A new generation of global social science leaders
The ISSC’s Fellows Programme was set up in 2012 to foster a new generation of globally networked social science leaders who will collaborate on inter- and transdisciplinary research focusing on global priority problems.
Since 2012 the programme has run seminars and events in 5 different regions on topics as diverse as sustainable urbanisation, disaster risk interpretation, green economy, food security, and global social governance. To date, a cohort of over a hundred globally networked Fellows has been created.
This summer's seminar, on the topic of global social governance
and impacting the policy process, gathered 19 early career scientists to discuss across borders with policy shapers, publishers, and other academics that work at the research-policy interface. Over the course of 5 days, Fellows, through a series of interactions, packed and unpacked the notion of governance, and came out with a few questions
on what impact really means in terms of their research careers and the science they do.
The seminar was in collaboration
with the Academy for Social Sciences in the UK and LSE Center for International Studies.
Steering Committee for Transformations to Sustainability
The ISSC is pleased to announce the appointment of members of the Steering Committee
for the newly launched Transformations to Sustainability programme.
The Steering Committee will provide scientific guidance, quality and support the development of all aspects of the programme. The Steering Committee takes responsibility for final decisions on the selection of proposals within the framework of the programme — and will advise on strategy development and resource mobilisation.
The ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability programme seeks to change the way science is done globally, with a focus on co-design and co-production of knowledge from innovative knowledge networks, geared toward public engagement and communication of the knowledge produced to impact those peoples and communities that need it the most.
Risk Interpretation and Action: Fellows at IRDR Conference
In June, RIA Fellows, who took part in a World Social Science Fellows seminar on Disaster Risk in New Zealand
, attended the 2014 IRDR Conference and presented their grant-winning projects
on topics of water-related risks in megacities, indigenous knowledge and risk, and multi-scale policy implementation.
After the conference the Fellows had the opportunity to present a case to the open session of the IRDR Science committee meeting to align the RIA Fellows more closely with IRDR activities and to identify opportunities for more direct involvement with IRDR practice. As well as collectively preparing a statement on their views on the role of science and technology in the existing Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015, and their opinions on what should feature in the UN’s review of HFA in 2015 (known as HFA2).