic processes extend over long periods of time in the service of various systems of power. My main theoretical focus is coloniality and the punishment of capital via the study of such areas such as: structural class analysis; class and culture; race, class, and colourism; inequality; social change and the state; spectacle, carnival, and sport; popular culture; social and economic justice; power, elites, and white-collar crime; culture and politics; criminal justice systems; and masculinities and violence. My teaching and research looks at the world from a Caribbean centre because the way power is structured in the modern world most people do not have a good grasp of the importance of the Caribbean, both in the history and future of the world. Specifically, how do social and cultural systems extend over long periods of time in the service and power of a particular economic model and system, variably referred to as "capitalism"? in this sense I am a critical and southern criminologist.

I was a lecturer and researcher in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Political Sociology, and Criminology at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus from 20007 to 2019.

Methodologically, I am primarily an ethnographer and social historian. I am also an expert in the following:

  • "Liming" as culturally relevant methodology
  • Informal interviews
  • Life Stories/Histories
  • Participant Observation
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Focus Groups
  • Structured Survey instruments
  • Community mapping
  • Archival and library research
  • Ethnography / Rapid assessment ethnography
  • Discourse Analysis
  • I'm also pretty good at getting people to tell me stories...

In 2018 and 2019 I developed a pilot project for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on youth peer mentorship. The pilot was extended into a second phase based off this work. My report was titled ‘Youth Peer Mentorship/“Upfull Hustlers” Project to Reduce Gang Violence: A Pilot Study in Mon Repos, Morvant, Trinidad.’ The project was reported on in the media.

In 2018 I was part of a policy roundtable held by the UNDP with security services and government ministries on ‘Understanding the Connections between International Drug Trafficking and Community Gang Violence in Port of Spain’.

In 2017 and 2018 I was a Co-Investigator for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Trans-National Organised Crime Cross-disciplinary Innovation Grant (£99,550). The Project was called: Breaking Bad: How transnational drug trafficking creates violent masculinities in local Caribbean communities in Port of Spain.

In 2017 I worked with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and the UNDP on a consultancy titled ‘Preventing Violence Extremism through Strategic Communications Project’. I conducting focus groups across the country, wrote a consultancy report about my findings and led a workshop on StratCom 101 sensitisation training for 70 government and civil society representatives to enhance awareness and understanding on PVE through strategic communications.

In 2017 I was a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and conducted interviews with government ministers and high level civil servants to better understand why in the face of many metrics showing success in reducing levels of violence in the society the Government had decided to discontinue the Citizen Security Program. The report was titled ‘the Socio-Cultural Layers and Influences in the Implementation of the Citizen Security Programme in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)’.

In 2016 and 2017 I was a Consultant and Lead Researcher for Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT) on Procedural Fairness in the Criminal Justice System of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2016, 2017 and 2018 I led continuing education seminars for 120, 80 and 30 Judges and Magistrates respectively on Implicit Bias in adjudication, and also the implementation of Procedural Justice.

Between 2016 and 2019 I was appointed by the President of Trinidad and Tobago as a commissioner on the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago and I oversaw two elections in that capacity.


  • Victims of Crime (Undergraduate)
  • Doing Criminological Research (Undergraduate)
  • Criminological Research Methods (Postgraduate)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Campus Based Year 1 Personal Tutor


I've done research on:


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Prisons
  • Court User Experiences
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Male violence
  • White collar crime and corruption
  • Participatory Action Research

Publications (selected)

2020 ‘Exploring Alienation, Bias and Coloniality in 21st century Magistrate Courts of Trinidad and Tobago’ in Local Entanglements of Global Inequalities: Caribbean-European Conversations and Decolonial Thought. Anthem Press

2019 ‘Toward a Caribbean Feminist Criminology’, Caribbean Journal of Criminology Vol 1 (4), April 2019 [co-authored with Lucy Evans]

2019 ‘“She look for it”: Young men, community violence, and gender in urban Trinidad’, Vol 1 (4), April 2019 Caribbean Journal of Criminology

2019 ‘Securing Equality For All – The Evidence and Recommendations,’ in Caribbean Judicial Dialogue: Equality For All in The Administration of Justice. The Faculty of Law The University of the West Indies (UWI): Mona

2018 ‘Love Is Love: The Recent Jason Jones Judgement in Trinidad and Tobago’, Journal of Legal Anthropology, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2018

2018 ‘Language-in-Use Under Militarisation and Insecurity: How Securitisation Discourse Wounds Trinidad,’ Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Online First

2017 ‘Crime, criminality and North-to-South criminological complexities: Theoretical implications for policing ‘hotspot’ communities in ‘underdeveloped’ countries’ in the Handbook of Criminology and the Global South [Co-authored with Danielle Watson]

2016 ‘Who’s Afraid of Human Right’s? The Judge’s Dilemma: An Anthropologist’s Contribution’ in Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2015: Who’s Afraid of Human Rights? A Judge’s Dilemma - The Fifth Annual Distinguished Jurist Lecture delivered by Dame Linda Dobbs DBE. Trinidad: Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago

2016 ‘“Who ent Dead, Badly Wounded”: The Everyday Life of Pretty and Grotesque Bodies in Urban Trinidad’ in International Journal of Cultural Studies. November 3, 2016.

2015 ‘Transnational Anti-Black Racism and State Violence in Trinidad’ in Fieldsights – Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Online, June 29, 2015,

2013 ‘White Collar Crime in Trinidad’ in Gangs in the Caribbean, (eds.) Randy Seepersad and Ann Marie Bissessar. London: Cambridge Scholars [Co-authored with Nirmala Sookoo]

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