Bigger, bolder, better social science?

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King’s College London, in collaboration with the ISSC, is launching the recently published World Social Science Report 2013 at King’s College, on the 11 June 2014, with a reception afterwards. See here for how to register.

Confirmed speakers are Heide Hackmann (ISSC), Lee Davies (UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), John Urry (Lancaster University), Thomas Tanner (UK Overseas Development Institute, London), Bronwyn Parry (King’s College London), John Crowley (UNESCO), chaired by Denise Lievesley, Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s.

The World Social Science Report 2013, prepared by the International Social Science Council and co-published with UNESCO and the OECD, argues that social science needs to be at the heart of understanding and responding to global challenges such as climate change, pollution, resource limits and planetary boundaries to economic growth.

The report issues an urgent call to the international social science community to collaborate more effectively - with each other and with colleagues from other fields of science and research users - to deliver solutions-oriented knowledge for today’s most pressing environmental problems. It calls for a transformative social science that is:

The speakers will present and discuss the key messages of the report and possible policy implications, transformative and transdisciplinary research - with each other and the audience. Please register here Register 11 June King’s Launch if you wish to attend (free entry). All welcome!

For further information please email Louise Daniel (