World Social Science Report

The World Social Science Report is produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and co-published with UNESCO. Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contribute with their expertise to the publication. The Report is a comprehensive overview of the field and it is published every three years.

Former Reports:

Report 2010: Knowledge divides 

Report 2013: Changing global environments


World Social Science 2016

Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World

Never before has inequality been so high on the agenda of policy-makers worldwide, or such a hot topic for social science research. More journal articles are being published on the topic of inequality and social justice today than ever before.

This is the Summary of the 2016 World Social Science Report. It draws on the insights of over 100 social scientists and other thought leaders from all over the world, across various disciplines, to emphasize transformative responses to inequality at all levels, from the grass-roots to global governance.

It concludes that:unchecked inequality could jeopardize the sustainability of economies, societies and communities;inequalities should not just be understood and tackled in terms of income and wealth: they are economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spatial and knowledge-based;the links and intersections between inequalities need to be better understood to create fairer societies;a step change towards a research agenda that is interdisciplinary, multiscale and globally inclusive is needed to inform pathways toward greater equality.

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