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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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

Caribbean Child Research Conference Publication

SALISES in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund, hosted the annual Caribbean Child Research Conference from November 14-15, 2019 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados.


Recent publication by Professor Eric Strobl and Dr Preeya Mohan - Climate and the Global Spread and Impact of Bananas’ Black Leaf Sigatoka Disease

While Black Sigatoka Leaf Disease (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) has arguably been the most important pathogen affecting the banana industry over the past 50 years, there are no...

Recent publication by Dr Preeya Mohan - The impact of tropical storms on the accumulation and composition of government debt

The impact of tropical storms on the accumulation and composition of government debt

This paper investigates the impact of tropical storms on government debt...

NATFATIP to receive library collection on human trafficking (to be housed at SALISES)

Efforts to eliminate human trafficking in Jamaica are to be significantly boosted with the handover of an extensive library collection on sex trafficking and human...

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"....

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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Arlene Bailey Dr

Social Researcher in the areas of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), sustainable development, community...

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