WSSR 2016 – Challenging Inequalities: what is the role of political science (and political scientists?)

Monday 25 July | 15:30 – 17:15 | Poznań Congress Centre, Pavilion 15 (PCC-15) 3.2

The ISSC will hold a special session at the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science focusing on the forthcoming World Social Science Report on inequalities. In the context of the International Political Science Association’s world congress, the session will ask what political science can contribute to highlighting the complex issues around inequality, redistribution and recognition – and to creating transformative pathways to a more equal world.

In September this year, the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and UNESCO will release the 3rd edition of the World Social Science Report, which in 2016 focuses on the theme ‘Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World.’ Bringing together over 100 contributions on the theme of inequality from social scientists from multiple disciplines and from over 40 countries, the conclusion of the Report asks ‘what are the roles of social science in identifying and building transformative pathways towards greater equality?’

This event will respond to the challenges raised in the Report, as well as to the theme of the IPSA conference ‘Politics in a World of Inequality’.

Following presentations from editors and contributors to the Report, all participants will be invited to share their perspectives on future research priorities for political science in addressing inequalities.


Chair: Mathieu Denis, Executive Director, ISSC and co-director, 2016 World Social Science Report

This session takes place between 15:30 and 17:15 in Pavilion 15 (PCC-15) 3.2 of the Poznań Congress Centre. We hope you will join us.

The World Social Science Report will be launched on September 22 2016, and available to download open access from this website.