The Institute's history goes back to the early days of the University of the West Indies, with the formation of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) in 1948. ISER was established in advance of the faculty of Social Sciences in order to build a solid foundation of empirical data on the Caribbean region and functioned admirably in this capacity for some fifty years.

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Directors' Message

Prof. Aldrie Henry-Lee
Mona Campus

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Dr. Hamid Ghany
St. Augustine Campus

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Dr. Don D. Marshall
Cave Hill Campus

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Welcome to SALISES Regional

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Our Research

SALISES is heir to a rich and distinguished history of research inherited from the work of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), which was established at the birth of the University College of the West Indies in 1948. Among the outstanding scholars who were either affiliated to or worked closely with ISER were MG Smith, William Demas, Lloyd Braithwaite, RT Smith, George Cumper, Lloyd Best, CY Thomas, Kari Levitt and Havelock Brewster. Together and individually they were responsible for a range of theoretical interventions as well as empirical investigations that lay the foundations for contemporary social sciences in the Anglophone Caribbean. Further outstanding contributions to theory and research came from, among many others, Carleen O'Loughlin, Alister McIntyre, Joycelin Byrne (now Massiah), Vaughan Lewis, Norman Girvan, Eddie Green, Patrick Emmanuel (ISER Cave Hill), and Selwyn Ryan, Norma Abdullah and Jack Harewood (ISER St Augustine)


In the News

New publication from Dr. Bephyer Parey

Congratulations to Dr. Bephyer Parey, Postdoctoral Fellow, SALISES St. Augustine, on the publication of her latest journal article in the journal SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH published by Springer entitled "...

New publication from Dr. Hamid Ghany

New publications from Dr. Hamid Ghany in the Journal of Legislative Studies entitled:

"Correcting Arend Lijphart's Hybrid VI : the case of Guyana"....

Aldrie Henry-Lee | COVID-19, Children’s Rights And The UN 2030 Agenda

As we celebrate Child Month, we reflect that the COVID-19 pandemic will retard progress in the fulfilment of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN 2030 Agenda is a globally...

COVID-19 ‘will intensify inequality’

A growing gap between the haves and have-nots in the Caribbean will widen owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional social policy experts have predicted.

Recent publication by Ms. Thelma White

Ms. Thelma White, Librarian in the Jamaica Journal, Vol 37. No. 3, December 2019

Title:  Squatting on the Hellshire Beach: Effects on the Environment and Significance in...

New publications from Dr. Preeya Mohan and Dr. Bephyer Parey

Dr. Preeya Mohan, Fellow, in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (see link below)


Featured Event

21st Annual SALISES Conference

August 27, 2020 | St. Augistine Campus

The W Arthur Lewis Page

The W Arthur Lewis Page provides a focal point for all those seeking information on Arthur Lewis and his work, and through which scholars can dialogue on the impact of his work. It provides links to online material on Lewis as well as references to other print and audio visual resources.

It includes an extensive list of his publications and commentaries on his work. Past Lewis events are documented and information is provided on planned events including those which are held annually. Contributions in the form of questions, comments or information about upcoming events are welcomed.

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Dr Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams is a Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). He spent several years...

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