The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) was established in August 1999 as a result of a merger of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), established in 1948, and the Consortium Graduate School of Social Sciences(CGSSS), established in 1985. It has been named after Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Laureate in Economics and the first Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies.
SALISES has branches on the three campuses of the University of the West Indies:
Each branch is headed by a Director. One of the Directors is appointed as University Director, responsible for the overall functioning of SALISES. The current University Director is Professor Andrew Downes and is based at Cave Hill.
The Institute hosts the Documentation and Data Centre and the Derek Gordon Data Bank, both on the Mona campus. The Institute's mandate is to conduct training and research of a regional, multidisciplinary and policy-oriented nature to serve the needs of small developing countries like those in the Caribbean. It has been designated as one of the principal units at the core of the University's School of Graduate Studies and Research.
The Institute has published an extensive list of monographs and books over the years. In addition, three journals are produced by the Institute: Social and Economic Studies (Mona); Caribbean Dialogue (St. Augustine), and the Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies (Cave Hill).
The Institute hosts a series of seminars, special lectures and an annual conference. Information on these activities can be obtained from this website. The MPhil/PhD degree programme is research-oriented with supervision in the areas of social development policy (including human resource development); governance and public policy; economic development policy and management; and integration theory and practice. The Institute also offers taught MSc degrees in governance, social policy and economic development policy, which are delivered at the Mona campus.
The staff of the Institute consists of active researchers in the social sciences who have published in regional and international periodicals and have been policy advisors and consultants to several organizations in the Caribbean region. Distinguished adjunct Institute staff with considerable policy experience are involved in the delivery of the Institute's degree programmes and in the provision of consulting and professional education services to the wider communities.