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Challenging Inequalities Report published with contributions from over 100 social scientists
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International Social Science Council (ISSC)

Welcome to the ISSC Newsletter

Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World now published

Unchecked inequalities could threaten the Sustainable Development Goals, according to World Social Science Report 2016

The World Social Science Report 2016 warns that unchecked inequalities could jeopardize the sustainability of economies, societies and communities, undermining efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World, which has just been published, highlights significant gaps in social science data about inequalities in different parts of the world and, to support progress towards more inclusive societies, calls for more robust research into the links between economic inequalities and disparities in areas such as gender, education and health.

Drawing on the contributions of over 100 authors from some 40 countries worldwide and from across the disciplines, the Report concludes with a research agenda on inequalities for the next ten years.

“The issue of rising inequality and what to do about it looms large in the minds of governments, businesses, civil society leaders and citizens around the world. Reducing inequality is, first and foremost, a question of fairness and social justice. It is also key to eradicating extreme poverty, fostering transformations to sustainability, promoting civil progress, reducing conflict and violence, and developing inclusive governance,” the Report says.

The World Social Science Report series is a flagship activity of the ISSC. The 2016 Report was prepared in cooperation with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and co-published with UNESCO. It follows the 2013 Report, Changing Global Environments, and the 2010 Report, Knowledge Divides.

Download the Full Report
Download the Summary (English), (Français), (Español)
Watch the Report launch.

The ISSC will hold an Extraordinary GA together with the International Council for Science (ICSU) on October 24 2016 and the 30th ISSC GA on October 25 2016, in Oslo, Norway. Members of both organizations will be asked to vote on the principle of the merger of ISSC and ICSU and the creation of a new, single science organization for the social and natural sciences. Delegates to the GA can register for the meetings and book hotel accommodation online. The meetings are being generously hosted by the Research Council of Norway. Please register by 5 October 2016.
Stanislav Markus is winner of the 2016 Stein Rokkan prize
The 2016 Stein Rokkan Prize has been awarded to Stanislav Markus (Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina) for his book Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, 2015), which looks at the threats to business owners’ property rights, and how such rights can be secured.

Vacancies from our network

Programme Coordinator, Programme Assistant and Administrative Assistant/Junior Accountant, The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS): ACSS has three vacant positions for its offices in Beirut, Lebanon. ACSS is a regional, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening social science research and knowledge production in the Arab world.
Apply as soon as possible.

Director of Communications, Future Earth: Future Earth is seeking a Director of Communications to lead the programme's creative communications efforts around global sustainability.
Apply by October 14th. This position is based in Stockholm, Sweden.


Executive Director, IAI: The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is seeking a new executive director to take over when the current executive director steps down from his term in 2017. The IAI is a regional, intergovernmental institution that promotes scientific research and capacity building on the extent, causes, and consequences of global change in the Americas and beyond. 
All applications must be received by October 7th 2016.

Executive Director, TWAS: UNESCO is seeking the appointment of a renowned scientific leader and administrator to serve as Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).
Apply by October 12th (midnight Paris time). 

Dates for your diary

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

ISSC-ICSU Joint General Assembly 2016
Register online by October 5
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

State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region: Emerging Historical and Theoretical Approaches” The Arab Council for the Social Sciences Third Conference
Starts: March 10, 2017
Location: Beirut, Lebanon 

Ethnografilm
Starts: April 11 2017
Location: Paris, France

WorldSSH Net Conference: "Two Decades of Globalising Social Sciences - Concepts, Strategies, Achievements"
Starts: April 27 2017
Location: Tehran, Iran

Globalization, Growth and Sustainability – 18th World International Economic Association (IEA) Congress
Call for papers open - submit by October 31, 2016
Starts: June 19 2017
Location: Santa Fe, Mexico

Transformations 2017
Call for abstracts extended - submit by October 31, 2016
Starts: August 30, 2017
Location: Dundee, Scotland
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