Natasha Kay Mortley, PhD

Lecturer and Research Specialist, Institute for Gender and Development Studies

Dr. Natasha Kay Mortley is a Lecturer and Research Specialist at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  She holds a PhD in Migration and Diaspora Studies and her Doctoral research focused on nurse migration and the impact on Caribbean health systems. 


Dr. 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.


Dr. Natasha Mortley is currently Strategic Gender and Migration Advisor to the Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission.