About us

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) is named after the distinguished St. Lucian economist Sir W. Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics (1979), former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and former President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Sir Arthur was born in St. Lucia in 1915 and died in June 1991. He is well-known for his work on economic growth and development, international economic history and industrial organisation.

The Institute was established in August 1999 as a result of a merger of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the Consortium Graduate School of Social Sciences (CGSSS). It is located on three campuses of the UWI – Cave Hill in BarbadosMona in Jamaica and St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Institute is a research and graduate teaching entity located within the University’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. It focuses on social, economic and political issues and hence is aligned to the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University.


To be an internationally renowned institution for graduate education and research-based solutions in development.


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..