Groundbreaking Forum opens up new opportunities for global research and action on inequalities


The 2015 World Social Science Forum, which closed today, was an unprecedented opportunity to explore the richness and excellence of research carried out worldwide on inequalities and justice. The Forum brought together around 1000 participants from 84 countries and included 400 presentations across three days on inequality, social justice, human rights, transformative policies and active citizenship.

“I am delighted with the quality of the discussions, the diversity of topics and perspectives, and the number of countries and institutions represented here,” said Alberto Martinelli, President of the International Social Science Council.

“This is the first time the Forum has been held on African soil, and thanks to our numerous African and international partners, and especially HSRC and CODESRIA, the Forum has provided a platform for the breadth of research being carried out worldwide, with a particularly strong presence from the Global South. Exchanges have been thought-provoking and fostered ideas for further research and collaborations. This range of perspectives will feed into the 2016 World Social Science Report on inequalities and social justice, demonstrating the wealth and excellence of research going on globally on these topics,” Martinelli added.

A forthcoming conference declaration will set out a forward-looking global agenda for social science research on the topics of inequalities and justice.

The ISSC’s 2015 World Social Science Forum was hosted and organized by a consortium of African and South African partners, led by South Africa’s Human Social Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).