2016 Report – Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to Just World


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The World Social Science Report 2016 focuses on the critical issues of inequalities and social justice. It was published on September 22 2016. Download the Report from en.unesco.org/wssr2016.

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

It 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.

The World Social Science Report features contributions from more than 100 experts. It was overseen by a scientific advisory committee of leading academics from all regions. The report was prepared by the ISSC in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), a leading global institution for research, teaching and information on international development, and co-published with UNESCO. It is published Open Access and available for download online. Summaries of the Report are available in English, French and Spanish.

A Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of leading scholars in this field was appointed to guide the development of the report. They worked with the editorial team to highlight new concepts and innovations, critical knowledge gaps, as well as major methodological innovations which have been developed over the past 30 years by social scientists.

The World Social Science Report is a flagship activity of the ISSC, and draws centrally on the outcomes of other ISSC activities, most notably the World Social Science Fora, the World Social Science Fellows Programme, and the recently launched Transformations to Sustainability programme. With each Report the ISSC seeks to showcase the unique contributions that social scientists do and must make to address some of the most pressing challenges posed by changing global realities. The report supports the pursuit of the Council’s overall strategic objective, which is to increase the production and use of social science knowledge on key global problems.

The World Social Science Report 2016: Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World will be presented in a number of events worldwide. Keep an eye on this page for confirmation of future events near you. 

Presentation of the World Social Science Report 2016 – Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World
Tuesday 25 October, 2016
18:00 – 20:30
Location: Færdersalen, Thon Hotel Sandvika, Oslo, Norway

Join Tora Aasland, John Gaventa, Ruth Fincher and Gudrun Østby, together with speakers and guests from the ISSC, for a presentation of the launch and reception. Following a short presentation of the Report and contributions from some of its authors, we will open up the discussion for comments and questions. Drinks and a buffet will be served.

Participants at this event must register in advance by email to lizzie@worldsocialscience.org.

Presentation of the World Social Science Report 2016 – Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World
Monday 7 November 2016
09:00 – 10:45, 
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Register to attend