Dr. Natasha Kay Mortley is a national of St. Lucia.  She holds a BSc in Sociology, MPhil in Sociology of Development and PhD in Migration and Diaspora Studies.  In 2006 she was the recipient of the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship to conduct her doctoral research at the University College London, UK, and in 2010 she received the Global Development Network Award for research on Migration and Development.


Dr. Mortley is a Lecturer and Research Methodologist at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), Regional Coordinating Office, UWI, Jamaica where she lectures the courses: Key Theories and Debates in Gender & Development, Gender Analysis for Development Policy & Planning, Research Methods for Gender & Development and Foundations of Feminist Methodology and Epistemology.


Natasha Mortley has extensive experience in the field of Development Studies, having been engaged in a multi-disciplinary approach to key developmental challenges of particular relevance to the Caribbean region.  Her research work has inter alia focused on: migration & diaspora studies; migration, health & development; medical tourism; diaspora tourism; sports tourism; gender & leadership; gender & entrepreneurship; gender & climate change; and contemporary Caribbean masculinities.  Her disciplinary focus over the past fifteen (15) years has been dedicated to integrating a gender perspective to Caribbean social development and policy issues.  She therefore considers herself a social developmentalist working in the area of gender and development studies and an advocate for gender equity and social justice.


She is currently Expert Advisor to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat “Migration and Diaspora Programme” and a member of The African-Caribbean Women’s Mobility and Self-fashioning in Post-diaspora Contexts Network with the Southbank University, London UK.




St. Lucian Women on the Move: The Impact of Gender Relations on Migration Decisions. VDM Verlag. November 2009.


Chapters in Books

Nurse Migration and the Impact on the Health Care System: Focus on St. Lucia and Jamaica, in Freedom and Constraint in Caribbean Migration, edited by Elizabeth Thomas-Hope. Kingston: Ian Randle Publications.  2009, pp 315-329.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

The impact of Nurse Migration on Caribbean Health Care Systems: A Phenomenological Approach. Sage Research Methods Cases Online Journal. January 2017.


Baldwin, A. and MORTLEY, N.  Reassessing Caribbean Migration: Love, Power and Re Building in the Diaspora. Journal of International Women Studies. Vol. 17, Issue 3. Women and Gender: Looking Toward Caribbeanness.  2016 pp 164-176.


Strategic Opportunities from Diaspora Tourism: The Jamaican Perspective.  Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.  Vol. 17, Issue 2. November 2011, pp 171-185.


Strategic Developmental Opportunities from Diaspora Tourism.  World Sustainable Development Outlook 2010 edited by Allam, Ahmed and Gale Rigobert. November 2010, pp 413-428.


Forthcoming Journal Articles

More than dollars and cents: Leveraging the multiple roles of Caribbean migrant women within the Diaspora for Sustainable development. Caribbean Review of Gender Studies: A Journal of Caribbean Perspectives on Gender and Feminisms. Forthcoming Fall 2018.