Senator Dr. Ramesh Deosaran
Professor Ramesh Deosaran has served as an Independent Senator in the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Republican Parliaments. Prof. Deosaran (then Dr. Deosaran) first entered Parliament as an Independent Senator in 1987, during the regime of the National Alliance for Reconstruction. During the 8th Republican Parliament Prof. Deosaran served as Chairman of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament appointed to inquire into Municipal Corporations and Service Commissions. He has successfully moved several motions in Parliament including one to review the death penalty, and another to allow live broadcasting of Parliamentary debates and proceedings.
Prof. Deosaran is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada where he obtained his B.Sc. (First Class Honours), M.A. and Ph.D. An internationally renowned scholar in criminology and the social sciences, he has been recently conferred with the title of Professor Emeritus at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. Among his accomplishments include his development of the B.Sc. Major in Psychology and the Graduate Programme (M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D) in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is the founder/Director of The Ansa McAl Psychological Research Centre and Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus. He has been Visiting Professor at several other universities including Stanford University, University of Bombay, Univeristy of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), Oxford University and Florida State University.
For the past 20 years, Prof. Deosaran has been an active researcher in the areas of crime prevention and management, criminal justice, school violence and juvenile delinquency, poverty, educational administration and equity, community policing and police reform, penal reform, governance and civil society. He has published 14 books and over 200 scholarly papers on the above subjects to date.
Prof. Deosaran has been Consultant/Advisor to several regional and international organizations including the IADB, World Bank, the National Crime Commission of St. Lucia, the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police, United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODC), and the Caricom Task Force on Crime and Security on matters of crime prevention, institutional strengthening, poverty reduction and civil society.