Northover, Patrcia Dr

Patricia Northover, PhD

Profile Statement:

Jamaica Commonwealth/Chevening Scholar, Critical Philosopher and Heterodox Economist working in the field of Post-colonial Development studies, with emphasis on race critical theory, global transformations, rural development and decolonial praxis.

  • Senior Research Fellow, SALISES
  • Chair- Sustainable Rural and Agricultural Development (SRAD) Research Cluster
  • Chair- Sustainable Futures, Policy Brief Series
  • Associate Editor - Cultural Dynamics
  • Co-Founder - Race, Space, Place: The Making And Unmaking Of Freedoms In The Atlantic And Beyond
  • Past Director - Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Past member - Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee, Jamaica
  • Past member - National Biosafety Committee
  • Founding Member - Cambridge Critical Realist Workshop, UK.
  • Founder of the Lemuel Henry Scholarship Program, Excelsior High School


Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Economics and Critical Development Theory
  • The Political Economy of Agrarian Change and Rural Development
  • Small States Double Exposure To Climate Change And Globalization
  • Rural Vulnerability And Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
  • Race And Rurality In Modern World Systems
  • Moral Economy of Markets
  • Decoloniality and the Politics of Blackness
  • Postcolonial Theories Of Race And Inequality
  • Caribbean Futures Studies and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Recent Projects

  • Participation on Bass Project (USA): “Moral Economy of Markets: Constituting and Resisting Relations of Power” with the Kenan Institute of Ethics, Duke University 2018/19
  • Participation on UK-Caribbean Project: “Caricrop: Exploring The Potential Of New Technologies To Support Local And Inter-Regional Agricultural Trade In The Caribbean” with the University of Edinburgh, 2019
  • Contributor on GOJ/UNDP First National Sustainable Development Report for Jamaica, 2018 - Recieved The Principal’s Research Award for The Project with the Greatest Business/ Economic/ Development Impact; SALISES, UWI, Social Sciences, 2019
  • Principal Investigator- Sugar Heritage Film Project, University of the West Indies, SALISES and Government of Jamaica, 2013-18



1. Crichlow, Michaeline with Patricia Northover (2009). Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation (Durham: Duke University Press), ISBN, 978-0-8223-4441-4. 

2. Crichlow, M., Northover P. and Guisti Cordero, J. (eds) (2018). Race and Rurality in the Global Economy. Binghamton, SUNY Press.



1. M. Crichlow, D. Jenson and P. Northover (eds.) (2012). ‘States of Freedom/Freedom of States’. Special issue Global South, 2012, 6 (1).

2. Northover, P (2012) “Globalization and Climate Change: Confronting the Caribbean’s Double exposure”, editor of special issues of Small States Digest, volume 4: 2012 (48 pp) and volume 2: 2013.

3. Northover, Patricia. ed. (2005). Double volume of Social and Economic Studies, special issue on  Sir Arthur Lewis’ Theory of Economic Growth, ISSN  0037-7651, Vol. 54, (3), part 1 and Vol. 54 (4), part 2.



1. Northover, P. (1999). “Evolutionary Growth Theory and Forms of Realism,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol.23, No. 1, pp. 36-63.

2. Northover, P and Crichlow M, (2016). “Journey towards the Future: Negritude, Abject Blackness and the Emancipatory force of Spectrality” South Atlantic Quarterly, 115(3):535-556.



1. Northover, P (2014) “Development as Freedom” in The Companion to Development  Studies,  Third Edition,  edited by Vandana Desai and Robert Potter, (London: Routledge): 33-38.  



2014 - Most Outstanding Researcher; University of West Indies, Faculty of Social Sciences

2014 - Best Publication Award; University of West Indies, Faculty of Social Sciences (Global South, 2012, 6 (1): 66-86.)

2014 -Research Project with Greatest Multidisciplinary/Cross Faculty collaboration; University of West Indies, Faculty of Social Sciences.  Gender and Youth Assessment: Jamaica REEACH Project

2015  -Fellow of the Year-Award for Excellence in Teaching; Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies ( SALISES).


SRAD Research Cluster

This research group seeks to engage in a process of critical review and analysis of the main factors that need to be addressed for rural spaces to act as a catalyst of empowerment, food security and self-determination in the context of globalization and climate change. The cluster aims to support critical interventions and participatory practices in order to realize a process of equitable, balanced or integrated (spatial) development and sustainable futures.  The members include persons working in the areas of geography, anthropology, sociology, development, post-colonial and critical gender studies and includes policy and industry specialists.


Highlights under SRAD

  • Children’s Animation TV Series- Ms Sugga, Best Caribbean short film finalist in Kingstoon Animation Festival 2019. The film was accepted for the Canadian Caribbean Tales Film Festival and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019.
  • Adult Documentary TV Series- Sugar Cane: Recycling Sweetness and Power in Modern Jamaica - Film selected for the CARIFESTA edition of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, 2019
  • International Conference- Globalization, Climate Change and Rural Resilience (2012)
  • Public Seminar- Valuing Development in Protected Areas: The Goat Island Debate (2014)

Cluster website