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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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
Recent publication by Dr Preeya Mohan - Natural Hazard-Induced Disasters and Production Efficiency: Moving Closer to or Further from the Frontier?
Authors - Preeya S. Mohan, Nekeisha Spencer and Eric Strobl
Production efficiency is a key determinant of economic growth and demonstrates how a country uses its...
Recent publication by Dr Arlene Bailey et al. (2019) - ICT Use in the Context of Electricity Access in a Developing Country: A Choice Framework Analysis
Authors - Arlene Bailey, Aldrie Henry-Lee, Yhanore Johnson-Coke, Richard Leach, Anthony Clayton, Matt Gee, Oliver Browne
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and...
The SALISES Family would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Sir Alister McIntyre, former...
Small state diplomacy and global competitiveness
Abstract: Competitiveness is not only an economic matter; it is also a foreign policy issue. It requires the coordinated action of...
New Book entitled, "Recidivism in the Caribbean - Improving the Reintegration of Jamaican Ex-prisoners" by Dr Dacia Leslie, Research Fellow at SALISES, Mona
This book provides a detailed and practical exploration of criminal recidivism and social reintegration in Jamaica. It uses various methods...
Speaking at a post-Budget panel discussion hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies and the Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies last Wednesday,...
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.