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The St Helena Research Institute has been established as an affiliated centre under the Education & Employment Directorate’s Life Long Learning Sector (Education Committee St Helena Research Institute Policy, 2019).

The business of the Institute is guided by a Steering Group, made up of a core group of partners, St Helena Life Long Learning Sector, Government of St Helena, Enterprise St Helena, St Helena National Trust and SAERI.

The Research Council authorises and oversees all research on St Helena as set out in the St Helena Research Policy, 2019. The St Helena Research Institute works closely with the St Helena Research Council, and offers support services to both the Research Council and the research community.

St Helena Research Council

The St Helena Research Council comprises of the following:


Director of Education, Skills & Employment


Chief Environmental Officer 
Chief Executive for Economic Development
Director of the St Helena National Trust
Director of Children and Adults Social Care
Head of Lifelong Learning

Non-voting Members:

Representative of SAERI
Coordinator of the St Helena Research Institute


Administration Assistant, ESE – SHRI

Steering Group

The St Helena Research Institute Steering Group, is as an advisory group of key stakeholders, who support the work of the Research Institute and provides expert support and guidance in the development and operation of the St Helena Research Institute.

The membership of the Research Institute Steering Group is made up as follows:


Head of Lifelong Learning


Chief Environmental Officer
Representative of SAERI
Representative of SHG Corporate Services
Member of the Education Committee
Representative of the St Helena National Trust
Representative of Enterprise St Helena
Representative from the Statistics Office
Coordinator of the St Helena Research Institute


Administration Assistant, ESE – SHRI

Our Operating Environment

St Helena is a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. The Island is self-governing, has a stable political environment and elections for local councillors are held every four years.

In October 2017, scheduled air services to the Island commenced replacing the previous means of access, the RMS St Helena, which completed her last voyage to the Island in February 2018. Significantly reducing the time it takes to get on and off the island has created an enabling environment for the expansion and development of research and academia.


Policy making on St Helena is currently guided by a 10 Year Plan 2017-2027. Under seven main headings and National Goals, the Island is working towards an Island that is Altogether: Safer, Healthier, Better for Children and Young People, Greener and Wealthier with Effective Infrastructure and an Effective, Efficient and Accountable Public Sector with the objective to continue to make St Helena a wonderful place to live, work, raise children, visit and to do business.  Robust evidence is key to making the best decisions for the Island, both now and in the future. SHRI aims to become a key player in developing the evidence base to support the development of Government policy in St Helena. This will require that the Institute works across a range of fields in order to provide a sufficiently broad evidence base.

The Island’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan, SEDP (2018-2028) supports the delivery of the 10 Year Plan and focuses on raising the standard of living and improving quality of life. The SEDP identifies Improving links with academic institutions, and increasing the level of research carried out on-Island as a key activity moving forward. It also seeks to open up St Helena to new economic markets and opportunities by working towards the delivery of a fibre optic cable for the Island.  St Helena aims to install of a transatlantic submarine fibre optic cable (Google’s Equiano cable) by 2021 and is seeking to attract commercial interest in establishing satellite earth stations on St Helena.

St Helena also seeks to produce all electricity by renewable means by 2022 (Energy Strategy (2016) and establish the island as a leader in this field.

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Canarvon Court, Education Learning Centre, Jamestown, St Helena


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T. 00 (290) 22607

St Helena Government