Caribbean Political Economy

Biographical note

norman-bust-photoNorman Girvan is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies. Until recently he was Professorial Research Fellow at the UWI Graduate Institute of International Relations. In 2010 he was appointed as the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Representative on the Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy. In 2002-2011 he was a Board Member of the South Centre and served as Vice Chairman from 2006 to 2011. Since 2009 he has been a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. He has been Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States, Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, and head of the National Planning Agency of the Government of Jamaica. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics of the University College of the West Indies and his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. He has published extensively on the political economy of development in the Caribbean and the Global South. He is the recipient of several honours and awards.

Contact information

Norman Girvan



Telephone 868-628-9429

Research and Publications

Norman has published several books and articles on foreign investment and multinational corporations, the mining industry, technology, the IMF and external debt, social development, Caribbean integration, and economic thought. For a listing go to publications. For a synopsis go to One Thing Led to Another.


Seecretary-General Appoints Norman Girvan of Jamaica as Personal Representative on Border Controversy Between Guyana, Venzuela UN Department of Public Information

The National Project and the Role of the Engaged Intellectual of the South. Keynote Speech by Yash Tandon at the IXth SALISES Conference

The Power of Philosophy by Brian Meeks. Citation for Norman at the IXth SALISES Conference.

Citation of the University of Havana On the award of Honorary Doctorate in Economic Sciences.

Palabras de elogio al otorgamiento de la categoria de Doctor, Honoris Causas, de la Universidad de la Habana Antonio Romero