The University of the West Indies, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies

Introduction

The Institute's history goes back to the early days of the University of the West Indies, with the formation of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) in 1948. ISER was established in advance of the faculty of Social Sciences in order to build a solid foundation of empirical data on the Caribbean region and functioned admirably in this capacity for some fifty years. In 2000, ISER merged with the Consortium Graduate School of the Social Sciences (CGSS), which was a novel, fifteen, year-long initiative to train graduate students with an interdisciplinary perspective. SALISES seeks to merge the best research traditions of ISER with the high-quality graduate teaching and supervision that was a hallmark of the CGSS.

SALISES has branches on the three campuses of the University of the West Indies:

  • Cave Hill, Barbados
  • Mona, Jamaica
  • St.Augustine, Trinidad, and Tobago

Each branch is headed by a Director.

With a unique assimilation of graduate teaching and research, SALISES offers two excellent programmes at the MSc and MPhil/ Ph.D. 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.

Vision Statement

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

Mission Statement

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 school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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MSc

MSc Development Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 Jamaica Kingston + 1 more

The MSc in Development Studies truly fulfills the UWI’s strategic vision geared towards producing the ideal graduate with the requisite leadership training and an interdisciplinary grasp of the social sciences. [+]

The MSc Development Studies is a new and exciting one-year (two years part-time) programme coming from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). It replaces the previously taught degrees in Governance and Public Policy, Economic Development Policy, and Social Policy. The MSc in Development Studies truly fulfills the UWI’s strategic vision geared towards producing the ideal graduate with the requisite leadership training and an interdisciplinary grasp of the social sciences.

In addition to a firm grounding in contemporary social, political and economic affairs, the degree features a novel leadership seminar, a practical in-course approach to research methodology and a very useful technical writing seminar. Significant space is made available for the selection of electives from across the UWI, so that prospective candidates can, with the assistance of the SALISES faculty, design their own degree to suit existing or prospective job requirements.... [-]