Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences
Vol. 1, (1), March 2012
Editorial
Dylan Kerrigan
Changing Times
The Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences (JDBS) is an online, bi-annual, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. It is a medium through which the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, can better disseminate its research and improve its connections with the wider public.

At heart, the university is a public institution. We are producers of common knowledge and culture; knowledge factories and culture industries if you will. In recent times as the neoliberal paradigm has spread across the world private corporations are increasingly becoming the gatekeepers of this knowledge and culture. Unfortunately, the values of many of these private corporations do not align well with certain intrinsic values of the university. The public role of the university in this situation for example has begun to suffer. Primarily this can be linked to the fact that much university research is now locked behind pay walls and common knowledge is becoming enclosed rather than shared.