Strengthening the social sciences to help solve global priority problems

ISSC Newsletter N°1

World Social Science Report 2013 Launch

The World Social Science Report 2013 issues an urgent call to action to the international social science community to collaborate more effectively with each other, with colleagues from other fields of science, and with the users of research to deliver solutions-oriented knowledge on today’s most pressing environmental problems. It calls for a transformative social science that is bolder, better, bigger, different:

  • bolder in reframing and reinterpreting global environmental change as a social problem
  • better at infusing social science insights into real-world problem-solving
  • bigger in terms of having more social scientists to focus on global environmental change
  • different in the way it thinks about and does research that helps meet the vexing sustainability challenges faced today.
The Report will be released on the 14th November and be available to read online via the OECD iLibrary.

Risk Interpretation and Action Fellows selected

The ISSC has selected is proud to announce the selection of 25 new, talented Fellows, who will work on creative, interdisciplinary perspectives on risk interpretation and action at a seminar co-sponsored by the ISSC's World Social Science Fellows programme, the Risk Interpretation and Action working group of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme, the IRDR International Center of Excellence, Taipei, the international START Secretariat, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Relive the Forum

World Social Science Forum 2013, Montréal

The World Social Science Forum concluded in Montréal, garnering wide-spread media attention from journalists and bloggers. Selected photos are available via the ISSC's Flickr page.

World Social Science Prizes

This year's winner of the Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research and the Fondation Mattei Dogan-ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research were honoured at a special ceremony taking place in Montréal at the World Social Science Forum. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Pepper D Culpepper,  Dorothee Bohle and Béla Greskovits were all honoured.

Eyes towards Durban

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) are pleased to announce the third World Social Science Forum which will take place on African soil in 2015

Call for Nominations: Stein Rokkan Prize

The ISSC is pleased to welcome nominations for this year’s Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. Invitations are welcome from high-calibre candidates whose original work makes a substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research. The work can be an unpublished manuscript of book length, a printed book, or collected works published within the two years preceding the award ceremony. For more information on the nomination procedure can be obtained from the ECPR website.

New Executive Committee

On October 12 in Montréal, at the ISSC's General Assembly meeting, a new Executive Committee was elected.

Office Bearers:
President: Alberto Martinelli
Vice President for Scientific Planning and Review: Elisa Reiss
Vice President for Information and Communications Outreach: Saths Cooper
Treasurer: Michel Sabourin
Ordinary Members: 
Ruth Fincher
Li Hanlin
Gudmund Hernes
Jose Alvaro Moises
Thomas Reuter
Yasuhiko Saito
Ebrima Sall
Amaryllis Torres
Renee van Kessel-Hagesteijn
Wanda Ward
Olive Shisana (the retiring President shall remain a voting member of the Executive Committee until the next regular meeting of the General Assembly in 2016).

Partnered Activities

Future Earth has announced its Interim Engagement Committee. "We need an Engagement Committee to understand what the key research needs are for the full range of stakeholders," said Robert Watson, the Chair of the committee.

Member spotlight

The International Arctic Social Science Association: promotes and stimulates international cooperation increases the participation of social scientists in national and international Arctic research. The Eighth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII) will be held at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada from the 22-26 May 2014. The call for papers and posters has been launched.

Event Calendar

World Social Science Report Launch: 15 Nov 2013, UNESCO, Paris, France
Risk Interpretation and Action: 8-15 Dec 2013, Wellington and Christchurh, New Zealand
ISSC New Executive Committee Meeting: 27-29 May 2014, Munakato, Japan
2nd Networking Conference on Integrated Science: 25-31 May 2014, Villa Vigoni, Italy
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