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Executive Committee

ISSC Officers


Nominated by: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Supported by: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Dr. Shisana is a public health scientist who graduated with Bachelors of Social Sciences at the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychologogy at Loyola College in Baltimore and a Doctor of Science degree at Johns Hopkins University, Broomberg School of Public Health. She chairs the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance.  She is a member of the Economic Development Ministry think tank. Dr. Shisana is currently serving as CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council, the first woman to head it. Prior to this she served as Executive Director of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health at the same organization. She served on many national and international scientific committees and advisory boards, such as the US Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Methodological Challenges in HIV Prevention Trials, the Global HIV Prevention Working Group, the Emory University Global Health Institute Advisory Board, the South African National AIDS Council and the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign. She is a member of the Board of Emseni Resources and various Trusts which provide support to non-government organizations and communities to ameliorate social problems such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, orphanhood, mental health and contribute to community development.

Her main area of expertise is the HIV epidemiology and risk factors. As Executive Director of the HSRC (2001-2005), she was responsible for facilitating and directing national research on the social aspects of HIV/AIDS and on improving access to health care through a national health insurance plan.  From 1998 to 2000 she worked for the World Health Organization as Executive Director of Family and Community Health, responsible for the Departments of Child and Adolescent Health and Development, Reproductive Health and Research, Women’s Health, and HIV/AIDS. She also served as Director General of the South African Department of Health, accounting for a maximum budget of R5.4 billion, with more than 1200 staff to supervise and assist provinces in providing health care to 38.9 million South Africans. She was also the Special Advisor to the South African Ministry of Health, working to transform national and provincial health administrations.

Dr. Shisana is first and foremost a scientist at heart and in action, continuing to undertake research and publish scientific articles in internationally accredited journals. She has served as guest editor of AIDS care. She reviews articles submitted to several scientific journals. She serves as a research chair for the South African National AIDS Council, and also served as the Chair of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance, an organization she founded in 2001. She is an author of more than a 100 scientific publications in journals, book chapters, research monographs and few non-scientific popular media. She  served as member of more than 60 committees, and has given more than 60 presentations at public health meetings. She has also been presented with 15 awards for excellence and in recognition of her professional services.

Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
14th Floor, 69-83 Plein Park Building, Plein Street
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
Position held since 2005.

Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review

Professor Alberto MARTINELLI
Nominated by: International Sociological Association (ISA)

Alberto Martinelli earned a Masters degree in Economics and Business from Bocconi University of Milan and obtained his PhD in Sociology at the University of California in Berkeley. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Milan. From 1991 to 2001 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences from 1987 to 1999 and chaired the University Committee for International Scientific Cooperation.

Prof.Martinelli is Vice-President for scientific affairs of the International Social Science Council. He is President of the Evaluation Committee of the University of Padua. He is a Member of the Scientific Committees of the Milan Expo 2015; EconomEtica (the Italian University network on Business Ethnics and Corporate Social Responsibility), the Lombardy Regional Observatories on Migration and on Social Exclusion, and Real Academia des Sciencias Morales y Politicas de Espana.

Prof. Martinelli served as President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), from 1998 to 2002. He was elected to the Milan City Council (2001-2006). He also taught Political Science and Sociology at various universities beyond Italy, such as the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, New York University, Universidad de Valencia, Ain-Shams University in Cairo, and the University of St. Petersburg. Prof. Martinelli has directed and taken part in several international research projects, such as the New International Economic Order Business Interests Associations, and Comparative Charting of Social Change and Sustainability for the 21st Century.

He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and writes for Il corriere della sera and other newspapers and magazines. His recent publications include: Transatlantic Divide. Comparing American and European Society (Oxford University Press, 2008); Global Modernization. Rethinking the Project of Modernity (Sage, 2005); La democrazia globale (Universita Bocconi Editore, 2004/2009); and La sociedad italiana (CIS, 2005).

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sociology
University of Milan, Italy
Via Conservatorio 7, 20122 Milan,Italy
Tel: +39-34-72-79-93-96; +39-(0)2-50-32-12-29
Fax: +39-(0)2-50-32-12-40

Vice-President for Information and Communications Outreach

Professor David THORNS
Nominated by: the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ);  Philippines Social Science Research Council (PSSC)

Prof. Thorns holds a Litt. D from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Prof. Thorns is Professor of Sociology and Director Social Science Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. He is a Fellow, Council Member, Vice President (Social Science) and Chair of the Social Science Advisory Committee of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2004-06 he was a member of ISSC Task Force on Communication Strategies for Network Building and prepared the Report on New Communication tools for Research Networking. In 2007 he was appointed to a new ISSC Committee on Development of Social Sciences in Transnational and Developing Economies (CoDate).

His publications (books (11), articles, book chapters, research reports, occasional papers) and major research projects which he directed have addressed a number of themes including: suburban and community research; the sociology of housing and residential mobility; social inequality and class formation; comparative urban research; restructuring and change within advanced capitalist societies; urban sustainability; comparative welfare state policy analysis; and globalization and urban change. In his most recent research he has been developing and evaluating computer mediated communication technologies.

He is a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA); Member of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Research on Europe; Board member of the Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa (New Zealand); member of the Editorial Boards such as those of the “Urban Affairs Review”, and “Housing Studies” as well as reviewer for numerous Journals in specialist fields. Prof. Thorns was visiting professor at the Universities of York (UK), Toronto (Canada), and Kings College (UK). From 2008 he was appointed External Examiner to University of Hong Kong Masters Programme in Housing and Urban Management and Planning.

Emeritus Professor of Sociology
School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Arts, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel: +64-3-364-2168
Fax +64-3-364-2977


Professor Michel SABOURIN
Nominated by: International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

Michel Sabourin earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montreal. From 1970 he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal; from 2004 to 2008, he was Head of the Department and Member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As an applied social psychologist, his main research interests deal with credibility assessment in a cross-cultural context, the effects of the media on the victims of crime, and the psychology of the vexatious litigant. He has pioneered legal psychology in the province of Quebec and its development as a new area of research and practice. He is regularly called upon by the Canadian and American courts as an expert witness. He recently acted as special consultant to the Chief Justice of the Quebec Superior Court and will be conducting training sessions for the National Judicial Institute.

Professor Sabourin was twice elected President of the College of Psychologists of Quebec (1982-85, 1992-94). He was also elected President of the Canadian Psychological Association in 1989. He was Executive Secretary for Canada and the USA of the Interamerican Society of Psychology from 1983 to 1987. From 1988 to 1992 he was Editor of the International Journal of Psychology. Since 1993, he has been Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and has been a IUPsyS delegate to the General Assembly of the ICSU Committee on the Use of Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) since 1997. A Member of the Canadian National Research Council Committee for CODATA since 2001, he was appointed Chair from 2003 to 2008 and elected as Treasurer of CODATA in 2008. As Treasurer of IUPsyS and of CODATA, Professor Sabourin has been instrumental in leading important financial and structural reforms that contributed to greater financial resources and enhanced fiscal stability.

Professor Sabourin is the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the 2006 Distinguished Psychologist Award of the American Psychological Association Division of International Psychology; the first Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology in 2000; as well as the 2006 Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. In 2007, he was given the Noël-Mailloux Lifetime Award by the Quebec College of Psychologists for his outstanding contributions to the discipline of psychology.

He is author or co-author of more than 70 scientific publications (books, book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals) in different areas of the discipline of psychology.

Department of Psychology University of Montreal
P.O. Box 6128, Downtown Station,
H3C 3J7, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Tel: +1- 514-343-5784
Fax:+1- (514) 735-6277

Ordinary Members

Professor John Mark BEATON
Nominated by: Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC)

Prof. John Beaton obtained his PhD from The Australian National University. An anthropologist and archaeologist, he was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 1978 to 1983; a Research Fellow at the Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University from 1983 to 1985; an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis from 1986 to 1992; an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis from 1992 to 1997; and a Director at the University of California Australia Study Center, Melbourne from 1997 to 2000 when he retired.

His academic interests include palaeo-population reconstructions, Pleistocene colonisations of continents and predator-prey theory of hunter/forager populations.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Secretary General of the Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils, and a member of the executive board of the International Social Science Council. His interest is in effecting bi-lateral and multi-lateral international research collaborations that join international partners and cross disciplines and sectors where desirable.

Secretary General, Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC)
Executive Director, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
28 Balmain Crescent, 2601, Acton, ACT, Australia

Professor Ruth FINCHER
Nominated by: International Geographical Union (IGU)

Prof. Ruth Fincher is Professor of Geography and Vice President of the Academic Board at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a Vice President of the International Geographical Union.

Prof. Fincher was previously Professor of Urban Planning, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and Director of the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. She started her university career as Assistant Professor of Geography at McMaster and McGill Universities, in Canada. Her PhD is in Geography from Clark University.

Her research interests are at the interface of urban geography and social planning, and her research projects and writing are informed by critical theoretical perspectives of the human geographies of the western city, especially those from political economy and feminism. These themes are evident in her recent book, co-authored with Kurt Iveson, Planning and Diversity in the City: Redistribution, Recognition and Encounter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Dr Fincher has written widely on social and urban geographies of poverty and inequality, and immigration, documenting the Australian situation for international scholarship.  Her work has long focused on the significance of the built form of the city for diverse urban lives. She has co-authored or co-edited 8 books and 80 articles in refereed journals and edited collections, on topics including migrants, gender equity and Australian immigration policy, disability housing, Australian poverty, high-rise housing, women’s urban and rural activism, and debates about population and the environment in the Australian context. In new collaborative research she is extending her interest in geographies of social justice to consider planning for disadvantaged communities in low-lying coastal areas that will be subject to future sea-level rise.

Prof. Fincher has held both scholarly and professional offices: she was a Member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council, President and Vice President of the Institute of Australian Geographers, Member of the National Committee for Geography in Australia, and Member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Association of Geographers. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

Professor of Geography and Vice President of the Academic Board
University of Melbourne
Parkville, Australia 3010

Professor Chad GAFFIELD
Nominated by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Prof. Chad Gaffield was appointed President of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 2006. He came to the SSHRC from the University of Ottawa, where, as a Professor of History, he held a University Research Chair and was the founding Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies. He is a former Vice-President of the Friends of the National Archives of Canada and former President of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prof. Gaffield holds an MA from McGill University, and a PhD from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). An expert on 19th and 20th century Canada, he has analyzed the ways demographic, economic, and cultural changes influence, and are influenced by, institutional and political history.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the society’s J.B. Tyrell Medal in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. Amongst his 36 awards and academic honors, in 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002. Prof. Gaffield has also been honored with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, received an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University in 2007, and was the recipient of the 2008 Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario

Prof. Gaffield has authored, co-authored and (co-)edited 13 books, written 56 refereed chapters in books and journals, 22 reports, book reviews and articles in refereed conference proceedings, as well as having presented many conference papers. He regularly gives presentations and guest lectures, participates in round tables, organizes conferences, and gives media interviews.

President, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
350 Albert Street, P.O.Box 1610, K1P 6G4, Ottawa, Canada

Professor Katsuya KODAMA
Nominated by: Philippine Social Science Council
(PSSC); International Peach Research Association (IPRA)

Katsuya Kodama is Vice President of Mie University. He specializes in peace studies and comparative sociology. From 2000 to 2004 he was Secretary-General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), an organisation seeking to advance interdisciplinary research into the conditions of peace and the causes of war and other forms of violence. He is also former Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA), an international body that facilitates contacts between peace researchers, educators, advocates as well as specialists in conflict resolution throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Professor Kodama is a second generation Hibakusha. He was educated at Hiroshima University, and received his PhD from Lund University in Sweden.

Vice President of Mie University
1577 Kurimamachiya, Tsu 514-8507, Japan
Tel/Fax: +81-(0)59-231-9156
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Professor LI Hanlin
Nominated by: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Prof. Li Hanlin is currently leading both the Bureau of Research Management and the Center for Advanced Study of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the Bielefeld University in Germany and became a Professor in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, CASS, where he served as Deputy Director General (2003-2006).

He was actively involved in the organization of the First and Second Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Sociology (1993, 1996) as a Member of its Steering Committee, and also in the organization of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association where he eventually served as a Member of its Executive Committee (1997-2002). He served as Vice Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Swiss Academy of Development, 1996-2002, and has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Network for the Assessment of Social Transformation since 2003. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Science Center for Social Research in Berlin, the State University of New York, Bielefeld University, and Queensland University.

He is the author and co-author of several books and numerous articles dealing with changes in the Chinese work unit society, the Danwei phenomena, the basic structure of the Chinese society, attitudes to modernization and reform policy, theory of knowledge transfer, Chinese urban development, the sociology of science, Chinese harmony society, etc. His more recent publications include: Participation and Co-determination from the Point of View of Organizational Solidarity (The Chinese Social Science Press, 2010); Social Process of the Organization Change (Dongfang Press, 2006); Thoughts on the Chinese Work Unit Society (Shanghai, 2004); Structural Strains during the Process of Social Change (Social Sciences in China, 2010); Anomie Effect in Chinese Danwei-Organizations (Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, 2009); The Chinese Reform and Social Change in Danwei-Institutions (Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House).

Director-General of the Institute for Social Development
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
5 Jianguomennei Dajie, 100732 Beijing, China (PRC)

Professor Helen MILNER
Nominated by: International Political Science Association (IPSA). Supported by: the European Consortium for Political Research (ESPR).

Prof. Milner holds a PhD from Harvard University and taught at Columbia University for many years before joining Princeton. She is a B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, Chair of the Department of Politics and a founding Director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association since 2006 and elected as Vice President in 2009. She served as Vice President at the American Political Science Association (2006-2007); Chair of the Midwest Political Science Association Committee; member of the Advisory Committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2006-9, 2010-12). Dr. Milner has served as editor, associate editor or member of the Board of Editors of several reviews and journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Business Politics and International Organisations, among others.

She has written extensively on issues related to international political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. Prof. Milner is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the “digital divide” and the global diffusion of the internet, and the relationship between globalization and democracy. In addition, another strand of her recent research deals with American foreign economic policy. She investigates the sources of public and elite preferences for engagement with the international economy in the areas of international trade, foreign aid and immigration.

Chair, Department of Politics, Princeton University
135 Corwin Hall, Princeton, New Jersey, 08544-1012

Dr. Manfred Niessen
Nominated by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Supported by: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk (N.W.O. - Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG - German Research Foundation).

As Executive Director and Head of the Division for Humanities and Social Sciences of the leading German research funding organization, the German Research Foundation (DFG), Manfred Niessen holds a position of paramount significance to shape research policy as well as funding mechanisms in the Social Sciences (and the Humanities) in Germany and beyond. In order to cater for the growing requirements for international cooperation in the wake of increasingly pressing issues, as for example Global Change, he has been spearheading reforms on the internationalization of both, policy and funding mechanisms, which he has made a top priority of his division and thus contributed to its general acceptance of DFG in its entirety.

Some European bilateral and multilateral joint funding schemes with various partner organizations in Europe and beyond have been his brainchild, leading for example to cooperation with France, The Netherlands, UK, Italy and Russia. As DFG’s senior representative to ESF Social Sciences he initiated and promoted a Europe-wide funding mechanism. He has been member of the ESF Working Group on “Social Sciences and a European Research Council”. He recognized the importance of collaborative social science research with African scholars and, consequently, created and implemented the Programme Point Sud with the Centre for Local Knowledge Point Sud in Bamako, Mali. Due to his comprehensive experience he has been asked to serve in the ISSC’s Working Group “Task Force: Qualities, Strategies and Operations of ISSC”.

As a board member in relevant foundations he has been a strong advocate for activities to raise social science visibility and impact in the wider public, with school teachers and students in particular.

He has numerous publications in the field of the sociology of education and the methodology of international comparative research.

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Unit
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG - German Research Foundation)
Kennedyallee 40,D-53175 Bonn, Germany

Professor Elisa P. REIS
Nominated by: International Sociological Association

Elisa Reis (PhD in Political Science/MIT 1980) is Professor of Political Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, regional vice-president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). She is former president of the Brazilian Association for the Social Sciences (ANPOCS), former secretary of the Brazilian Sociological Society, and served as member of the executive committee of the International Sociological Association (2006-2010). She has been active in several other national and international associations, and has taught as visiting professor in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. A fellow of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq.), she has served as member of its deliberative board and continues to be an academic consultant there.

Her major interests are in political sociology, sociological theory, political economy and comparative historical sociology. Chair of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Social Inequality (NIED), she coordinates a group of scholars and graduate students in the development of theoretical and empirical research projects. She is member of the editorial board of several national and international academic periodicals.  Her books, articles, chapters, and other publications have addressed large historical comparisons of state-building processes, social perceptions of market and authority, elite perceptions of poverty and inequality, and the currently changing patterns of interaction between state, market, and civil society.

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Instituto de Filosofia e Ciencias Sociais
Largo de Sao Francisco, No. 1 Sala 412
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20051-070  Brazil
Tel: +55-21 22-47-73-77

Professor Yasuhiko SAITO
Nominated by: International Union for the Scientific Study of Populations (IUSSP)

Yasuhiko Saito is a Professor at the Advanced Research Institute for the Sciences and Humanities and a researcher at the Population Research Institute at Nihon University, Tokyo. He obtained his PhD in Sociology (1993) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

His areas of specialization are demography, aging and health. To understand aging societies and older adults’ health in particular, he does interdisciplinary work with researchers in the field of sociology, economics, gerontology, psychology, anthropology, social work, epidemiology, psychiatry, dentistry, internal medicine, nursing, among others.

His collaborative work with researchers extends over more than 20 countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria. Over the last 10 years, he has conducted a five-wave national longitudinal survey on aging and health in Japan. More recently, he conducted a national survey in the Philippines and supported surveys in Singapore and India. He is currently in the process of collecting data from France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Japan for a 5-country comparative study of centenarians. Prof. Saito promotes data collection for the study of aging and health in Asian countries.

Prof. Saito’s publications (in English and Japanese) and presentations at professional meetings cover topics such as: the association between insomnia and depression subtypes, disability-free life expectancy, healthy life expectancy in Japan and US, supercentenarians in Japan, health differences due to overweight, well-being and sleep, nursing care services for the elderly, emotional well-being in the elderly, survival beyond age 100, elder abuse, health care programs for the elderly, chewing ability and active life expectancy, regular exercise and healthy life expectancy, and intergenerational support between older adults and their adult children. He has organized international training workshops and meetings on health expectancy, and health policy for the aging population. He has served as a council member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (2005-2009).

Professor, Advanced Research Institute for the Sciences and Humanities
Nihon University
12-5 Goban-cho, Chiyoda-ku
102-8251, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Ranjit SINHA
Nominated by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR); Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC).

Ranjit Sinha was appointed as the Member Secretary of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in January 2009. He holds a PhD (1987) from the University of North Bengal.

During the past few decades, Dr. Sinha held important positions at national and international levels: as a Director of the International Education Consortium, New Delhi (1980s-1990s); Consultant to the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (early 1990s) a Director of the ICSSR and head of different ICSSR divisions, Vice-President of the Science Council of Asia, and Secretary of the Indian Social Science delegation to the former Soviet Union and China in the 1980s. He has represented the ICSSR in meetings in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore. He has recently signed Memorandums of Understanding between ICSSR and social science organizations in Thailand, China and Vietnam on behalf of the ICSSR. He has been an examiner of doctoral theses for a number of universities.

His research focuses on election studies, crime, poverty, unemployment, income distribution, energy, rural development, and rural leadership. Among his recent publications are articles and books on alternatives in education, primary education, population and development, as well as an analytical study of India and South Korea, and energy security in India and Russia (in press).

Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi, 110067i, Delhi, India

Ex Officio Members

Executive Director
International Social Science Council (ISSC)

Heide Hackmann read for a M.Phil in contemporary social theory at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and holds a PhD in science and technology studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands . Heide has worked as a science policy maker, researcher and consultant in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and South Africa. In her research work at the Universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Bielefeld (Germany), Keele (UK) and Twente (Netherlands), she has specialised in science policy studies, the governance of science, and research evaluation. She has participated in a number of EU Framework Programme projects and in 2004 initiated and directed the establishment of an ERA-NET Coordination Action focusing on the coordination of research between Europe and China (CO-REACH). Heide has undertaken science policy consultancy work for the South African Department of Science and Technology, the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the German Academic Exchange Service, the All European Academies, and the Netherlands Scientific Research Organisation. From 2003 to 2007 she served as Head of the Department of International Relations and Quality Assessment of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was elected to the position of Secretary-General of the ISSC by the Council’s General Assembly in November 2006, and has served as Executive Director since December 2010.

Executive Director

Professor Gudmund HERNES
Former President of the ISSC (2008-2010)

Gudmund Hernes is a Norwegian scholar, born in Trondheim in 1941. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr Hernes became a Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen (Norway) in 1969, where he was also Chairman of the Sociology Department and Director of the University’s Centre for Advanced Training in Social Research. Later he became a Professor at the University of Oslo. He was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Palo Alto, during the 1974-75 semesters, and twice Visiting Professor at Harvard University, in 1986 and in 1990.

Prof. Hernes served as Under-Secretary of Planning in Norway in 1980-81. He served as Minister of Education, Research and Ecclesiastic Affairs from 1990 to 1995 and, in this capacity, launched far-reaching educational reforms in primary, secondary and higher education. He served as Minister of Health in 1995-97 and also launched extensive reforms in this sector. He subsequently joined UNESCO as Director of the Paris-based International Institute for Educational Planning, and was UNESCO’s Coordinator for HIV/AIDS in the period 2001-2005.

Prof. Hernes has written and edited many specialized books, reports and, articles; has been on the editorial board of several international specialist journals, and is a member of several professional societies and academies. He is now a senior researcher at FAFO Institute for Applied Social Research in Oslo, and an Adjunct Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management.

Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research
POB 2947 Tøyen, N-0608 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47-22-088660
Fax: +47-22-088700