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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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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

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)


JECS is now open access


The current online issue is serialised Volume 44, Number 1 April 2019. 2018 is to be treated as a gap year. Take advantage of our uploaded...

Congratulations to Ms Annie Paul on being awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation grant

About Flash Grants

Flash Grants are awarded by nomination only, from Shuttleworth Fellows, to individuals they would like to support/reward/encourage in their work for social...

New Book entitled, "Endangered and Transformative Childhood in Caribbean Small Island Developing States" by Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee

This book examines childhood in four Caribbean SIDS (Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and St. Lucia). Through the analysis of primary and secondary data, the author reveals that children in Caribbean SIDS...

Upcoming Events

21st Annual SALISES Conference

May 05, 2020 | St. Augistine Campus

SALISES 21st Annual Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS

May 05, 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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Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee

Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee

Caribbean sociologist undertaking academic...

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