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A Symposium on Topical Issues Arising from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Report

Community Voice 17 Jul, 2023 Follow News

Dr Livingston Smith

The Committee for the Promotion of Research and Caymanian Scholarship is planning its Second Bi-Annual Conference under the theme:

‘A Symposium on Topical Issues Arising from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing Report. This will take place November 22 and 23, 2023.


“Who you fah?” A census gathers data on various aspects of a population. It is a necessary social tool, allowing planning, research, and structured development. Policy makers can use census results to plan evidence-based interventions, based on critical demographic data. In turn, an active and engaged citizenry can also use this information to participate from an informed position in decision-making at the local and national levels.

The most recent Cayman census still brings a lacuna of analysis to be filled. The 2021 Census of Population and Housing Report provided critical data and aroused considerable interest. However, there has been no systematic investigation of its findings. This is the gap that this symposium is eager to fill.

The Symposium aims to:

1. Analyze and interpret societal issues and national trends through census data;

2. Evaluate decision-makers’ policies and programmes informed by data.

3. Engage the wider public in conversations about the census data, its strengths, and shortcomings;

4. Explore what/why certain demographics were excluded and possible ramifications;

5. Advance, engage and strengthen intellectual discourse locally and contextualize Caymanian research within the broader Caribbean.

The Symposium, like the Committee, is committed to increasing awareness that can shape our future through innovative thinking, community engagement, and transformative scholarship. As such, it wishes to bring together scholars, public intellectuals, activists, engaged community members, stakeholders and all persons who are interested in presenting their informed views on the 2021 Census in relation to the Cayman Islands community.

Interested persons are invited to write and present papers in any of the subfields listed below:

• A Development plan for the Cayman Islands

• Challenges of the green and blue economy

• Climate resilience and small island states

• Cost of living traumas

• Creative industries, the State and private sector

• Maintenance of cultural plurality and diversity

• Current and future policies on Sustainable Development

• Disability and development

• Education, decolonization, inequality, and equity

• Entrepreneurship as a development strategy

• Environmental sustainability and the future

• Family, Marriage, Children and Parenting

• Economy and economic growth

• Governance and Governmentality

• Immigration reform

• Implications for law and society

• Implications of reliance on imported labor

• Implications of rising levels of adult-onset diseases

• Infrastructural development implications

• Making Development Interventions: public policy

• Natural resources and ecological implications

• Population dynamics, fertility, and aging

• Positive Youth Development: new paradigm for change?

• Reproductive health and reproductive rights

• Schools, transport, and affordable housing

• Sport for development and the development of sport

• Tourism, turbulence, and sustainability

• Transformative reform

• Unemployment labor force participation

• Workforce policy


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and be written in single line spacing.

Submissions from young scholars are welcome, and will be considered as part of a designated panel. Please Submit to: CPRCS at cprcscayman@gmail.com  

Deadline for Submissions

Abstracts: October 20, 2023

Full paper: January 12, 2023


The Committee for the Promotion of Research and Cayman Scholarship is a group of Caymanian-minded intellectuals, stakeholders, and thinkers that spur thought about the Cayman Islands. Our mission is to promote the development and evolution of the Cayman Islands through research and to mentor promising Caymanian writers. Our vision is to introduce new ideas, deepen critical thinking on current issues and contribute meaningfully to the growing body of academic literature on Cayman. CPRCS advances knowledge through conferences, lectures, symposia, and similar events.

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