Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES)

The University of the West Indies commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2023. In celebration of this landmark event, The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) will be hosting its 24th Annual Conference entitled Seventy-Five Years of Ideas, Innovation, and Development Justice - The UWI, the Caribbean and the Global Agenda. from May 3 - 5 at the LRC Auditorium from 8 a.m.

Since 1948, The UWI has been a bastion of hope and resilience, molding and nourishing the minds of the region’s leaders, managers, scholars, creators, inventors and innovators, professionals, and civil society.  With the onset of the 21st century, The UWI continues to demonstrate a heightened capacity to positively impact the human capital needs deemed instrumental in managing the sustenance and growth of other forms of capital labeled as social, produced, natural and financial.

In the global space and especially in the Caribbean region which continues to grapple with the vestiges of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and the concomitant struggles with sovereignty and independence, The UWI refuses to release the baton. Rather, it has persisted with an unwavering commitment to ensuring that all the benefits associated with contemporary and emergent development paradigms redound to favorable outcomes for Caribbean peoples and institutions, now and in the future. Despite its early mission for the advancement of the quality of life of Caribbean peoples and institutions, The UWI of the 21st century has little option but to embark upon quests for reciprocity and development justice in its interaction with major global actors.

SALISES prides itself as a development studies “think tank” with global appeal. It stands ready to embrace the responsibility of development justice and to soar above all regional and international entities. It aims to embark upon tangible thrusts consistent with progressive development goals for all Caribbean territories.

The 24th Annual SALISES Conference will provide opportunities for delegates to critically reflect and evaluate, focusing on historical and contemporary phenomena, and to advance novel ideas and practical solutions that shape future agendas.  Such discourses are relevant for the Caribbean given its multiple identities, and its fortunes in extra-Caribbean spaces.  It underscores the SALISES research agenda which emphasizes people-centeredness and embraces the concept of development justice in an effort to uphold the ideals of diversity, equality, equity, transparency and integrity across human populations within and beyond the Caribbean region. As such, the conference presentations hope to engage both regional and international concerns including environment, energy security, good governance, democracy, sustainable economic development, migration, human capital, food security and health and wellness.

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Conference Programme


Housekeeping and Shuttle Notice


Opening Ceremony - Featured Speaker - Dr June Soomer  - Topic: Racism, Democracy and Empowerment in the Work of Sir Arthur Lewis - May 3, 2023 @ 8:30 a.m. AST



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