Transdisciplinary research, Ethnografilm, IPBES nominations sought and dates for your diary.
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2016 Transdisciplinary research workshop, South Africa

Transdisciplinary research on the agenda for South Africa workshop 

As part of the ISSC’s mission to promote research with and for society, we recently co-organized an introductory training workshop on transdisciplinary (TD) research at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Participants from across Africa took part in the workshop, which was planned to pilot and refine an outline curricula for capacity development in TD research developed by the ISSC.

The workshop was the next step for an initiative that began in 2014, when the ISSC brought together researchers and practitioners to design an initiative to support and sustain capacity development in TD research at national and international levels. 
Read the full story.

'A conference with extraordinary films' - Ethnografilm returns to Paris

Ethnografilm festival
The third edition of Ethnografilm Festival took place from March 29th to April 2nd at Ciné 13, Paris. With around 100 films shot in a several dozen countries worldwide, the Ethnografilm Festival is a unique free festival for directors of documentary films that build understanding of social realities. We sat down with the Festival director, Wesley Shrum, to find out more...
IPBES seeking social scientists
IPBES seeks nominations of social scientists to participate in a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services.The ISSC and its members may nominate experts. Read more...
Science on the verge (Photo: Brian Gratwicke)
It's time to wake up to the severity of the malaise affecting science, says Andrea Saltelli. Read more on our blog...
International Year of Global Understanding
Catch up with the latest videos and news from the International Year of Global Understanding, subscribe to the newsletter and join an event near you soon. 

24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science relocates to Poznań, Poland

International Political Science Association
The 24th World Congress of Political Science will take place from the 23rd to 28th July this year. Guy Lachapelle, Secretary General of IPSA (the International Political Science Association), shares some of the highlights on our blog.

"Inequality - and why it persists – is a key issue for our time, and political scientists have an important contribution to make to the debate."

From our World Social Science Fellows

A report from the 2015 World Social Science Forum session organized by Fellows titled "Will Good Governance Bring Sustainable and Equitable Development? Perspectives from the South" is now available. 

Tinder research raises ethical worries for academics - World Social Science Fellow Jenna Condie features in Times Higher Education

Fabiola S. Sosa-Rodriguez reports on her experiences at COP21 for our blog

Recent publications:
Aliyu Baraua, Ismail Said. 2016. From goodwill to good deals: FELDA land resettlement scheme and the ascendancy of the landless poor in MalaysiaLand Use Policy. Vol. 54, pp. 423–431

Herbert Docena. 2016. The Politics of Climate ChangeISA Global Dialogue, Vol. 6, Issue 1

Leon Morenas. 2016. Delhi’s Post Colonial Development Machine: How Can the Discipline of Science and Technology Studies (STS) contribute to Rethinking the "Urban"? Surjeet Singh and Dhruv Raina (eds.), Society and Development: Regional Perspectives, New Delhi, Rawat Publishers, pp. 201- 222.

Mintesnot G. Woldeamanuel. 2016. Concepts in Urban Transportation Planning: The Quest for Mobility, Sustainability and Quality of Life, Jefferson, McFarland.

This list is not exhaustive and Fellows wishing to have their work featured here are encouraged to get in touch at


The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship is seeking a Research Assistant to work on identifying and documenting environmental justice in the Arab region with the ACKnowl-EJ network, part of the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability programme. This position is based in Beirut, Lebanon – applications must be received by Friday 29th April.

Dates for your diary

IUAES Inter-Congress - World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public
Starts: May 4, 2016
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Child Poverty and Social Protection in Western and Central Africa
Starts: May 23, 2016
Location: Abuja, Nigeria

16th Conference of the Science Council of Asia (SCA) 
Starts: May 30, 2016
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Third ISA Forum of Sociology
Starts: July 10, 2016
Location: Vienna, Austria

IPSA World Congress of Political Science
Starts: July 23, 2016
Location: Poznan, Poland

Rethinking Social Movements in the Digital Age: Activism, Dissent and Rebellion in the Post-Arab Spring
Call for abstracts open until May 8

Starts: July 29, 2016
Location: Beirut, Lebanon

2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress
Starts: September 20, 2016
Location: Chengdu, China

INGSA 2016 Conference
Starts: September 29, 2016
Location: Brussels, Belgium

2016 Child and Youth Institute: African Futures and the Futures of Childhood in Africa
Call for applications for Laureates and Resource Persons open until July 15

Starts: October 17, 2016
Location: Dakar, Senegal

ISSC General Assembly 2016
Starts: October 24, 2016
Location: Oslo, Norway

2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: "Confronting Complexity and Inequality"
Starts: December 7, 2016
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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