Welcome Message

Welcome to the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), named after one of the Caribbean's most distinguished economists. Formed in 1999 with a merger of the Consortium Graduate School of the Social Sciences (CGSSS) and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), SALISES has branches in Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine. The institute boasts its own documentation center, databank and publications section. The Norman Girvan Documentation Centre, named after a former Director of SALISES and an eminent Caribbean scholar, provides access to over 70,000 books, documents and journals. The Derek Gordon Data Bank, named after a distinguished Caribbean sociologist, provides an on-line resource of Caribbean data on important aspects of Caribbean development. SALISES (Mona) is also home to the leading Caribbean social science journal, Social and Economic Studies.

With a unique assimilation of graduate teaching and research, SALISES offers two excellent programmes at the MSc and MPhil/PhD levels. The courses are mainly delivered by research fellows with a strong history of research and excellent teaching. Conceptualized and implemented by former Director Professor Brian Meeks, SALISES has become known for its inter-faculty and inter-campus research clusters which examine social, political and economic issues facing small island developing states. We at SALISES are fully committed to fulfilling our mission:

To influence academic, public and policy debates; by undertaking research and graduate teaching from a Caribbean perspective within a multi-disciplinary, small-country and comparative context.

This is in keeping with the broader mission of the University:

To advance education and create knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.

Welcome to the Sir Arthur Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), where excellence in teaching and research is our guiding principle.

Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee
Former Director