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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies



The researchers of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute undertake three broad types of research:

  • Individual, curiosity-driven, research in the area of specialisation of each Research Fellow of the Institute
  1. Collaborative research in thematic areas with colleagues at the Institute’s offices at the Mona and St. Augustine campuses of The University of the West Indies.  
  2. Contract research – the Institute conducts consultancy projects for private organisations, regional governments, and regional and international agencies.  This contract research is coordinated through the Institute’s Special Studies Unit.

The collective normative goals of the researchers relate to the redemptive promise of human dignity, sustainable and just futures arising from Emancipation and, one century later, the decolonization momentum.  Below are the Societal Challenge Themes that drive the research work of the Institute. The overlap with the UN-based sustainable development goals is considerable based on outputs since 2015.

  • Navigating and Problematizing Globalisation(s) 
  • Crime, Prison Rehabilitation and Reform
  • Religion, Human Rights, Citizenship and Justice
  • Caribbean and South-South Implications in light of China’s Belt and Road Initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship and Women Experiences
  • Caribbean International Financial Centres as bellwether of global wealth management services
  • Rethinking Poverty and Exclusion.

To view examples of consulting projects the Institute has been contracted to undertake in recent years, click here