The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine

Seventy-Five Years of Ideas, Innovation, and Development Justice -

The UWI, the Caribbean and the Global Agenda


24th Annual SALISES Conference

3 - 5 May, 2023


The University of the West Indies (The UWI) commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2023. In celebration of this landmark event, The Sir Artur 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 during 3-5 May 2023.

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 "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.

Call for Abstracts

In accordance with the overarching conference theme: Seventy-Five Years of Ideas, Innovation, and Development Justice - The UWI, the Caribbean and the Global Agenda, the following sub-themes constitute categories that should guide the preparation of abstracts. These categories include:

Abstracts are invited from of the following categories:

  •  Climate Change, Vulnerability, Resilience and Climate Justice
  • Towards the Attainment of Food Security
  • Transformative Futures: Social Media, Digital Technologies and New   Financial Instruments.
  • Transformative Agendas for Cultural Industries and Tourism in SIDS
  • Regional and International Relations (including Trade and Diplomatic Arrangements).
  • Rethinking Identity: Consideration of Race, Class, Gender and Other Status Characteristics.
  • Brokering Peace and Stability in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Issues of Violence and Organised Crime.
  • Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy, and Regional and Global Futures
  • Revisiting Family Sociology in the 21st Century Development Justice, Recreation and Sport
  • Migration and Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Human Wellbeing: Consideration to Healthcare Dimensions, Social Protection and Marginalised Populations.
  • Managing Human Capital in the 21st Century
  • Innovation, Product Diversification and Economic Growth
  • Child and Youth Studies in Caribbean and Global Arenas
  • Law, Courts and Judicial Politics
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice
  • Managing National Statistical Systems in Response to a Global Data Revolution.
  • Medical Sciences Agendas as Development Paradigms
  • Governance Models, Political Systems, Electoral Politics and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.
  • Cultural Artifacts: Meanings, Significance, and Contributions
  • Aggression, Marginalisation, Power and Masculinities
  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Work Life Balance and Implications for Mental Health
  • Vulnerability and Resilience in Small States
  • Managing and Extracting Wealth associated with Natural Capital
  • Caribbean Intellectual Movements of the 20th Century – Sir Arthur Lewis, C.L.R. James, and Walter Rodney.
  • Decolonizing the Development Orthodoxy
  • Gender and Sexualities

Full abstracts should not exceed 200 words, should be submitted electronically, in Times New Roman Font, 12 point, in MS Word (2007/2010) by February 20th, 2023 to and copied to Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be received by March 3rd, 2023.

Paper should be submitted electronically in WORD or in PDF format.  For further information on the 24th Annual SALISES Conference, visit our website: or visit our Facebook:

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