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Scientific Programmes

Since 1990, and under the auspices of its Framework Agreement with UNESCO, the ISSC has initiated and supported several international research programmes with the objective of fostering comparative, inter-disciplinary research by setting up networks of social scientists from different disciplines and regions of the world. Currently the Council sponsors or co-sponsors the following programmes:

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)

The IHDP was initiated by the ISSC in 1990. Today it is a joint programme of the ISSC, the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the United Nations University (UNU).

The IHDP is dedicated to promoting, catalyzing and co-ordinating research, capacity-building, and networking on the human dimensions of global environmental change.
As an active partner in the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), the IHDP collaborates with DIVERSITAS, the international programme on biodiversity science, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) to achieve a comprehensive understanding of global environmental change processes and their consequences for sustainable development.

The IHDP’s work is guided by an international Scientific Committee, comprising reputable scholars from various disciplinary and regional backgrounds. Members of this committee are appointed jointly by the ISSC, ICSU and the UNU.

Executive Director: Dr Anantha Kumar Duraiappah

Chair: Sir Partha Dasgupta
Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus pf Economics
University of Cambridge

IHDP Secretariat
United Nations University
UN Campus
D-53113  Bonn
Tel: + 49 228 81 50 600
Fax: +49 228 81 50 620

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Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)

The 29th International Council for Science (ICSU) General Assembly in 2008 mandated the establishment of a major new interdisciplinary programme of ten years’ duration entitled Integrated Research on Disaster Risk – the challenge of natural and human–induced environmental hazards (IRDR). The programme is co-sponsored by the ISSC and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

The IRDR programme addresses the impacts of disasters on regional and global scales and brings together the combined talents of the natural, socio-economic, health and engineering sciences from around the world. IRDR will focus on hazards related to geophysical, oceanographic, climate and weather trigger events – and even space weather and impact by near-Earth objects.

There are three major research objectives:

  • to address the gaps in knowledge and methods for the effective identification of disaster risks;
  • to better understand just how decisions can contribute to hazards becoming disasters – or reduce their effects; and,
  • to develop knowledge-based actions that will reduce risk and curb losses.

Three cross-cutting themes will support the objectives: capacity building, including mapping capacity for disaster reduction and building self-sustaining capacity at various levels for different hazards; the development of case studies and demonstration projects; and assessment, data management and monitoring of hazards, risks and disasters.

An important element of the programme is the development of case studies that will analyse disasters caused by natural phenomena to establish what was done well and what caused failure – to avoid repeating mistakes.

IRDR activites are driven by a scientific committee. The committee members are jointly appointed by ICSU, ISSC and ISDR.

Scientific committee chair: Sálvano Briceño

Executive Director: Dr. Jane E. Rovins

IRDR Secretariat:
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk IPO
c/o Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
B713, No. 9 Dengzhuang South Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100094, P.R. China
Tel: +86 10 8217 8917

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Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

CROP is a programme of the ISSC, hosted and co-sponsored by the University of Bergen, Norway. CROP builds independent, alternative and critical knowledge and education, which can inform policy.

CROP is governed by a Scientific Committee, which is responsible for developing the programme’s scientific portfolio. It mobilizes critical poverty research and education on poverty through a worldwide interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary network of like-minded institutions and individuals (the CROPNet) and a selected group of Fellows who act as ambassadors of the Programme. CROP National Committees are intended to promote CROP’s vision and objectives and create national research synergies.

CROP organizes scientific events, promotes research activities, establishes core international, comparative projects, and disseminates research through an extensive collection of resources and publications.

The CROP Strategic Plan 2010-2011 has seven key interrelated priority actions:
1. Developing a critical global poverty research agenda
2. Developing and coordinating interdisciplinary south-south and south-north comparative research
3. Building and extending the global reach and impact of the CROP network and facilitating exchange
4. Strengthening poverty research capacities through educational activities
5. Promoting dialogue with policy and decision makers, opinion shapers and civil society
6. Developing an effective outreach and information strategy
7. Professionalizing the CROP Secretariat and developing of an international resource mobilization strategy

Scientific Committee Chair: Prof. Thomas Pogge

Scientific Director: Alberto Cimadamore

CROP Secretariat
P.O. Box 7800
5020 Bergen
Phone +4755 58 97 44
Fax: + 47 55 58 97 45

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Gender, Globalization and Democratisation (GGD)

The GGD programme began in 1998 as an ISSC Research Committee and was recognized as an inter-disciplinary scientific programme in 2004.

The programme’s objectives are to:

  • offer a global organisational structure to bring together scholars working in the area of GGD; to develop joint research projects to generate knowledge that can be used as a foundation for policy initiatives to improve the lives of women;
  • provide an output of scholarly publications and other materials to understand and address problems generated for women by globalization;
  • to collaborate with international, national and local organizations, including other ISSC member organisations, in order to foster a sound financial and institutional foundation for a long-term research and training programme on GGD.

Chair: Prof. Jane H. Bayes

c/o Political Science Department
California State University
Tel: +1 310 45 97 151
Fax: +1 818 66 74 502

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