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Danielle Watson

Social Sciences
University of south pacific


Danielle was awarded a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine in 2016. She specializes in police/civilian relations on the margins with particular interests in hotspot policing, police recruitment and training as well as many other areas specific to policing in developing country contexts. Her research interests are multidisciplinary in scope as she also conducts research geared towards the advancement of tertiary teaching and learning. She is the principal researcher on two ongoing projects “Crime, Criminality and North-to-South Criminological Complexities” and “Re-Imagining Graduate Supervision”. She has received several awards and grants to conduct research in Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Austria, Canada, Australia and Fiji. Among the prestigious awards she received were a Caribbean-Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS) PhD Mobility Scholarship (2014) and an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowship (2016). She is passionate about working with all stakeholders involved in the maintenance of law and order, and hopes to advance policing policies and practices through academic outreach. 

Research Interest

policies and practices


  • Watson, D. (2015). “‘Hotspot Policing’: A comparative analysis of sanctioned acts of policing versus media representations of policing in a stigmatized community in Trinidad”. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, DOI:10.1080/15614263.2015.1108195

  • Watson, D. (2016). “The Power of Community Branding: An examination of the impact of imposed categories on policing a ‘crime hotspot community’”. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Volume 11, Number 1. 51-68.

  • Watson, D. & Roberts, N (2016) “Re-imagining Graduate Supervision”. Caribbean Teaching Scholar, Volume 6. 27-42.

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