World Social Science Forum aims to create a direct link between researchers and policy actors


Speaking on South Africa’s Radio Islam John Crowley, UNESCO Chief of Section – Research, Policy and Foresight, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, said the 2015 World Social Science Forum aims to make a difference by bringing together social scientists worldwide to inspire actionable knowledge for policy makers.

The Forum, which takes place just ahead of the United Nations Summit on the post-2015 development agenda, will bring to bear the latest social science knowledge on the challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Crowley. The Forum is unique as a platform through which social scientists can engage with national policy-makers, and will inspire both new research and new policies.

Listen to the interview (initiates download)

The third World Social Science Forum, Transforming Global Relations for a Just Worldwill take place in Durban, South Africa between the 13th and 16th of September 2015. The Fora, which are convened by the ISSC, provide a platform for researchers, funders, policymakers, and other stakeholders to debate topics of global significance and to determine future priorities for international social science. 

The 2015 Forum is being hosted and organised by a consortium of African partners led by the  Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). See the forum website for more information.