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)
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SIR WILLIAM ARTHUR LEWIS (VIRTUAL) DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: SUSTAINED ECONOMIC RECOVERY POST-PANDEMIC – THE LEWIS MODEL, PRESENTED BY CARICOM SECRETARY-GENERAL DR CARLA BARNETT (Lecture and recording)
SIR WILLIAM ARTHUR LEWIS (VIRTUAL) DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: SUSTAINED ECONOMIC RECOVERY POST-PANDEMIC – THE LEWIS MODEL, PRESENTED BY CARICOM SECRETARY-GENERAL DR CARLA BARNETT (...
The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALESIS) hosted its distinguished lecture on Tuesday, April 26, which was delivered by CARICOM Secretary General Dr Carla Barnett. Her topic...
Bernal sees scope for remittances, hospitality investment but bearish on exports
Recent publications from Ambassador Richard L. Bernal, Professor of Practice, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
- “Does Fidel...
Ambassador Richard Bernal, giving his address during the commemorative activities for Commonwealth Day 2022
President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Jamaica chapter, Ambassador Richard Bernal, giving his address during the commemorative activities for Commonwealth Day 2022 celebrated on March 14, in a...
The SALISES Family would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Professor Selwyn Ryan, former Director of SALISES, St. Augustine.
Professor Ryan passed away on...
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.