International Labour Organization launches Call for Research Proposals on Labour Markets and Resilience in the Caribbean

Deadline: 15 September 2019

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the Caribbean, in collaboration with Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, UWI, St. Augustine Campus and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is launching a call for research proposals on labour markets and resilience.

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The call intends to support research, investigating whether Caribbean labour markets are able to cope with external shocks stemming from changes in climate patterns (and related socio economic transformation) and/or natural disasters. The main goal is to determine suitable recommendations vis-à-visthose phenomena and to ensure that elements of the decent work agenda are fully ingrained into future policy making.

Objective of the research and areas of investigation

The main objective of the research to be financed is to expand the knowledge base on labour markets and resilience in the Caribbean with the aim of providing evidence-based policy recommendations for the promotion of the decent work agenda in the region. Specifically, the call is to support the production of research papers that present the result of socio-economic research, analyzing how changes in climate patterns, occurrence of natural disasters, crisis and the Caribbean countries’ responses may affect:

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  1. Labour markets dynamics. Analysis of the latter may reflect:
    • Actual or potential changes in aggregate production or production per sector and related implications in terms of employment by industry, and/or occupation.
    • Human capital development trends and the potential impact of climate change and natural disaster shocks and resilience.
    • Implications in terms of labour market institutions, labour administration, and employment relationships from climate change and resilience.
    • General implications on demand, supply or intermediation.
    • Implications for social protection of changes in the labour markets.
    • Decent Work related to the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) targets and indicators.
  2. Economic units. Analysis of the latter may reflect:
    • Changes in industrial organization affecting operations worldwide and, specifically, in the Caribbean with an emphasis on human resources and employment relationships.
    • Changes in business models affecting operations in the Caribbean with an emphasis on human resources and employment relationships
  3. Public policies. Specifically, what is sought is an analysis of policies bearing direct and intended implications on business and labour market (private sector development, education, labour market, employment generation, and migration) in terms of their:
    • Shape and objectives;
    • Budgetary allocation; and
    • Expected or perceived impacts.

Each paper is expected to incorporate at least three sections: a literature review, analysis and conclusion including policy recommendations.

Application from various disciplines as well as multidisciplinary investigation is encouraged. While a social sciences perspective is preferred (economics, sociology, political science, legal, etc), reference to natural science and its impact on the dimensions of interest can be considered.

Multi country analysis or analysis which will adopt a regional or sub regional perspective is encouraged.

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ILO and the scientific committee being aware of the existing issues with access to data (from survey or administrative sources) within the Caribbean region, may consider providing any support necessary to researchers to access relevant datasets. Necessary and points awarding condition is to mention such difficulties in the research proposal, together with precise and detailed survey questions, data breakdowns, and reference to existing data of interest.

Funding Information

The sum requested should not exceed USD10,000. Any proposal which will require a lower amount will be given additional scoring. Similarly, ceteris paribus, any proposal which will allow to combine more than one source of funding for the sake of delivering a better research outcome will be favoured. Finally, preference will be given to proposals stimulating collaborative research, particularly involving different academic institutions or any combination of academia and civil service.

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Eligibility Criteria

The present call for proposals is open to all individuals ages 18 and above. Institutions as such may not apply. Reviewers will give special consideration to Caribbean born researchers and new and early stage investigators.

How to Apply

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  • Proposals must be submitted to the ILO via email address given on the website.
  • Each proposal should consist of:
    • Abstract of the research paper, 400 words.
    • A 600 words presentation of the research objectives, questions and methodology. The latter shall outline contribution of the research proposal to the knowledge base (citing main existing literature and producing a preliminary bibliography), originality, and proposed investigative process.
    • A detailed outline of the financial requirement for the research including the contribution of the researcher, of the institution of affiliation (if any), and of any available financial resource coming from other sources.
    • Curriculum vitae and current affiliation of researchers.

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