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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.
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications
- Watson, D. & Roberts, N (2016) “Re-imagining Graduate Supervision”. Caribbean Teaching Scholar, Volume 6. 27-42.
- 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. (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. (2014). “Defining power margins: A classification of power within the discourses of police and civilian in a crime ‘hotspot community’ in Northern Trinidad'”. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Volume 9, Number 3. 227-250.
Selected Conference Presentations
- Youssef, V & Watson, D. (2016). “Who’s to fear whom? How residents of a crime hotspot perceive criminality”. Crime in the Anglophone Caribbean, University of Leicester, UK.
- Watson, D. (2013). “‘Hotspot Policing’: A comparative analysis of sanctioned acts of policing versus media representations of policing in a stigmatized community in Trinidad”. The Human Communication Studies Conference 2013, The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.
- Watson, D & Ali, T. (2013). “Prison Talk: The power link among communication, culture and community for incarcerated males”. The Human Communication Studies Conference 2013, The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.
- Watson, D. (2013). “Triple Blows: The impact of popular culture, incarceration and education on the semantics of Trinidad English Vernacular”. 1st ISLE (Post-)Doctoral Spring School “Englishes in a Multilingual World: New Dynamics of Variation, Contact and Change” Freiburg University, Germany.
- Watson, D. (2013). “Reflections of migrant linguist: A case for an inter-disciplinary examination of power relationships between civilians from a stigmatized, suburban, low income sector and police officers in Trinidad”. ‘Understanding the Caribbean through the Lens of Research and Practice’, Department of Behavioural Sciences Postgraduate Conference, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine.