Sebrina Brown

Main areas of work and research interests:

  • Child Protection and Social Protection research
  • Children’s Rights with a focus on the rights of children with disabilities
  • Social Change Theory
  • International childhood research (Perspectives from the Global South)
  • Inclusion

Short Biography

Sebrina undertook and completed her BSc at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and subsequently went on to pursue her masters in Analysis and Design of Social Protection Systems at the Hochschule Bonn Rhein Seig University of Applied Sciences where her masters research was focused on the impact of case management systems on the quality of care offered to children in state care in Jamaica. In tandem with her studies, Ms. Brown has also worked for the Planning Institute of Jamaica as the Social Protection Specialist aiding in the development of policies to protect vulnerable populations including children and persons with disabilities. She also served as a member of various technical oversight and national committees, namely, the Child Protection Early Warning System Committee, the National Social Protection Committee and the National Poverty Reduction Programme Committee. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Goethe University focusing her research around the role of social assistance programmes in the protection of children with disabilities in Jamaica; an intersection between her work in the fields of social protection and child protection. Additionally, Ms. Brown in her capacity as a research assistant with the University also participates in research projects on childhood and social change and also leads classes centred around children’s rights and advocacy and qualitative methodologies.


Lectures & Seminars

August 2023: “Advancing Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa – Smart Solutions for the Insurance Sector Developed by H-BRS Alumni”, H-BRS University of Applied Sciences.

January 2024: “History of Childhood and Youth in Jamaica”, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

May 2024: “Childhood in the Jamaican Context”, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

June 2024: “Child Rights & Advocacy”, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

July 2024: "Advancing Social protection in West Africa – Smart Solutions Developed by H-BRS Alumni Towards an Inclusive Society", H-BRS University of Applied Sciences.

October 2024: “Qualitative Methods”, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.


Research Projects

  • The Handbook of Life Course Transitions, Chapter on Transitions in Childhood (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Sabine Andresen).