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.
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.