Transformations to Sustainability networks funded
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International Social Science Council (ISSC)

Welcome to the February 2016 ISSC Newsletter 

TKNs funded as part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme

Transformative Knowledge Networks launched

We recently announced that three “Transformative Knowledge Networks” will be funded as part of the Transformations to Sustainability Programme. The programme, which was launched by the ISSC in 2014, aims to harness the potential of the social sciences to contribute to solving some of the world’s most urgent sustainability challenges by means of a better understanding of the processes of social transformation. The three Transformative Knowledge Networks were selected from a field of 88 eligible submissions. They will each receive €850,000 over three years through the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for the Transformations to Sustainability Programme.

Get to know the three selected networks:

Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice 
Transformative pathways to sustainability
PATHWAYS (Photo: Asian Development Bank)
Transgressive Social Learning for Social-Ecological Sustainability
In addition to the three selected networks, a further five proposals had been short-listed but could not be funded with the existing programme budget.Together the funded and short-listed networks will form an ever-growing community of researchers focusing on the theme of social transformation in the context of global environmental change and sustainability. Click on the map to explore where members of the selected and shortlisted proposals are based:
Transformative Knowledge Networks: Selected and shortlisted networks worldwide

The International Year of Global Understanding

IYGU will improve understanding of the ways in which the local and the global are combined.
From climate change to the wider societal impacts of income inequality, the global consequences of local actions are increasingly noticeable. Changing the world is everyone’s business, and taking action involves an understanding of the many ways in which the local and the global are intertwined. This is the central idea of the 2016 “International Year of Global Understanding” (IYGU), which was inaugurated at a public ceremony in Jena, Germany, earlier this week...

Dates for your diary

Data to Decisions: Valuing the Societal Benefit of Geospatial Information
Starts: March 10, 2016
Location: Paris, France

Ethics and Social Media Research Conference
Starts: March 21, 2016
Location: London, UK

Fourth CODESRIA Conference on Electronic Publishing
Starts: March 28, 2016
Location: Dakar, Senegal

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: Istanbul, Turkey

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

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