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The UWI’s SALISES to collaborate with the University of Sussex’s Institute

For Release Upon Receipt - May 18, 2018


In its thrust to broaden its international reach and reputation, the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. The two Universities have committed to collaborate on research-based solutions for sustainable social and economic development and teaching at the graduate level. The MOU will see joint research, publications, staging of conferences and academic meetings, exchange of academic material and other aspects of teaching and learning.

The MOU was signed on April 26, 2018 during the SALISES’ 19th Annual Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica as part of the calendar of events marking The UWI's 70th anniversary. Director of IDS at University of Sussex, Professor Melissa Leach also delivered the conference’s distinguished lecture on the topic, Equity in the Anthropocene: Charting Transformational Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures.

Commenting on the MOU, Professor Leach said, “I am delighted that IDS has signed an MOU with The University of the West Indies, and look forward to close collaboration into the future on the many topics where we share common interests.”

Director of SALISES, Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee, stated, “This MOU presents an excellent opportunity for collaborative research and academic engagement between the two institutes. This relationship will further expose our research fellows and students to international best practices in policy planning and, importantly, to programmatic implementation.”




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Professor Melissa Leach (left), Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee (right), Director, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies, The UWI.



Formed in 1999 with a merger of the Consortium Graduate School of the Social Sciences (CGSS) and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) has branches in Mona, Cave Hill and St. Augustine. The institute, named after Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Laureate in Economics and the first Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), boasts its own documentation centre, 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 online 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. Website:


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)